How I ask to take a person’s picture
I am, by nature, a shy person, but I find it easy to talk to people.
As I said previously I like to take covert pictures of people, but now and again I do ask people.
Generally it is where some one is obviously doing something in public, running a stall in a market, at a parade, working in a shop, at a protest march, that sort of thing.
I like to engage them in conversation, often I have no intention to take their picture at the start it just sort of feels right at the end.
No one has ever said no in fact I thing people are quite pleased.
I like to talk to the old soldiers when they are remembering their fallen comrades and the end of the world war.
Dressed up in their uniforms with their medals, they are proud in a quiet way, but ask them about their experiences, who they served with and they just love to tell you, then ask if you can take their photo, their chests swell and they stand to attention, really proud but often sad about their friends that never came back.
I think it is wonderful to keep a record of them.
That is one of the reasons I like to take pictures of people but mainly because people are so varied and interesting in all sorts of ways, the people I take pictures of are not celebrities just ordinary people.
Always respect them, and I do not take pictures of people in distress. If someone chooses to make a fool of themselves in the street then I might take their picture but otherwise I never take a picture that might embarrass someone.
The next article, getting caught.