Visual fragments of a life on a little island in the South China Sea
Very nice, Mr. B. A question for you: do you ever get people objecting to your taking of them and/or their merchandise? Or is that a non issue because people know you on your little island in the South China Sea? :)
I don't generally take photos of people full on. I usually shoot from the side. The subject is almost always doing something. I find it's usually not a problem. No problem either with merchandise. I don't think it's me. I just try to stay out of people's way. If there is a problem, I stop taking the photo and smile at whoever. I think people who live on this little island in the South China Sea are used to being included in photos, what with so many people with fancy cameras coming over from town, especially at the weekend. Plus, loads of people now take photos with their phones!Click! Click! Click!The photo of the jade merchant was taken at 3:20pm on Friday -- a damp, very overcast Friday afternoon, with a slight drizzle in the air. He is in the first back street and sometimes puts a table outside his shop. He was engrossed in his newspaper. I was on my bike, stopped, figured out what shutter speed and f-stop it needed and then fired off three shots from the side. Then I continued on my way. Easy!
Thanks for the detailed answer to my query, Mr. B. Often find myself feeling more comfortable taking photos that include people in them when they happen to be in the frame -- but in Tanzania, where I lived for a couple of years in the 1990s, people would object (saying things like "this is not a safari" -- in other words, they equated photo taking of them by strangers as akin to being treated like (wild) animals).Re the merchandise bit: in Hong Kong, there are shops with signs saying no photo taking allowed. I can kind of understand this but have been shocked to see no photo taking (period; as opposed to flash photography) signs in many Hong Kong Taoist temples -- something that I have never seen in equivalent temples in Malaysia, Macau and elsewhere.
Re; Tanzania. I've been to a few dirt poor countries where people refused to have their photo taken, or demanded money. Closer to home. . . it's a long while since I've been up there, but there used to be some old ladies who sat just outside one of the 'walled villages' in the NTs who would demand money for having their photos taken. Can't say I blame any of them. I thought they were worth taking a photo of, they thought it was worth paying for.Say. . . cheese!Yeah, the temples on a little island in the South China Seas also have that 'No Photographs' sign too. It could be worse. . . for instance, take the situation in the UK. These past several years, taking photos of other people's you children in a public place can be problematic. (Paedophile!) Likewise, taking photos on the public highway of certain building exteriors, bridges, policemen. (Terrorist!) Three years ago, the 'security' of a UK supermarket dashed out and quizzed me about why I had taken a photo of the entrance (I had taken a photo of a family member pushing a large shopping trolley). Since I am neither Irish (IRA) nor Pakistani (al-Qaeda) but white and middle-class, my explanation was accepted and I was allowed to go on my way, photo intact. So it goes.
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