THOU SHALL NOT TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS

August 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I am fed up with people telling me who, what and when I can photograph people.

I have started a new Facebook page called “Dublin Street Fashion" where I will post images of people on the streets of Dublin. 

All my working life I have photographed people as I see them with or without their permission.

Rain Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

It’s what a camera does. ‘capture the moment’.

Exscape_

if anything interferes..... that moment has past forever.

Old Man New Mexico

When a photographer worries about the rights and wrongs of taking images it can influence their concentration and focus. It feels like someone is breathing down their back.

People seem to have a problem with street photography claiming ‘invasion of privacy’.  

I accept that what I do is rude.

Aren't we rude, to people, on a daily bases for no good reason.

I used to tell my photography students that if you are going to be rude it has to be for the sake of a good photograph.

When I started photography in London in the 45 years ago people were far less uptight about everything including being photographed....but then it was the 60s Square Dancer, Dallas

Let me make it quite clear. There is no law in Ireland that stops me taking photographs in a public place. 

 A man on the Dart told me I had no right taking a photograph of a passenger, not him, until I told him “I’m a photographer it’s my job’

Dart Reader This incident was trivial, however the image in the camera is so fragile it can change from great to boring  in a faction of a second.

Stopping me from taking a photograph is akin to controlling my right to think. If I see something that interests me I’m allowed to tell everyone about it. I can write about it, BLOG or TWITTER about it.

If I have a talent or skill I can even paint it and it may be applauded as art...... Conversation Henry Street

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So why shouldn’t I be able to use a camera to create an image?

 


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