Re: I'm a Street Photographer, Not a Pervert . . .
People always have to consider the old saying: "If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
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I feel bad about your experience. But you have to understand it is not all together unexpected nor is it something to get really upset over. Next time just ask or make sure they can't see you taking the picture. That's my advice anyway. Lighten up. It's not like you killed someone or someone charged you with a crime. I'm sure you will have many more years of fun street photography.
Here in Australia, we're not allowed to take pictures of our own children at sporting events theat they are in, because someone else's child may be in it. It's a very sick world.
NOW we're presented with a new conundrum. The pigeon in that photo noted by Ming Rider above, happens to be a member of WPPPA. Yep, The World Professional Photographed Pigeons Association. A pigeon's union. If our urban-parked vehicles and black camera bags start looking like someone has been squeezing our fine feathered friends on them, we'll know why.
Frankly, I don't know where this might all stop. Pigeons have rights, next sea gulls, sea otters, the Marine Mammal Protection Act will be amended to include photographic licensing and individual releases for seals, sea lions, whales, otters. DOGS !!! A dog will be required to indicate consent through it's owner/agent before being photographed. I believe this may occur sooner than 20 years.
ASMP may soon be recruiting people who have "Whale-Speak" ability to negotiate with them for an exclusive right to photograph them. This is truly an outrage. And to think I used to be a member of ASMP., NPPA and SPCA. I fear the end is near but I pray I'm wrong. :(
I'm afraid we may be forced back into the dark ages to live again in our darkened studios beneath the focusing cloths, hiding in shame and humiliation with deep regret, never being able to take another photograph in a public place again. <sigh>
What's next? [That's a rhetorical question btw] :D
If a parent yelled at me for taking a picture of their kid jumping over a bench repeatedly, I would say that parent has a distorted view of what is acceptable behavior in adults, hers as much as mine.
And perhaps also what is acceptable behavior in children. More even than children who are unruly, children who are allowed to give others the finger.
What does it mean to "interact"? Is watching a child jumping over a bench considered interacting? Are we to keep our eyes averted now, for fear of causing alarm? If a ball rolls to us, are we not to pick it up and toss it back or hand it to the child? If we are walking along, and children pass by, are we not to say hello or even nod?
Are we to constantly fear the wrath and judgment of others if we so much as glance at kids without their protectors' permission? There must be a limit somewhere. A person following children around with a camera is not comparable to someone sitting on a bench taking pictures of a child romping, as the OP was doing.
... and would a "legitimate photographer" take relatively close up photos of a child without asking the parent?