Update to the blog entry below: The links to ApneaticMedia.com no longer arrive at information page set up by Apnea to keep people, um, abreast of the lawsuit, and some preliminary investigation indicates this is because a gag order has been imposed on their court case. On March 3, Philip wrote a one-line explanation on his DeviantART page, “i am under a contract that prevents me from discussing it but there’s probably lots of info on both sides of the story available via google.” Nonetheless in the few days they were able to make their appeal, the fundraiser raised $3,675 from more than 100 supporters, and would have raised more if they were allowed to continue to speak about it, I am sure.
My laptop is in the shop but I am writing from work about an important fund for photographer Philip Warner, aka Lithium Picnic.
Last May I wrote the blog entry “Save Lithium Picnic” (reproduced below), about his legal battle to protect his art. That battle is now underway and legal expenses are skyrocketing. As much as they hesitate to do so, they need to ask for your support. He and his wife, the model Apnea, have set up a donation widget that accepts PayPal.
I’ve donated $10 and I encourage you to do the same after you read up on the situation. Read my May 2007 blog entry below, read up on the case via web searches of your own, and read Apnea’s message explaining why they are asking for your help.
Save Lithium Picnic
One of the best artists of alternative nude (non-pornographic) art, Philip Warner — popularly known as Lithium Picnic — is being forced to sell off his photography equipment and even his studio so that he can defend his right to express himself through his art. A claim that he has no right to photograph his friend Apnea and other models has been brought down on him.
“We know we are in the right and we won’t give up or go away until we are able to live our lives freely and unmolested,” says Apnea in her latest update about the situation. But they are facing a cruel foe.
“Spiritually speaking nothing cleanses the soul more than disproportionate retribution,” Sean Suhl, the owner of Suicide Girls, wrote on his blog. You and I know that is false, and that it is an affectation of character that the owner of Suicide Girls should be ashamed of. It is an affectation that is guiding his actions as he tries to destroy Lithium and Apnea.
It comes down to this: Lithium Picnic honored the letter (but perhaps not the spirit) of a non-competition agreement with the Suicide Girls, and he will likely win the legal challenge once it is heard — but the owner of the Suicide Girls appears to be hoping to end Lithium’s livelihood by simply overwhelming him, burdening him with protracted costs of defense until he has nothing left.