I like to take photos of strangers.
I rarely ask permission, this is because:
- I am shy
- I don’t like posed photographs
- There will probably be a language barrier as I speak very little Georgian or Russian and I live and work in Tbilisi
I post lots of these photos to Facebook and other social media. Sometimes I have been called up on this practice and asked if I would like strangers photographing me without asking and posting the pictures. Actually, I wouldn’t mind, although I am not a fan of photos of me.
Here are three I took today:
Here a photo of some backgammon players.
Here a jubilant tourist in Rome, posing for another photographer.
I am rarely noticed and there is little verbal interaction. Once I was scolded for taking photos of beggars in front of a church.
Sometimes, I might take a photo to highlight an issue I feel strongly about, I don’t think people should smoke around children, for example.
I am in a Facebook group called “chez pantalon rouge”, where members post photos of the public wearing red trousers.
This is a topic I would like to look at in more detail (the ethics of street photography not red trouser wearers!), I’d be interested to know your views.