A secondary aspect of this, which I was not sure of what to do at the time and am not sure if I handled properly… what about interview requests and the like? The Aerogram ran an interview of me where some pictures were re-posted on their website. I didn’t suggest any pictures in particular, but they asked me if they could use some accompanying photos from the website on the story. I said yes, because I didn’t know which pictures they would use and for those submitters without tumblrs, it is sometimes hard to figure out who submitted. Perhaps I should have thought about it more. When someone submits to RBD, are they also willing to be used in related media? Should I include that caveat on the submission page, or should I go back and ask people on an individual basis when I get an interview request?
A submitter has rightly criticized me for making a glib comment about photoshopping her picture of her family and/or using it as a profile picture. It was a totally stupid post that I didn’t consider well at all. I am sorry for the breach of trust and for any stress I have caused. If you submit to this blog, I would never use any material for any posting beyond what you have authorized.
Initially, this blog started as a personal reflection on my parent’s past and that of my family friends. I used to write captions imagining radder worlds in the past that are now lost to us. It was a fun way to exercise my writing as well. As I began to get submissions from people I didn’t know, I was confronted with the problem of captions. Submitters wrote beautiful, captivating captions about their parents and I had to figure out how to balance the submissions with my own desires and viewpoints. My attitude has generally been to just comment on what I find interesting about the picture; suggesting that others might do something with the image itself was a step over the line and a dumb joke. I realize I have no ownership over any of the submissions to this blog. I merely am sharing your comments and reflections.
Already before, I considered changing this into an image only blog, because providing commentary on others pictures struck me as potentially problematic. This misstep of mine has just provided pretty strong evidence for that. I am going to think about ways to make this better; I will either stop providing commentary of my own or I will just eliminate captions altogether. Regardless, I wanted to say I’m sorry if I offended anyone or made them feel disrespected. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
— W.E.B. DuBois in ‘India’s Relation to Negros and the Color Problem’
thelittlebridge asked: Omg I am so excited about finding this blog! I can't wait to get back home and ask my Abbu if I can post some of his old college pics! I know you mostly post vintage stuff but could you go for a then and now set? Cuz my dad had an awesome 'stache but right now he's got a super rad white goatee.
I do mostly post vintage stuff, but if the then-and-now is rad enough, it will be posted, little bridge!