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Pickathon 2013

Added on by Thomas Boyd.

This is my fifth year covering Pickathon and unlike other annual events I shoot, I never seem to tire of it. It's not just the music, which for the most part, I'm totally into. 

It's about the festival's photo policies. They believe in simple rules. They don't impose a three song limit unless the artist specifically requests it. Since I've been shooting there only one artist has ever imposed it.

I don't remember ever being asked to do anything or ever being stopped from going somewhere by security. This is a remarkable thing to say these days. It seems like every year, every venue and every event continues to tighten controls on photographers. I could write an entire essay on this issue, but I my point is that Pickathon does it right and they always have. I hope that never changes.