All the World’s a Stage: Week 9: “Ethics in Street Photography”
I went out on a very cold and windy Saturday morning in Glasgow. This was the only time that I was going to be able to complete this task and I only had till lunchtime to do it. From the experience gained in previous shoots I decided not to rush it and if the opportunities arose I would take them. After an hour, I had found nobody. The streets were deserted due to the weather and I headed over to the Woodlands Road area. It was there that I passed the Tattoo studio and one of the scariest looking guys I’ve ever seen was glowering at me as I looked in. I walked past but thought…”You know he is a great subject and if you don’t go back you’ll regret it!”. Turns out there was another guy in recently asking the same thing.
The gentleman’s name is Frank and he showed me some of the photos that had been taken of him at tattoo conventions and they were very good. Frank was an experienced subject and acted very naturally. I only had 10 minutes as he had a client arriving shortly but I made the most of it and asked him to adopt several poses. I gave him a card and left with the offer that if I ever wanted to go back again I was more than welcome. As I walked away I was buzzing. Great experience and lovely guy. Appearances can definitely be deceptive.
I learnt another valuable lesson and this is something that I do all the time and will need to come up with a strategy to prevent it. I rushed it! The settings on the camera were on AUTO ISO with a limit of 3200. I had a wireless trigger and speedlight in my bag so could have dropped the ISO to the minimum and used the flash but I panicked a bit due to this completely new situation. The shots were fine but they could have been much better. The positive is that I’ll never forget to check the camera settings thoroughly when I am in that situation again.
Of the 2 other people I asked, one guy obliged and the girl declined but still a positive experience all round.
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