In New York, a photographer took photos out his second-floor apartment window in the windows of his neighbors across the way. The faces are not visible in the images, which are now being offered for sale.
If you don’t already know this, you should: The Constitution gives you no right to privacy. Various state laws offer some privacy protection, but what this artist did is not illegal. You or I or anyone else could take your picture and sell it as art. I could sell a portrait of your child on the sidewalk. I could sell a picture of you crossing the street.
But I wouldn’t. Yes, in New York, we can look out our windows and into other people’s windows. Have my neighbors seen me napping, drinking beer or staring at myself in the mirror? Undoubtedly. Before Carlos came along, I was pretty good at closing the blinds, but Carlos likes to look out the windows, and I don’t like to open and close and open and close the blinds all day. I do most of my undressing in the bathroom, limiting my neighbors’ chances of catching me naked and selling a photo at a gallery.
In my current apartment, I’m more fascinated by watching people on the street. My Hell’s Kitchen apartment, however, had me looking straight into another building (no street between us). I knew what my neighbors liked to watch on TV, I got worried when works-on-his-computer-in-the-window guy disappeared, and then there was the nudity.
Can we all just agree that selling pictures like this is icky and unethical?