I’ve been hoping to explore some more street photography, as the opportunities arise, but there’s been one obstacle to me getting into this art form.
Street photography often uses people as the subject for photos, and I hate feeling as though I’m invading another person’s privacy.
Now, on a public street there is legally no expectation of privacy. So from that angle I’d not be doing anything wrong 1, but I’m a private person and I don’t think I’d want to have people walking up to me and taking photos unannounced. So, when I have done some more “traditional” street photography I’ve asked permission from the person to capture their image.
There are three exceptions to my rule of thumb. First, if the person’s face isn’t shown I have no problem capturing a photo. If feels less invasive, for some reason. Second, if the subjects are in crowd I won’t think twice to capture a photo. Third, if I have a long focal length and won’t disturb someone as I frame them for a photography I have less of a problem triggering the shutter 2.
On Thursday of our vacation, I was able to capture a street photograph which fit into exception three of my rule of thumb. Far ahead of me, sitting on a bench, was a gentlemen enjoying the ambiance of Duke of Gloucester Street before the daily hubbub began. He’s got his phone in hand, and a bottle of water by his side, as he ponders the book in his lap. I wonder if this is a daily ritual, or just something he enjoys doing on vacation.