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| p.2 #17 · Vandalism at Joshua Tree National Park |
One could argue we the photographers are the true vandals.
One could argue anything; that doesn't mean one would always be correct. In fact, some arguments are just baseless.
Taking a photo of something is NOT vandalizing it; when we leave, the object/place is fundamentally the same as when we arrived. The same is not true of someone spraying paint all over the place, carving their names into trees, etc.
When I was a Boy Scout back in the 1960s and '70s, we had a saying with regard to hiking and camping: "Take only photographs, leave only footprints." I would add that we were even taught ways to minimize the latter. This is still my philosophy today.