Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by leopardforest, Sep 28, 2007.
Are there somethings that we as photographers just should not take pictures of?
Nope. I don't think so. There are times when moral opinion is going to come in to play but if it weren't for photography there would be a lot of terrible things in this world that would seem less real to the masses. Obviously the word "taboo" conjurs up different images in everyone's minds though. What type of things were you considering?
ok maybe taboo is the wrong word. I mean like places and people, maybe out of respect? I wasn't thinking in a moral since.
So many different scenarios come to mind. I'm trying to think of things I wouldn't take a photo of out of respect. For instance I obviously wouldn't take a photo of a set of parents at their child's funeral or something like that but again I think you would get more feedback asking about more specific situations. Please do. I would like to hear what is on your mind.
I think what started this for me was some post the other day that was talking taking photos of children at sport games and how that is not really accepted anymore.
I was also thinking along the lines of talking pictures of some structures because they are now considered terrorist targets. What I am getting at is, I was in Seattle this summer and I was taking photos of the city and one of the buildings (Columbus tower I think) I was asked to leave and not take photos of it. Later to find out that it was on some kind terrorist list. Maybe this isn't really taboo but I was just wondering if people ever get the feeling that they shouldn't be in a certain area taking pictures?
I was on a plane recently and there was a lovely sunset out my window. I was nearvous about taking pics on a plain cuz I didn't know if it had been banned or something for security reasons. I asked a flight attendant and she said it was fine.
So I know what you mean.
I don't take pictures of other people's children without permission out of respect. I wouldn't want a stranger taking pictures of mine to be honest.
yes that exactly what I am talking about! As I am new to photography, what other event, places, or people do you get this feeling?
Children are the big thing right now (and probably for as long as our society stands) that you have to be careful about. You will hear plenty of stories of parents who have taken pictures of their kids in their birthday suits cause they were being cute and jumping on the bed, and how when they got the film developed they were reported. Go to pick up your pictures and you are arrested and spend thousands defending yourself legally. Plenty of lives have been ruined by this.
I think as long as you use good judgement, nothing is off limits. I'd ask before taking any pictures that could be crossing the line - as mentioned pictures at a funeral. I would definitely ask before taking any pictures there simply out of respect to the family. As for childrens sports, I'd probably go to the bleachers and ask if anyone had a problem with me doing it. Anyone who has a problem, ask what number their kid is so you can be sure to avoid him/her. It's just one of those things, you dont want to end up with pictures of someones kid and angry parents thinking you are a pervert. Sad that our world has come to this.
Your own moral compass, and an understanding of what is publicly acceptable, should be all you need.
I would definitely avoid taking pictures of women and mosques in Saudi Arabia, but that's mainly because I have no desire to be incarcerated at His Majesty's pleasure. I wouldn't have any moral objection though.
I agree with several of the former statements. If you want to shoot a socker game. (Football to all you europeans..) It would be a good idea to talk to the parents, and the coach.
My parents traveled to some "Socialist" country a few years back, and where warned of photographing the parlament buildings in the capitol. A tourist had been warned about the same some time before, but didn't listen... I believe he never returned.
So if you are on vacation, make sure that it's safe for you to shoot the photos you do. Some places in this world people get arrested for far less...
(This is to me the worst case scenario..)
I've never come acrost any such problems, but you never know when visiting a different country and culture.
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