Gent in a suit eating lunch by the river. Nice to get out the office eh?
As always, more images can be found over on my iPernity site.
Young lady on her Mobile.
Getting low for the shot. This lady was trying to take a image on her iPhone, of the Minster in York
I do a lot of street photography. Most of the people I photograph, don’t notice, or plain just don’t care. However, there are some that will look at you when you take the image, with that quizzical look in the eye. There are others who will ask, out of pure curiosity. And then there are others who are just down right hostile, which I hasten to add are in the extreme minority. Like this message I got through my ipernity site last night.
I found a picture of me on this site and demand u remove it.
This is a gross invasion of my privacy and against human rights.
So remove it as quickly as possible. I will look to make sure. I will contact a law professional to sue you if you dont.
Now, this is just rude, and hostile, so it naturally got my back up somewhat. I may have considered removing the image, if it had been phrased with a little more care. But as such, knowing I am in the right I am refusing to remove it.
If your on a public street, in the UK, I have every right to take an image. There are occasions where I wont, such as people leaving hospitals, clinics or such. But generally, it’s all fair game. After all, this breach of their human rights, how do they feel about the amount of CCTV that watches them in a day, let alone the number of stores that you walk in, and get captured on in store CCTV. That argument just does not hold water.
I put my professional head on and crafted this reply.
I’m sorry you feel like your privacy has been invaded, but the fact is you where on a public street, and as such are open to be photographed as there is no expectation of privacy in public. Had you been a little more polite in your approach I may of considered removing it. However, the image will be staying online.
Please feel free to contact a solicitor to clarify this if you wish.
You also didn’t mention which photo it actually is, can you please supply the full URL of the image?
I now await a reply, or a letter from their Legal Advisor 🙂
Its always worse when your legs are half sized.
There is a part of every street photographer that causes the heart to skip when the subject looks right at them.
I really enjoy catching other photographers in the act. The moment the eye is at the view finder, nothing else matters. Hundred things rushing through the mind. Is it in focus? Is it at the right shutter speed, aperture? Then the gentle squeeze on the button, and that glorious clack as the mirror flips. The world could be ending around you, but it does not matter until that mirror slaps up. Looking through that view finder, you are no longer part of it, you are simply a viewer, an onlooker looking at the subject, distant. It’s a strange mindset.
I am very guilty of judging people with their cameras. I see another photographer and I instantly look over their gear. I just can’t help it.
All sorts of people are out there with their cameras. Some big DSLR users, photographing the Minster, with the DSLR, and the in built flash pops up, and they have the same kit lens and uncomfortable next strap on the camera as the day they bought it. I have a want to help these people, show them what they, and their camera is capable of, but that would be so wrong of me.
Dont worry about other people, just enjoy your photography. 🙂
More photographers in the act: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/mikethompson/album/486729
ipernity Gallery for Leeds Pride: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/mikethompson/album/479779