[Ansteorra] Why aren't we doing this?
herrdetlef at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 18:07:04 PDT 2010
My two widow's mites:
Taking pictures during a court ceremony is roughly akin to taking pictures
during a wedding or other church service. Neither should be considered
acceptable, considering the solemnity of the moment. Wedding pictures are
normally taken before or after the service, and peerage pictures could also
be taken before or after the peerage ceremony (or investiture, or what have
I would like to note that, when Her Majesty the Queen of Great
Britain's coronation was televised in 1953 (the first and, so far, only
coronation ceremony to be televised), the cameras did not capture the moment
of the monarch's anointing, which is the most sacred moment of the
coronation service. I don't know if I'm a dinosaur for thinking a little
respect for the most profound moments in our lives is appropriate, but there
you go. Cameras, even in the twenty-first century, can be pretty invasive,
and I think they're best left to an off-site (not off the event site, but
off the court site) photo-op. I'm keeping in mind the wedding portraits that
were taken of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their wedding party in
1981, and of the coronation portraits that have been made of Kings and
Queens at least as far back as Queen Elizabeth I. Such portraits do not show
the actual MOMENT of crowning, or of the marriage ceremony, but they do
provide a treasured memento of the occasion at hand.
I'm currently reading James Pope-Hennessy's biography of Queen Mary, and her
coronation portrait on the frontispeace is most spectacular. She stands in
her coronation robes and Garter regalia, wearing the thistles-and-roses
diamond tiara while her actual crown sits on a drape-covered table at her
side. Her Brittanic Majesty's coronation portrait in front of a backdrop of
King Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey is also quite
impressive--again, not showing the exact MOMENT, but definitely recalling
ON THE OTHER HAND, if the peer/investee in question wishes the ceremony to
be photographed, who am I to say it can't be done?
Detlef von Marburg
On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:19 PM, Bill Toscano <liamstliam at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is Hell well-lit?
> And will it be when it's frozen over?
> On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:12 PM, Cynthia Whitford
> <simonevalery at comcast.net>wrote:
> > But if people are using flash photography to get pictures of me getting
> >> Laurel (suuuuuuuure, Liam), it's damaging the moment for a lot of other
> >> people.
> > so - when getting your Laurel, be sure it happens in a daytime court so
> > can all take good pictures!
> > regards,
> > Simone :-)
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