Why Are There Only Two Photographs Per Entry?
The purpose of providing photographs is two-fold; firstly, the exterior photo is meant as a minor assist to visitors in locating the church; secondly, the photos add a measure of visual appeal to what would otherwise be a rather dry recitation of geographic, demographic, and schedule data. Would more be better? Perhaps, but three considerations decisively argue against increasing the number displayed:
Where Do You Obtain The Photographs That You Use?
Photographs are obtained from a wide variety of sources:
We are very pleased that, to date, no one to whom we've reached out has ever declined our request for permission to use a photo. That's a bit extraordinary given that some requests are made to persons completely removed from the subject of this directory; probably the best such example is that of a request directed to operators of a karate school housed in a former EC mission.
We're very grateful to everyone who has contributed or allowed use of their photos and we try to acknowledge our sources in the 'Notes' that appear three-quarters of the way down the page in each entry.
Do You Have Special Requirements For The Photos That You Accept And Use?
There are no specific requirements, but there are things that shouldn't be factored into deciding to take or submit a photo and things that should be considered.
Let's start with things NOT to consider (especially if there's currently no photo of the church).
Don't decline to take or submit a photo because:
Remember, in its truest sense, a church is not the building in which you pray, rather it is the community consisting of you and your fellow believers who come together in that building to worship. Regardless of its architectural rendering, its liturgical furnishings, or its accoutrements, the physical structure achieves its true beauty by reason of what transpires within it. You can be confident that God equally rejoices in the fervent prayers of those worshiping in a hovel or a cathedral.
As to the real or perceived shortcomings of your photo, your camera, or your skills as a photographer - technology is no cure-all but it can make a passable faux silk purse of a sow's ear.
Things that should be considered:
Do you allow photos that appear in the Directory to be copied, reproduced, or used elsewhere?
The answer is not a simple yes or no; however, no photograph that appears in the Directory may be copied, reproduced, or used for any commercial purpose.
Any photograph that originally was posted to the Photo Gallery of the Byzantine Forum or which was made for the express purpose of inclusion in the Directory is the copyrighted property of www.byzcath.org. Requests for permission to copy, reproduce, or use such for non-commercial purposes, in print, on-line, or in any other medium, should be directed by e-mail to the site owner. The request must include a description of where, how, and by whom it will be used. Each request will be considered on its own merits and, if granted, will require that the individual or entity to whom it is granted attribute the photograph to this site. Such permission should not be construed to allow further copying, reproduction, or use without the express permission of the owner of this site.
We can not and will not grant permission for the copying, reproduction, or use of any photograph that is attributed in the 'Notes' accompanying its Directory entry to an individual, a parish, a business, or an institution, or which is indicated in that attribution as having originated on another website. We neither hold any ownership rights in such photographs nor do we have any authority or license to re-grant the permission afforded to us by the photo's owner. On request, we will make a reasonable effort to assist anyone seeking to contact the individual or entity from which we received permission for the photo's use.
How do I submit a photo to be used on the directory?
Please e-mail it to the Directory Webmaster . Keep in mind, however, that it isn't a photo contest. We don't wish to seem ungrateful but, if we presently have a very nice photograph of a church in place, we'd encourage you to go and shoot a picture of some church for which we have nothing to illustrate its entry.