On a nice day last spring, students Jim McQuillan, Shelley Hintmann, Amy Preston, and Stephen Bala were eating their lunches in the quad, completely unaware that they were being watched...and photographed.
Photo taken from myDU
But they were being photographed. Sure enough, come fall 2008, one of the pictures taken of them that day was plastered on the myDU website for the Amazing Possibilities Campaign.
Ok, they are Dominican students and we all (probably?) signed some kind of consent form at one point, but still. Personally, I don't think I would be thrilled if my picture just appeared on myDU without my knowledge that pictures were ever even taken in the first place.
"When I first saw the picture of all of us on myDU, I thought it was cool. For like a second," said junior Amy Preston. "Then I realized it was a total stalker picture, and got kind of creeped out."
Preston admits that she was surprised when she first saw the photo and slightly offended. "Maybe they didn't have to ask our permission, I know they were going for an objective view, something not staged, but you would have thought they would have asked us to take the pic. I find it strange they didn't."
Perhaps the mystery photographer was trying to capture the "essence" of Dominican. I still don't think it would have been ridiculous for the photographer to ask for permission, or at least make the students aware that Dominican was going to use the photos.
What do you think about this? Would you care if this happened to you? Do you find it creepy, or not a big deal?
The Amazing Possibilities Campaign is over. But that doesn't mean more pictures won't be taken. Be on the look out for these photographers, because otherwise you might end up another oblivious student on the myDU website.