My personal challenge is based on a challenge from another blogger, George Mully: moments in Indigenous communities — Library and Archives Canada Blog (With Challenge). My personal challenge is when you photograph or video, please document where, when, and if people are in the photo/video, document the individuals you know. If you do a close-up of an individual, you should get a photo/video release as you don’t know if they have valid reasons not to want be part of your montage.
Years ago I was an AmeriCorps member and I helped out at another agency’s event. The event started with asking people not to photograph anyone. The event included children from a local agency that had been placed with the agency due to abuse, neglect, rape, or similar situations where one or more people might be looking to find them with less than honorable intentions. That didn’t stop people from taking photographs, but it did cut down the number of people taking photos. You could take photos of the different displays.
My sister has plenty of photographs they were taken by other family members. If it involves my siblings or father, I can usually date the photos within a good time frame if there are enough details in the background. As we moved around a lot when I was growing up, I can go by which house we lived in to get within a couple of years. If there are baby pictures or young infant photos, it may be more difficult in many cases. There is a case where I have to go by what I am seeing or not seeing. We lived in one place two different times. If the house wasn’t bricked, I can narrow it down a lot. If the back bedroom hasn’t been added, that narrows it down. If the metal shed is gone, then it’s after a hurricane destroyed the shed.
There are clues that you or some other family members may know the answer to date, place, and people in the photo or video. A few bloggers and genealogists hold picture/video parties during family get-togethers to see if those in attendance can identify who, when, and where.