Do you feel what other people thinking about us photographer when we are out shooting? I don’t, I mostly don’t give a damn. But it just occurred to me that if someone can misunderstood me. Instead of being your typical photographer, they can think that I’m some creep, or worse. And that’s what I want to talk to you today of being a “friendly neighbourhood” and don’t be a creepy photographer.
The idea just came to me a few days ago, when read an article about how to not being considered as a creepy model photographer. Then I just thinking that it can happen to anyone. Not just a model photographer, but also street photographer. Shooting stranger, who knows what people think about us. It can happen…it did happen. It did happen to me actually and it’s pretty funny story.
So it happen few years ago, I just bought Sony A58 with kit lens. So of course the first thing I want to do is to test it out. Back then what I mostly did was street photography. So I rode my bicycle to the nearest park near the riverbank. It was in evening near sunset, so the color pretty good. There’s a lot of people street vendor, joggers, family, and couple, and more interesting object to shot at. So there I was, still on my bicycle, began shooting. Just shot a lot of everything. Until a mom called me out and asked, what I was doing. So I told her the truth, I was hunting street photography.
The good thing is, back then, I look like a high school kid (face clean). So they believe me. If I happen to have mustache, it probably another story. She probably think that I want to kidnap her child.
But I pretty understand that way of thinking. If I’m a parent and someone pointing a camera to my child, I probably begin to suspicious and confronted that person. I probably thinking that it could be a murderer, kidnapper, or sexual predator. Who knows? That way of paranoid thinking is what probably happen to that women and it is normal for any good parent.
So there you have it. My experience is one of many thing that happen in my photography life. It’s weird, but it did happen. I’m hoping for you who read this can at least understand that this kind of situation do happen and it best to avoid if you could. Or not if you want the risk.