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    How can I violate the personal space and privacy of street photographers without being noticed?

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    First off, don't ask -- either silently or out loud -- that is not street photography, as you lost the moment of spontinaity that Street photography is supposed to have. Use a smallish camera if possible and either a 35 or 50 mm prime lens. I use either a Contax slr with a fast Zeiss 50 prime or the Konica Hexar AF with its 35mm f2 lens. The hexar is etremely fast and quiet. I've been shooting street for years and still get the "looks" from time to time and on occasion I get confronted. But for the most part people are cool and they normaly don't notice me. If they do notice me I look past them, shoot and keep going. You have to think that you as a photographer have the right to create art and no one has the right to prevent you from doing so. And by the way, you will piss some people off just by walking down the street even if you don't have a camera.

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    My thoughts:
    1. Doing secret snap shots of people makes me feel like a dirty little sneak.
    2. I don't believe any single frozen image of a person tells the truth so in affect it is always telling a lie.
    3. I personally am very tired of people being obsessed with photographing other people. People are not the most interesting thing in life.
    4. It seems like every street photographer out there is trying to show the world is a surreal place. The world isn't surreal to me.
    5. There are too many street photographers. Adding to that pile of work is like peeing in the ocean.

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    I go places with my friends and loved ones. Then I take their pictures. Voila! Street photography that is candid. My friends are very comfortable with me taking pictures and hardly ever pose anymore. They ignore my camera since I have it with me all the time. I'd rather have their picture than that of a stranger anyway.

    Make some friends and go places with them. Live a full life and record it.
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    my blog: http://wayofuncertainty.com/

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    Don't know if this was referenced here but this youtube video from Bruce Gilden is very related with this subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRBARi09je8[]'s

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    With the current paranoid atmosphere in the world, I would not dream of doing any street photography. An article on the local news had a photographer being stopped by the police for having a camera and being close to a school. He spent a couple of hours with them in order to prove that he was not a child pornographer. Sadly street photography belongs to a past and more innocent era. I believe that in some parts of Europe you can be sued for taking someone's picture without their permission. This also applies to their house, their dog and their livestock.

    And don't even think of taking a photo if part of a government building would be in the frame!
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

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    Do what Atget did and photograph the street without the people. I love his photographs, they have a certain surreal quality.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    i agree w. jesper... wlf just not as threatening, in fact people see it as a novelty.

    the best photo tools are eye contact and a smile - before, or after.

    keep shooting

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    it is ben... the challenge is all about relating to people...

    sometimes you relate before you make the picture, sometimes it has to happen afterwards to maintain the spontaneity/creativity... you have to relate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpurdy View Post
    5. There are too many street photographers. Adding to that pile of work is like peeing in the ocean.
    Absolutely. Shoot flowers or buildings instead. No one does that.

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