In one photo, a woman is on all fours, presumably picking something up, her posterior pressed against a glass window.
Another photo shows a couple in bathrobes, their feet touching beneath a table. And there is one of a man, in jeans and a T-shirt, lying on his side as he takes a nap.
In all the photos, taken by New York City artist Arne Svenson from his second-floor apartment, the faces are obscured or not shown. The people are unidentifiable.
But the residents of a glass-walled luxury residential building across the street had no idea they were being photographed. And they never consented to being subjects for the works of art that are now on display — and for sale — in a Manhattan gallery.
“I don’t feel it’s a violation in a legal sense, but in a New York, personal sense there was a line crossed,” said Michelle Sylvester. She lives in the residential building called the Zinc Building, which stands out with its floor-to-ceiling windows in a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and old, brick warehouse buildings.
Svenson’s apartment is directly across the street, just to the south, giving him a clear view of his neighbors simply by looking out his window.
“I think there’s an understanding that when you live here with glass windows, there will be straying eyes,” Sylvester said. “But it feels different with someone who has a camera.”
Svenson’s show, “The Neighbors,” opened last Saturday at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea, where about a dozen large prints are on sale for up to $7,500. His exhibit is drawing a lot of attention, not for the quality of the work, but for the manner in which it was made.
Svenson did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. But he says in material accompanying the exhibit that the idea for it came when he inherited a telephoto lens from a friend, a birdwatcher who recently died.
“For my subjects there is no question of privacy; they are performing behind a transparent scrim on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high,” Svenson says in the gallery notes. “The neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs.”
That explanation has done little to satisfy some residents of the Zinc Building, where a penthouse was once listed at nearly $6 million.
In an e-mail circulating among the building’s owners and renters this week, a resident whose apartment was depicted in Svenson’s photographs suggested legal recourse against the artist.
“I am not an expert in this area of the law, but I do think we may have some rights and the ability to stop this,” the e-mail reads. “I love art, but find this to be an outrageous invasion of privacy.”
Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel said that according to New York civil rights law, there may be a way for Svenson’s subjects to challenge him in court, but the case will depend entirely on context.
“The question for the person who’s suing is, if you’re not identifiable, then where’s the loss of privacy?” he said. “These issues are a sign of the times.
“How do you balance the right of privacy vis-à-vis the right of artistic expression?”
Linda Darcia, an exchange student from Colombia living with a family on the sixth floor facing Svenson’s studio, said she had no idea whether she was depicted in any of the pieces. But she was anxious to go to the gallery and find out.
“I’m not really upset about it because that’s his job,” she said. “But maybe he should have asked before the gallery opens.
“Everybody’s talking about it.”
The first boss of the heroic version of Heart of Fear is causing some
problems. The irony of the mantid raid having some bug issues has not
escaped us here at WoW Insider, but there are some more serious issues
at hand than light hearted jokes can describe. After nearly 17 hours of
raiding in the US, and 8 in the UK, Blizzard Community Manager Nethaera
took to buy wow gold cheap to say the following:
The Heroic Zor'lok encounter is currently more difficult than intended.
While we prefer to avoid changes to encounters in the midst of
progression, we would like to fix a few quality of life issues and make
some targeted balance changes that do not invalidate the efforts that
guilds have put into learning the encounter so far. Later today a hotfix
will make the following adjustments:
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This doesn't mean I want them to be painful or tedious. But while I am endlessly delighted by transmogrification, I don't think I need to feel the same obsessive joy in arrange my stats that I do in picking out new looks. In fact, I think it might actually detract from the game and the parts I do enjoy if reforging was compelling gameplay instead of a means to an end. That's because the name of the game, having a lot of options to gameplay, can only sustain so much interest before it becomes overwhelming. Everyone has a threshold of interest they can sustain.
Some of us can do enough content in a week that valor caps seem restrictive, while others of us can barely even cap valor in a week. Some of us love alts, others can barely manage to keep one character going. These differences are what has led World of Warcraft to become a game with the dichotomy of enormous choice in terms of what content we can choose yet restrictions on how much benefit you can get from it, to make it more optional.
Into this mixture, elements of the game that are neither astonishingly enjoyable nor game-breakingly tedious serve an important function. They provide leavening. They create breaks between the peaks and valleys of the game experience - the crushing disappointments of nights spent wiping, or bosses who refuse to drop your desired item and the dizzy elation of a close arena match swinging in your favor, a first boss kill for your guild. There's an old saying that if everything is special, then nothing is, and one could argue that if the entire game strives to be fun at all times you'll soon come to lose out that sense of fun.
It's hard to write about Varian Wrynn, and it's got nothing to buy wow gold cheap, and everything to do with how that character was presented. Because Varian's story was so entwined with print material, it's very difficult for the average player to see who this guy is, and what makes him tick. We've been presented with a lot of different Varians in game, the latest being the somewhat more patient leader of armies, the first being his impressively violent debut in Wrath of the Lich King. But all of the in between is littered in a series of comics, novels and short stories that many may not have read.
What you do need to know about Varian Wrynn is that he was just a boy when his father, King Llane Wrynn, was killed. He was there to witness the moment that his father was murdered. Garona, a half-orc who had until that point been pleasant and incredibly smart, open to diplomatic matters and capturing the tentative friendship of the king, was Varian's only real reference point for the orcish race. And when Garona went from diplomat to murderer right before Varian's terrified eyes, that was the impression he was left with -- one that still haunts him to this day.
To Varian, this is the legacy of the Wrynn line. It isn't a peaceful reign, it isn't a noble or proud lineage. It's a lineage that ends, ultimately, in death -- brutal, uncompromising death that occurs the moment a Wrynn lets his guard down. King Llane trusted Garona, and that trust left him a corpse in the throne room, his heart torn from his body and taken by the half-orc. And that was only the first loss Varian would experience in his young life.
Varian was swept north along with the survivors of the orcish assault to Lordaeron by Anduin Lothar, right-hand of the king and almost a second father to Varian. Lothar also met his end at orcish hands, although Varian wasn't there to witness it directly. But you can guarantee that when Varian heard the news, the first thing he remembered was that horrifying moment in the throne room, when he went from heir to the throne to orphan in a split second.