I am Stephen Haynes, owner and author of this Truth and Justice For All blog.  I am an artistic photographer and retired attorney.  My principal photographic subjects are the artistic nude, travel and street photography. My photography may be seen in three locations, all of them based here on my own site:

I have written this blog since November 2006, and (except for a break in mid-2010) posted on virtually a daily basis during that period.  In its previous manifestation, this blog was called “Magic Flute Fine Art Nudes” and appeared on Blogger.  After being censored by Google, however, I resolved to move my writing to a friendlier venue, and a WordPress installation on my own server made eminently good sense.

The Google censorship deserves special mention.  In 2010 I discovered that Google had de-indexed my blog in February 2009.  Research on subjects about which I wrote would never show one of my posts.  Except for the fact the blog was physically still present, I had been rendered invisible to the Internet world.  Google had “disappeared” me, and that is the subject of my article, “Disappeared by Google.”

Because nudes are a preferred subject, I choose to include one with every post.  Some may object, either being offended by the nudity per se, or feeling that it detracts from my comments.  I actually feel just the opposite — the beauty in the photographs (like many, I consider the female nude to be a very beautiful subject) is a pleasant counterfoil to the often sordid, and certainly serious subjects about which I write.  Moreover, in my world, the nude body is “truth.”  If your objection is serious enough, you won’t come back; if you are neutral on the subject, or if my photography pleases you, welcome!  (Oh, and in case you think sooner or later I’ll run out, well, by recent count I have enough to last over twenty years.)

My blog subjects are many, including:

  • Photography, its practitioners and fans.
  • 18 U.S.C. § 2257 and 2257A — the burdensome and intrusive criminal law provision making it a felony to fail to keep records and publish notices regarding certain nude photography.  The subject of my book, A Photographer’s Guide to Section 2257.  If you photograph nudes and are not thoroughly familiar with this statute, you flirt with disaster.
  • Photographers’ civil liberties.  This prominently includes the so-called “War on Photography,” during which police and other authorities have intimidated and harassed photographers, including destruction or confiscation of their property; I have identified police violations of photographers’ civil rights and suggested “best practices” for photographers confronting such situations.
  • The ethics of street photography, discussing whether photographers owe any ethical duty to subjects photographed in public.
  • Hypocrisy in all forms, but especially targeting politicians, religious leaders and others in authority.  A favorite subject has been homophobic political or religious leaders discovered to be themselves homosexual (it seems to be a never-ending list).
  • Societies, cultures and religions in which women are second-class citizens; I wonder why the world tolerates them (multiculturalism run amok).

For those for whom credentials are important, there are two sorts:  My photography is largely self-taught, although I’ve been doing it digitally since the very beginning of digital SLRs (2000), and have done nudes since 2001.  I work presently with a Canon EOS 5D, using a selection of top-flight lenses, although my favorite is the ol’ trusty 28-70mm f/2.8 “L” from Canon.  In the course of those years I’ve taken numerous workshops, most of them dealing with technical continuing education, and most of those dealing with Photoshop, in which I’m very competent.  I sell my photography via fine art prints — see the separate page regarding Prints; I do no commercial photography, no weddings, no portraits, etc.  In other respects, I come from a liberal arts background (B.A. in Humanities from one of the Big Ten schools), and also have a law degree from University of Chicago.

Disclosure:  I am an Amazon.com Associate.  That means that when I mention, comment on or recommend a book, I link to Amazon with a URL that provides me a teeny revenue should you purchase the book.  It in no way influences whether I like or (occasionally dislike) a book.

Finally, a word about comments.  I invite anyone to offer comments regarding anything I’ve written.  If you disagree with me, that’s fine — but keep it civil.  I will not tolerate intemperate language, ad hominem arguments (whether directed at me or at others), or plain ol’ nastiness.  If you wish to be nasty, write your own blog.  (If I don’t like your tone, I won’t post your comment, and I reserve the right to apply “one strike and you’re out.”)  Oh, and I often do not reply to comments, but if you do offer a thoughtful comment, and I think it merits a thoughtful reply, I may post both comment and reply on the main page.  Too few people read the comments, after all, and if you take the time to give us food for thought it should be shared with the greater audience.

The people who come after the blog post? They are commenters. They are not bloggers. Calling them bloggers is like calling everyone on a bus the bus driver. No, there are entertaining people who ride the bus and scary people who ride the bus and annoying people who ride the bus. There are even people who will try to make the bus go some place the driver doesn’t want to take it. But that doesn’t make any of them the bus driver.

Same with commenters. They can be smart, entertaining, scary, annoying, or even hijacking. They do not write the blog. Some blogs don’t even have commenters.

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