Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.
I saw a TV ad sometime ago and recently saw it again, it saw a TV ad by HSBC entitled “Integrity”, where a photographer (paparazzi) is taking photos of a celebrity and wanted to take more photos of her more personal life, with the copy saying, “For many people, integrity is as important as money”.
Then I remembered a blog a few years back written by Jeryc Garcia, a photographer and an award winning creative, which talks about how a photographer would take a photo of a underprivileged child or person, then entering it in contests and winning, then buying the latest gears and taking more photographs of them not thinking of what they think or even giving back just a little something to them.
Is there a sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motives of one’s actions?
There was one incident recently where a student downloaded a photo in the web and claiming it to be his own entered in a contest and to think the he is a student of political science…
Now where is the truthfulness in that?
A lot of photographers today not take advantage of the underprivileged and include their photos to their portfolio and even enter them in contests…
But do they really care about them? Do they look back and think about how they are doing or even think of really helping them?
Most of us do not!
Think about the ethical values, actions, principles and outcome of your actions.
And it sometimes depresses me thinking of what they are doing!