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Sun Sep 29, 2013, 2:30 AM
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BUSTED! 

Street Photographers Caught in the Act


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get the fuck out by fuxs

you and me by Batsceba

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curiosity? by raquelvonkaminaru

Shoe shopping by daliscar

An apple a day by daliscar


** by stringoiu


No success by PatrickMonnier


Make up an excuse for getting caught


Inspired by Thomas Leuthard 'The best excuses on the street' (floost.com/petapixel-post-humo…
500px.com/ThomasLeuthard/stori…) here is my own contribution to the cause:

Sarcasm by myraincheck    
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Sometimes people ask you what you are doing and then you need a good answer. Here are some to choose from:

'Scuzzi, scuzzi, no speak english so well. Italliano. Bellisimo (insert place and smile)'

'I could tell you what I am doing, but then I'd have to kill you'

'You see, I am on a mission from God'

42! (Douglas Adams' "answer to life, the universe, and everything" in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

'My name is Bond...James Bond. I've got a license for this'

'It is not what it seems!'

'My shrink told me to do this...you, know, to heal from my Anthropophobia'

'I have obsessive-compulsive disorder. I can't help it'

'oh, that was the shutter button? I thought it was to switch off the camera!'

'I take the 5th'

'I'll talk only in the presence of my Lawyer'

'I though you were Paris Hilton! You are so sexy!'

'All right, FBI!'

'I'm an FBI agent. Authorization? How about the United States FUCKING government?'

'Your wife paid me to shadow you'

'Ssst I am in undercover mission'



Feel free to use them or to add your own :D
Have a good weekend!



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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
But I forgot that those are so good:love:
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Hahahaha
Mostly I m scaring and deleting their photos from my camera. Cos they are talking very bad. So, why I must share ugly people photos? Ugly mean inside ugliness, not about their body beauty=D
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:iconfuxs:
fuxs Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It was awesome. :D
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
g r e a t . c h o i c e . =)
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:iconstringoiu:
stringoiu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Mary! :) Great selection! ;)
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:iconjuandfr:
Juandfr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it illegal to post pictures of people without their permission, though?
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
it is not, if they were taken in public places and they are not offensive for the subjects. This in western democracies, at least. Certainly it does not apply universally.  
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Petalierre Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a good thing i never became a street-photographer, must've been very awkward. I thought people would just carry on with their life and just mind their own business because they now what the photographer is doing. But i never knew there was a dark side of being one... Who knows what might happen, you take a picture of an innocent little girl and in the background are a bunch of gangsters selling drugs, from their point of view they think you're a spy working for the FBI. The next morning they come up at your doorway and beat the living life out of you. Sounds kinda dangerous just by thinking about it.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
it is very rare receiving hostile reactions from people. Actually most of the time there is no reaction at all :D 
It happens though to be questioned by security guards or police and there are cases of street photographers who got arrested or beaten. one on dA was :icony-kafkas: stamatisgr.deviantart.com/jour…

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:iconpetalierre:
Petalierre Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eesh! That sounds terrible. It's so sad to hear that that guy gotten beaten up mistooken to be a rioter when he's just an average street photographer. And that journal is like 2 years old. Did that guy recover well?
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
yes but...9 months later
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
My favorite is the peace-sign sandwich guy.... and the vague but definite reflection of the thumbs-up coming from the photographer!  :laughing:
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
:nod:
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:iconstickfigureparadise:
stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Oh, don't mind me! Just collecting souls!"
I've done this where I've announced to my sisters/friends, "Here, left me get a picture of you! *wink wink*" and have them stand in front of the target person/people, only I take the picture slightly over my sisters'/friends' heads or shoulders. If I'm using a cellphone, I pretend to be texting.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
:D
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:iconjathis:
Jathis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Writer
Or you know you could do the ethical thing and get permission from the people you're taking pictures of.

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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
An article starting with 'Don’t talk about your legal rights, they’re irrelevant' said pretty much it all about its credibility :lol:
No kidding, it condemns something without even knowing it. Street photography is photography of people in CANDID (unposed, unstaged) situations in public places. If it is not candid, it is not street photography. Asking the permission means that the subjects are aware of the photographer. So, according to the author of the article street photography shouldn't exist at all. 
Not only, but the right of the street photographer to self expression and artistic expression shouldn't exist at all.
The absence of consent doesn't mean unethical behavior, by any means.
And what about documentary photography? There should be none? That's called censorship. 
No doubt that you can dislike this genre of photography. Nevertheless it is not illegal and it is a genre of photography with an history, a culture, a value. 

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Jathis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Writer
You can keep thinking that and you can keep taking people's pictures without permission but honestly going out of your way to make up "excuses" that just make you look like either a creeper or a snarky asshole is just going to cause problems for a lot of people.
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
hey these 'excuses' are clearly ironic and absurd :D Or not? :wow:
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:iconjathis:
Jathis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Writer
You've got people literally saying how they've lied to people who have caught them taking their pictures. People talking about accusing the person of being arrogant. People talking about how they make it look like they're taking a picture of a friend and then taking a picture over their head to take it of a stranger.

That's creepy as fuck dude and the fact that people are taking your list seriously is creepier still.
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
my point exactly. the people in this photo aren't obscure or the backs of heads, some of them look pissed off, and they're clearly in a building being shot through the glass. If someone wanted to take my photo, I'd likely let them if they asked me. But a random creeper taking my photo? I've had stalkers... actual ones. So I'd be calling the police.
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Jathis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Writer
Art shouldn't hurt people. It shouldn't make people fear for their lives because they think someone has ill intentions by taking their pictures and then when confronted act like an idiot.

It's sad that people don't understand that.
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:iconxenaris:
Xenaris Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I agree. Fully. Should I catch someone photographing me without my consent, I would feel very violated. And ask him to delete it. Unless he could give me a good reason and explain it, what he wants to do with it and not some bullshit excuses. I find this completely respectless towards the people in the pictures.
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Jathis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Writer
Hurr durr but... "If I told you I'd have to kill you" "42 heehee" "Taking pictures of people and posting their faces everywhere is fun!"

Like that's not going to make someone call the police on your ass.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I wonder if you would feel violated if you appeared in one of the photos I featured as DDs (for example myraincheck.deviantart.com/jou… )
Most of the time street photos are not 'about' a person, but mostly about connections between people, or between people and surroundings. Many times people are not recognizable, they are photographed from the back or profile or without the heads in the photo. Don't think that street photography is a sticker album of strangers' faces. Even wanting to do it, for most of the street photos it is simply impossible to ask the consent of the subjects. And taking photos is self expression. There is a right to it as well!
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Xenaris Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Yes, I would. Simply because I wasn't asked. It is another thing if people aren't recognizable. If they are, however I think they should be asked. To come up with excuses and straight out LIE to them, as you suggest, is the wrongest approach there is. Because it makes people only more suspicious about strangers taking pictures of them. I know that making yourself known as a photographer will change a picture. But you should have the respect for the people whose photo you take to ask them afterwards, if they are okay with it.
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
the pissed off people in these photos are totally recognizable :p
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:iconxenaris:
Xenaris Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Didn't stop the photographers from posting their pictures online.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
maybe it escaped your attention that this article was ironic and for fun. I would never recommend SERIOUSLY to make up these excuses :lol: 
and asking consent - even after the photo - to all the people present in a frame most of the time is physically impossible. Photographers should beat the space-time laws.
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:iconxenaris:
Xenaris Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Sadly I experienced first hand that a photographer took a picture of me, made up excuses and later published the picture even though I told him I didn't want it. So what you discribed in an ironic way is what some people actually do. Of course it is not possible to ask every bystander, but people who are the center of the picture CAN be asked. You are somewhat breaching into people's private moments, and sadly, there are enough photographers who never think twice about people maybe not wanting to be photographed.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
if the photo was only about you (for example there were only you in the image, you are the only subject, or it is a photo of your face) you have the right to get it removed. In many countries you need the consent of the subject for it. But it has to be a portrait. 
Nevertheless you were treated unfairly, I agree :nod:
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:iconxenaris:
Xenaris Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I live in Germany, so I grew up with the "right of the own picture". However, this person only sees this right as an annoyance because people could ask him to delete their pictures. Which is why these days he mainly takes pictures from people's backs. And I just had this discussion again with him a few days back which is why I got very pissed when seeing your journal. Because even if it was ironic, this exact mentality exists with street-photographers.

 It does not necessarely be a portrait but the person has to be the main-focus of the picture, so others could be in it, too. Many judges have had a lot of work because of people who think they don't need to ask, and it is sometimes really hard to decide if the right was broken or not. 
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Ginryuzaki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
OMG That's awesome and those excuses are hilarious! Love this article! :la:
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
thanks a bunch :D
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:iconrainiila:
Rainiila Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's hilarious!

But could someon excplain. Is street photography taking pictures of people or buildings or what? *is confused
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
street photography is photography of people in candid situations in public places. 
Photos of buildings might be urban photography, photos of graffiti are street art.
thank you for reading!

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:iconrainiila:
Rainiila Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay. Cool. I get it now :3

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Xinxian2000 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
okay so if we caught, im deaf, and you don't speak english
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
:lmao:
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:iconoceanatendofthelane:
OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
sure, let's encourage people to be paparazzi.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
paparazzi get paid, they stalk their subjects, or they use extreme telephoto lenses to spy them in private spaces. None of these things has to do with street photography. 
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The one about being paid by a spouse to shadow someone seems like it could potentially be dangerous if you try to play it seriously, for the couple if not necessarily for the artist. The rest are obviously humorous, but I wouldn't try to pull that one at all if I were a street photographer.
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I wouldn't try o pull any of them :lmao:
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:iconxxxxzz:
XxXXzZ Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I'm too nervous to try street photography. I couldn't handle the confrontation if someone noticed!
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
:D confrontation is very rare, it never happened to me, actually! In these images photographers got really up close and personal with their subjects :lol:
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems that street photography can be a dangerous hobby at times !! :D

LOL .I like those excuses :giggle:
This is my favorite 'oh, that was the shutter button? I thought it was to switch off the camera!' 

I wonder if they'll work here in Iraq .

People are so paranoid and if they see me taking photos they might think that I'm a terrorist planning for a bombing or something . :P
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Suspicion and paranoia spread a bit everywhere but certainly there are countries where taking street photos can be much more dangerous than in others :nod:
thank you for reading!

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spring-sky Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem .

Good luck with your art . :aww:

P.S. : I adore your icon .
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hahaha... Hilarious! You made my day! :lol:
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
thank you :aww:
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