On Saturday I took this photo of two fancy vehicles which looked a little out of place beside a vacant lot. I took this from the footpath across the street. Then I decided to get a bit closer and stepped off the footpath onto the road and just as I was lining it up again a head popped up from the back seat of the rear car. I'm pretty sure that people who drive these vehicles in my neighbourhood do not want their photos taken.
This guy on the other hand would be pleased to see me out advertising his business - though I kept a watchful eye for unfriendly photo-shy dogs!
So, when is it okay to take photos of strangers and when is it acceptable to plaster them on the web?
These little girls were so cute that I asked the mother (or guardian) if I could take their photo as I would've felt awkward taking them without permission. But then, what did she think I was going to do with the photos?
This girl was carrying her little dog when I asked her if I could take a photo – she posed it on the wall.
I couldn't resist asking this girl if I could take a photo of her hair – she happily agreed to the photo:
This guy was such a character - his dreads touched his ankles - he did a half turn for a back shot but sadly it did not turn out well. I love the beer in his hand:
This guy was reaching across me to get something - he tolerated me taking his photo:
All these people were very good-natured about a stranger taking their photo and were willing to pose with no idea what I intended to do with the photos. Living in DC I do expect to turn up in people's vacation shots but I'm not sure that I would be so obliging if someone asked me! I would assume they were intending something nefarious.
If you are any of these people and object – please let me know and I will take you down (metaphorically speaking).