Should You Ask Permission to Photograph People?
I thought I would pose a question this week. Should you ask permission to photograph people in public places? I have posted an image or two after the jump to get the discussion going and I will be interested to hear what you think!
Take the shot above. The man in the picture was unaware that I was taking his picture and if he was aware he was at all he was not concerned at my presence. Although granted I was far enough away that chances are he did not know it was him I was placing in my photograph.
So should I have asked permission? In my view no because that would have taken away from the shot. I like the fact that I am detached from the subject and it allows me to wonder… Where he was going? Who was he on the phone to? What was in the bag?
Chances are he was either about to go for a train or had just got off the train, as we were pretty close to Central Station in Glasgow. But that’s just a guess on my part and thats what makes the image fun!
It keeps you guessing. I also like to think the guy had just collected his lottery winnings and the bag is stuffed full of notes! My over active imagination at work…
If I had interacted with the man and gained his permission, then it would have been a completely different shot and I would have probably of found out all of the answers to the questions above pretty quickly. (I used to be a press-photographer after all)
Take this shot of the Apple store that I
There is not a week goes by that I do not read of a photographer being stopped in the street mainly because the police assume you are up to no good and therefore you must be a terrorist.