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24-11-10, 12:36 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Warrington, North West England
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Its really difficult isnt it? I got hounded though town last week by a female big issue seller hurling abuse at me and yet I hadnt even focussed on her or even realised she would be in the shot! The language barrier didn't help and for a few minutes I felt like giving up any form of street photography. Its just confidence and the more you do it the easier it will be. For every confrontation there are many more people who just smile at you and don't mind.
She may not of been complaining just about being in the picture, many homeless people (who normally sell the big issue) are not particularly proud of being in the position they are in, having somebody point a camera at them could be adding to the pain.
Also, if she was foreign, is she here legally? maybe this was a potential threat to her position?
You have the right to take a photograph, people do not have the right to object if you are in a public place - that's why the Papparrazi get away with it all the time.
It's always polite to ask if you know somebody is going to be the subject though - unless your documenting a demonstration or something.
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