Discussion in 'People & Portraits' started by Chris Bennett, Feb 21, 2022.

  1. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

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  2. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    I took this at the Chinese new year celebrations in town the other week. This little girl was hiding inside a cloak that was hanging up. Who could walk past a scene like that without wanting to capture it?

    It has made me think how sad it is that our society thinks people who acted as I did that day are practicing some sort of deviant behaviour. I also wonder how future civilisations will think of us, because we are a society that photographs absolutely everything except children. "Was this the beginning of the decline of the human race? The birth rate must have been so low!"
  3. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    She does have an impish look in her eyes. Nicely caught.
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  4. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Thank you Brian.
    I would really like to hear the thoughts of others on what I said in the final paragraph of my last post.
  5. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    You make a very good point. Photographers must feel the same pressures expressed by a number of comedians, there are some subjects that just cannot be touched.

    On the other end of the scale, I read a piece by a war photographer, (his name escapes me), who was in Syria. There were so many war photographers there that as a side project he started photographing them and is planning a book on the subject.

    What a strange world we live in.
  6. Wes Hall

    Wes Hall Active Member

    You have to wonder how much of those reactions are led by association. Photography is sadly deeply entwined with the reasons so many have outrage at a stranger photographing a child, and likely the media message of the last few decades has only galvanised peoples views- hard to shake a strongly emotive message. I don't think this is something developing anew Chris, more a return to a sense of moralistic place when people do take photographs of children- and this doesn't align with street photography.

    Dave has a good analogy with comedians; there really are subjects that fail to be socially acceptable.

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