Invisible in a restaurant

It seems that even in public places like restaurants, people remain concentrated on what they are doing, saying, thinking. The big DSRL with a 50mm went invisible or they just ignored me. I was just one or two tables away… What do you think?

A fresh thought for your mind

These photos can also be found in the Streets of Downtown Beirut, Lebanon album on Flickr.

6 thoughts on “Invisible in a restaurant

  1. These are pretty good pix Rita!
    But I wanna ask: Did these people not know you were taking pix of them? And that now they are posted online?
    I wouldn’t be too happy if that was the case.

    • Thanks Christine!

      Obviously, they did not know or they ignored me, I do not know. If I asked first, their expressions would not be as candid. It’s a public place and legally, I have the right to make photos and put them without asking anyone as long as it’s not a military facility, embassy, highly secured area etc..

      Personally, I’m OK with it as long as I am not selling the prints. That would feel awkward, at least for me. I mean, there is no law prohibiting that either but still. 🙂

      This is Street Photography!

  2. I saw this post off of Twitter, from @krikOrianM.
    Street photography isn’t about denying one person of their privacy just because they’re out on the streets. There are people who dislike being photographed, street photographers aren’t paparazzi. I think you should have gone up to the people after you took the photos and told them about it, and if they have some issues with it, then respect their decision and not post their photos online.
    I mean, just go walk through the old streets of Tripoli and try to take some photos of people there, some of them wont like it and tell you. What are you going to say? “You’re out on the street, it’s okay?”

  3. I totally agree with Patrick. The best thing to do would be to let them know that you photographed them, and that you will post the pix online.
    I know it is not illegal to post the pix… but this is more about politeness, and respecting people’s (public) privacy.

    (Again, I repeat, I think these are some really good pix)

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