Discussion in 'Photography and Photos' started by Helveticum, Tuesday October 20, 2015.
@Blademonkey - thank you. I
Mevagissey Cornwall, my S11A Landrover by the breakwater, on rough days the sea would come over the wall.
Again no idea what camera I was using but never any PP.
@Helveticum - Some thoughts in response to your questions. It's probably worth bearing in mind that in my day job I specialise in photographing people that absolutely do not want their picture taken - generally speaking. Typically they might have been caught doing unspeakable things to kittens or selling drugs to kids - I have no ethical issues doing this sort of work but it does colour the way I conduct myself when doing personal stuff.
I would hate in any way shape or form to upset anyone or even make them feel uncomfortable. I do a lot of what might be considered fairly as street photography but generally there aren't many people in my pictures. If they turn up they are mostly just there to stand up a composition or are incidental in a wider shot. So for me there is limited scope for friction. If I wanted to do a tighter picture I would establish that the subject was happy but it's not normally my sort of thing. People change when they know they are being photographed and normally not in a helpful way. So - 'Are you willing to "lose" a great shot if you feel like someone might get agitated? - yes absolutely. I would argue that you haven't lost anything - the picture was never taken. You won't remember in a week. The best and the worst -
Spain - I have spent countless hours wandering around Spanish cities over the years and it's probably my favourite country for street work. The Spanish just don't seem to care if you are taking pictures - unlike Britain there is no hint of an automatic mistrust of photographers. I have never encountered any suspicion or hostility. It's a visually interesting environment - there is a vein of surrealism not far below the surface in Spanish culture and I enjoy finding and recording it. Oh - and there's generally a bar every fifty feet if you get thirsty in the heat.
Morocco - the most hostile environment I've ever encountered as a photographer - and that includes Afghanistan. Which is a shame because it's a stunning place. Marrakesh is staggeringly visually interesting but the locals are not happy with being photographed. Or they wanted paid - I got sick of it and put the camera away. It's worth remembering that it is sometimes more important to enjoy seeing and not feel you have to compulsively photograph everything around you. This is one of the most important lessons I have learned over the years.
Finally - In thinking about ideas of etiquette in street photography - it's vitally important to consider how you present as a photographer. This runs from dress to the gear you use. Don't wear board shorts and a Grateful Dead t-shirt and expect to blend in in Karachi. Equally you will get very different responses if you turn up with a Nikon D4 over each shoulder rather than a Leica with a single lens. Take time when working - watch what's going on around you carefully. Stand still - human visual acuity is based on movement. Learn to blend in or be visually as low impact as possible.
The most important thing is to be out there. Cheers - I
Isn't there a pub in Mevagissey called 'The Fire Engine'? Or is my memory failing me...
No, there are three pubs but not one called the fire engine.....there is one called the fountain....
Barrio - Tirso de Molina - Madrid. Usual film gear - 40mm 1.4 lens - Fuji Neopan. Cheers - I
Ah! I must be thinking of Marazion. The story behind this is that I once took part in a thing where the St Austell brewery gave prizes for visiting all their pubs. You got your card stamped at each pub. There was a t-shirt, then a sweatshirt, then a tankard for visiting the lot. I achieved the sweatshirt! Hurrah!
I believe one of the pubs was on the Scilly Isles.
Sounds like great fun,...... if you are ever in Helston you must visit the Blue Anchor, it brews it's own beer on site and it's the smallest of pubs, it is a really old building and was once a tin miners pay office, well done on winning the sweatshirt
canon 7d; mpe65 lens; home made flash diffuser
@finnegan - that's a fascinating and arresting image. Cheers - I
Women in transit - The Nubra Valley - Indian-controlled Kashmir. So - you are in the middle of nowhere - really, it's the dot above the letter 'I' in the word shit - and you set off from the hamlet you spent the previous night in - village would be too big a word - to get to the next place. You come across figures in the landscape - where have they come from and where are they going? There had been no easily identifiable signs of human settlement for hours. We offered them a lift which they gracefully declined.I'm not prone to such thoughts ordinarily but the Nubra Valley is - according to the locals - a haunted place - it put the shits up me, I'm not easily scared. It's also the world's highest - altitude-wise - and probably the most pointless battlefield currently on the go.
Gear - this I can remember - Nikon F2 AS high-eyepoint , 200, Tri-X. Yellow filter. This is one of my favourite ever cameras. Ideal for a bar room brawl as a self-defense buddy or you could hammer nails into a wall with it. In my experience indestructible.
Cheers - I
Two details of the Atocha station bombing memorial. The words, messages in the first one are entirely composed of texts sent in condolence from around the world after the 2004 attack. Enough said. I
All on the Lumix no post processing. The Pixie tea party took 5 candid shots before I got the ears to show properly, they spotted me just after I took it.
It was a couple of years ago in the Dales up near Kirkby Stephen. We were on a holiday with the NCT group we joined before my eldest was born. All the oldest kids were born within months of each other. We meet up once a year and rent a house/barn/yurts for a weekend five families all with at least two kids. They all remember each other and get on fine, the new kids get absorbed along the way. The ears were from being a Christmas Pixie I think and Anwen loved wearing them for a while.