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  1. Pauline
    April 13, 2019 @ 10:39 am

    I think one of the hardest things to do when asking if you can take a photo, is that then the person is aware of what is being done. This can lead to not being natural. For some strange reason, I have twice recently the end of last year had a couple of folk (I think one was American or Canadian) take my photo. One was a young female student who asked. While I really appreciated this, I felt very much ‘on command’ if that is the right phrase? She wanted me to ‘look natural’ as I sat at a table having a coffee. I found this so difficult to do, but she must have been happy with it I guess as she thanked me and went on her way. The other person, an older ‘in your face but bubbly’ lady, practically leaped at me shouting she loved my outfit and snapped away. While it was more of a shock, it was probably a lot more natural with myself laughing.

    Here in England, what used to be something we would do without worrying or thinking, such as snapping children enjoying themselves on swings and slides etc; we now have to think twice due to the way the media have portrayed the danger stranger’ issue or worse. Yet statistics have shown attacks of any kind were just the same back in the 60s as now; yet there wasn’t all the fuss about asking before taking a photo back then. The spontaneity of being able to capture mankind seems to be disappearing, especially when it is to do with happiness. I do agree with you though about taking photos of the homeless; it has indeed been done to death.

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