Lux – Ethics and Standards

Updated 02 Apr 2022

As a spin-off venture of mine in physics and greater academia, FWPhys LUX is built on the same pillars of equity, integrity, and social responsibility. Furthermore, I embrace the creative commons spirit, where practical and sensible.

Apart from faithfully photographing my clients and returning finished product on time, whenever I am behind the lens, I strive to follow the Code of Ethical Photography outlined at https://globalphoto.unc.edu/ethical-guidelines/.

This means that I will

  1. garner respect for my subjects and the communities I document, and always request consent and clarification if any produced image can be deemed sensitive by any party;
  2. respect the cultural preferences in terms of location choices, time of day, and attire choices of the client;
  3. keep the produced photos confidential and securely encrypted, unless explicit consent is given for re-publication or re-use;
  4. NOT exploit anybody’s trust or sympathy, be it the client or a potential viewer;
  5. NOT frame my images in such a way that they contribute to stereotypes or generalisations;
  6. NOT partake in the fabrication of false narratives or misinformation initiated by any other groups or individuals.

Political and Special Topics

I might photograph political rallies and demonstrations on my own accord, but I do not accept invitations to be at any particular one, and will always refuse any payments to help promote any side of an public discourse.

The ethics code still applies to any work I may produce while in attendance of such an event.

While the array of topics and styles I am willing to work on is vast, appointment requests from individuals or groups deemed to represent, embellish or celebrate the following topics will be automatically rejected.

  • Consumption of illegal substances, whether implied or explicit.
  • Street racing, dangerous driving, and illegal aftermarket customisation.
  • Theft, fraud, money laundering, and organised crime.
  • Exploitation and abuse of fellow human beings.
  • Colonialism, religious extremism, racism, and sexism, whether implied or explicit.
  • Romanticisation of violence or threats of violence and cruelty.
  • Degradation of environment, this includes overly lavish parties and on-scene photo events that take place in protected areas without proper government oversight.
  • Advocation of unethical and unproductive social narratives, and opposition to the scientific method or progress.