“As you can imagined I am in a state of shock. I feel ashamed and humiliated for trusting CNN. I am stunned that they would take my work out of context. I spent a long time looking at their website before agreeing to show my work and in no way did I see any indication that they were subverting photographers work to lead to controversy that would provide greater visibility of their site. Still, I take responsibility for not knowing better.”


Photographer Stacy Kranitz commenting on CNN’s choice of her material to portray Appalachia.

This is well worth your time reading.

From the excellent walkyourcamera.com blog of Roger May.

John MacPherson was born in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as Disabled Ski Instructor, canoe instructor and stained glass design tutor. He has travelled extensively, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years.

More articles from John Macpherson

  • http://walkyourcamera.com Roger May


    I finally make it on Duckrabbit and…my blog is incorrectly attributed to Jim Merithew. But Jim’s awesome, so I’m sort of OK with that! Thanks for the kind words about the blog.



    • http://www.john.macpherson.btinternet.co.uk/about.html John Macpherson

      Oh bugger! A hasty dash out this morning with small boy and I did not do as thorough a job posting as I should have.

      Mea culpa. And ahh the irony!

      Please accept my apologies Roger.

      • http://walkyourcamera.com Roger May

        John, no worries! Thanks for checking in. You and your small boy and me and my 17 year-old daughter who’s getting ready for prom tomorrow! They grow so incredibly fast.

        Again, thanks and cheers.

        • http://www.john.macpherson.btinternet.co.uk/about.html John Macpherson

          The way William is at 4….I can’t imagine 17…..gasp!

  • http://duckrabbit.info/ David White

    Hey Roger, apologies on behalf of the duck. That was our own visual myth and bad editing, but thanks for being cool.

  • http://walkyourcamera.com Roger May

    Thanks David for being quick and cool too!