S1 – E11 – Gaining Informed Consent

EP 011: Gaining Informed Consent w/ Sean Brokenshire

Show Notes

Gaining consent isn’t easy, especially when the subject you’re looking to film or photograph is in a heightened state of distress.

In this episode, Mez and Toby welcome Sean Brokenshire to the CCBB studio to discuss the intricacies of “informed consent”.

Having worked as a communications expert for a large NGO in some of the world’s poorest countries over the past 10 years, Sean shares his thoughts on the rights and wrongs of gaining that consent from people living in poverty, often dealing with disease, and how even with consent, you still need to make a decision about whether or not to publish particular stories.

Sean wrote two incredible and insightful blog pieces on Informed Consent and Non-profit branding: building trust through integrity and consistency – Follow the links to have a read.
Sean Brokenshire. Photo: M. Schofield

We sat down with Sean and asked him a few questions. It was an insightful interview with a highly skilled communications specialist, a multimedia producer, a humanitarian and a deeply empathetic human being. 

Have a listen below to this great informative interview. 

Some things we asked Sean…

Sean tell us a bit about who you are and what you do…

On informed consent…

What is informed consent?

Why is informed consent important?

How do you gain a person’s consent?

How do you protect privacy?

We also touch on the ethics that goes along with being in a position where you are responsible for telling someones story to the world. 

We get into a discussion on photo ethics and ‘poverty touring’- people photographing people in vulnerable situations for no purpose at all. 

It’s a ripper of an episode and we were so glad to have Sean as our FIRST EVER GUEST!

Thanks again to Sean Brokenshire, check him out here: www.remote-digital-freelancer.com/ 

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Toby Forage

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.