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Australian Photographer in Hot Water After Threat-Filled Facebook Tirade

Update: Mr. Hamilton has gotten in touch with us to tell his side of the story, filling in some of the missing pieces that help explain his actions. Read the full update at the bottom.


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Think before you post. This should be the message greeting all of us when we open up our social network of choice. Before we get a chance to do anything else, a big bold ALL CAPS message reminding us that our social media comments have consequences should appear front and center.

Maybe if they had, Australian photographer Mark Hamilton wouldn’t be embarrassed, apologizing for a Facebook tirade in which he threatened to release racy photos of a model because she had ‘liked’ a post that insulted him.

Reading that last sentence, you might think we’re click-baiting you and that this story isn’t quite as inflammatory as it sounds — but we’re not, and it certainly seems to be.

The whole mess began when Hamilton took to Facebook to berate the Darwin modeling agency for allegedly not booking their models paid work. That was met with a reply by a modeling director who called Hamilton a “an absolute f***wit,” a post that Darwin Cup Carnival ambassador Kahlia-May Gepp ‘liked.’

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Hamilton didn’t take kindly to the ‘like,’ and immediately unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against Gepp in which he threatened to reveal unflattering and racy pictures of her to the world. Here are the highlights, from both public and private messages, as reported by News.com.au:

  • “Remember, I have of piccys (sic) you may not like on the net — so I’m a f***wit now? What do you think that will make me do with them?”
  • “Mark this is straight up bullying. I gave you the answer you asked for, now please leave me alone”
  • “No Kahlia — I demand a retraction to your BS ‘Like’. Think before you f*** with ppl that can cause you s*** OK???”
  • “I will name and shame chicks I have given my time to and made look great. I should post a before and after album with some of them”
  • “I couldn’t give a s*** about (the modelling agency directors) or some of their looser (sic) models like Stantanna (sic). B****es, burn in hell, LOL”

In the clarity that often follows such comments getting international media attention, Hamilton has apologized. He explains that he was ‘cranky,’ had ‘had a few beers,’ that he doesn’t condone any sort of cyber-bullying and that he has no defamatory photos of Ms. Gepp in his possession.

Whatever the case may be — and Ms. Gepp confirms that she has never posed full frontal topless for him or any other photographer — many see Mr. Hamilton’s actions as a step-by-step tutorial on how to destroy a career, and we have to agree with them.

A Reddit user familiar with his work and reputation explained that he is the go-to glamour photographer in Darwin, but it’s hard to imagine any models or agencies jumping at the opportunity to work with him until long after this story has blown over… and maybe not even then.

Let us know what you think of the whole fiasco in the comments down below. We have reached out to Mr. Hamilton for comment so that he might have a chance to tell his side and defend himself, and will update this post as soon as we hear back from him.

(via News.com.au via Reddit)


Update: Here is Mr. Hamilton’s response to our request for comment, reprinted in full:

This is the story, that the NT news didn’t listen too at all.

The model, Kahlia is a girl I’ve helped for years totally for free — magazine shoots (for Darwin life as model of the month, and a front cover, monsoon shoots, Bikini Calendar girl — it just go’s on and on…)

There is a makeup artist in town called Angie, who teamed up with Renee Bashford (whom I’ve never met), and former Kiss models. Angie asked me to do photoshoots for her with some of her models. I did two shoots (a couple of years ago) and Angie was such a control freak I hated working with her. From then on I refused to do any more shoots with her.

She has had it in for me ever since, as my photography work continued to garner more attention.

Anyway, Kahlia ‘Liked’ this abusive post from Renee calling me a f***wit and crackhead (see below… also worth noting, I don’t do drugs). And I asked her ‘WTF”?? She (Kahlia) told me to just let it go, she is a good friend of Renee — and okay… I lost it for two minutes!

I have apologized to Kahlia, but I’m still disgusted at the slanderous post by Bashford.

Me ‘going off at the mouth’ was because I’d advised girls ‘generally’ not to sign exclusive model contracts with agencies in Darwin unless they can offer regular paid work — which they usually can’t. We are Darwin, not Milan Italy or LA. Also, these ‘contracts’ give full control to the agency, and the girls who sign them need the agencies’ permission to do any photoshoot — which is a way of controlling my business, as I shoot a lot of model portfolios.

In regards to the ‘racy’ images, Kahlia had asked me if I minded if she removed two images from Facebook (that she loved) because she felt they were a little on the ‘racy’ side now that she had become the Ambassador for the Darwin Turf club, which I did.

When I lost it at her, I said I would repost them, if that’s how little she thought of me, after all I’d done for her… There are NO rude nude or racy shots at all! No topless… nothing! (as the NT News has implied)

Kahlia KNOWS there are no topless photos of her taken by me! Human nature and the NT News made it sound like I had porn shots of her — as if!!

The reporter, Megan Palin, who phoned me — I’d removed Megan ages ago from my Facebook long ago as her reporting always became ‘twisted’ and ‘sensation’ focused — seemed delighted to have a ‘social media’ bulling story. As such, she didn’t listen to any of my side of the story at all.

Attached is the provocative and nasty post from Renee that started all this.

Regards, Mark Hamilton

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Mr. Hamilton also sent us the ‘racy’ photos. Since reposting them here would go counter to his decision to keep them private, we won’t be publishing them, but you can take our word for it when we say they were in no way lewd, just your typical lingerie shots.

Now that you’ve heard both sides of the story, has your opinion changed? Let us know in the comments.


Image credits: THINK before you by Thomas Galvez


 
  • K S B

    Hmm…I didn’t see his sentence in the 2nd row. I was just mad after reading the first sentence. Yeah, the second sentence is a clear indication it was pure sarcasm. My bad.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    Agreed, the context is helpful, but in any “He said – She said” somewhere in the middle lies the real truth.

    Being professional isn’t just about running a shop, its about acting professionally; and answering your detractors with tact and professionalism, not ‘losing it’ very publicly. That only serves to hurt your business and reputation.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    While it was childish of him to respond as he did, I don’t think he deserves to lose his career over something so stupid and short lasting. Perhaps a reprimand is in order, perhaps he’s realized how stupid it was.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    Please, explain how he is “clearly psychotic”? Are there other episodes of such heinous misbehavior outside of this Facebook posting?

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    does there honestly need to be anymore evidence? this outburst is enough for us to know that given any situation where criticism is involved this photographer is likely to become aggressive and is willing to go to ridiculous lengths in an attempt to shame, degrade and/or ruin someone that disagrees with him. He is not someone who is in touch with reality.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    I’m sorry, but one outburst is not entirely damning to one’s overall personality. For instance, the many cases in which people will often over-react to simple things on occasion.

    Regardless, he seems to have been in the field for quite a while with little to no reported problems with his surely dozens of other clients.

    I do not condone his behavior, but I am not willing to throw somebody under the bus for the outburst.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    so with that logic we’re to assume that someone that kills, rapes, hurts and/or steals from someone or commits anything that would be deemed reprehensible by a court they should be allowed to roam free because it was just one isolated incident and all the evidence of their life thus far shows they’re a completely “normal” upstanding citizen. It’s outbursts like this, when someone is not mindfully controlling their emotions that we see someone’s true character, so I stand by my point that no client or model should have to deal with this pot of hot water that could boil over at any time.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    By your logic, somebody who was an asshole for a moment is equal to a rapist. That’s a good and sound way to look at it. I’m thinking you should write a book on psychology as it would seem you’ve got this all figured out. In fact, I bet, if you tried, you could straighten out the problems with the DSM-V.

  • ajfudge

    But… Cate Blanchett! Come on!