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People taking pictures of strangers

SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
I have a Facebook friend who is a photographer. However, she also takes pictures of EVERYONE-- people on the subway, people in her gym. Today she's got a picture of someone on the train with very greasy hair and a comment about how greasy her hair is.

I have another Facebook friend who takes pictures of people on the train also, but hers are more artistic and are usually related to something interesting they're wearing or what they're reading, etc.

I have taken two pictures of people that I saw on trains, but both times it was only of their feet or legs and then I realized that I didn't want to do that anymore.

How do you feel about this?

ETA: This is apparently totally legal. I still find it an invasion.
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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    My husband goes to my running races and takes pictures, photography is totally his hobby.

    He takes random pictures of strangers, the first place finishers (male and female), and people getting ready to race, running, etc.

    He puts them on FB, tags our friends that might have raced, etc.

    I don't see a problem with it, honestly. He's never asked to take someone's picture, there are photographers all over at those races. And honestly, iwth his big ol' camera, he looks like a professional.

    He NEVER takes pics of people to make fun of them. "Oh, look at THAT runner! EW!" or whatever. His are more, "Here is the first female finisher, took her 20 minute to do 5k! Wow!" and stuff like that. He doesn't even use his iPhone to take pics (like People of Wal-Mart) to make fun of people, either.
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    It's hard to claim "invasion of privacy" when the person is in a public place. I do find it mean, especially when someone is posting it to make fun of the person's hair, clothing, body, etc.

    Yet I still laugh at sites like People of Walmart, so I'm conflicted.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    This is why it's legal, I'm sure. And I definitely can understand taking pictures of people at events like races, dog meetups, rallies, etc.

    Something about taking a picture of a stranger just in their daily commute or exercising while at the gym feels not-right.
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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Springcurl wrote: »
    This is why it's legal, I'm sure. And I definitely can understand taking pictures of people at events like races, dog meetups, rallies, etc.

    Something about taking a picture of a stranger just in their daily commute or exercising while at the gym feels not-right.


    Perhaps because 90% of the time when you're taking pictures like that its to make deroggatory comments about them? I dunno.

    Greasy hair, bad skin, dirty clothes, sweaty while working out, picking their nose in the car...

    I can't say that I see a lot of, OMG, look at her great outfit! It's more like, OMG, her outfit is terrible.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    M2LR wrote: »
    Springcurl wrote: »
    This is why it's legal, I'm sure. And I definitely can understand taking pictures of people at events like races, dog meetups, rallies, etc.

    Something about taking a picture of a stranger just in their daily commute or exercising while at the gym feels not-right.


    Perhaps because 90% of the time when you're taking pictures like that its to make deroggatory comments about them? I dunno.

    Greasy hair, bad skin, dirty clothes, sweaty while working out, picking their nose in the car...

    I can't say that I see a lot of, OMG, look at her great outfit! It's more like, OMG, her outfit is terrible.

    I'm sure that's it. Because my second friend is always taking Instagram photos of people on the T and they're just pictures of, like, an old guy with a hat that says "here comes trouble" or a young guy reading Kafka or something like that.

    The first woman in NYC, I've just never seen her say a single nice thing about anyone. She just put up another picture right now of a woman who has her pants tucked into her boots and saying how it's wrong on so many levels. I don't know if it's because she's wearing pink pants and has brown boots, or if it's because they're tucked in, or if it's because her boots are high-heels. I'm no fashion plate so it goes over my head. I only know it's mean-spirited.
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  • B-wavyB-wavy Posts: 1,733Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The mean-spirited, making-fun type of posts rub me the wrong way. There's enough negativity in the world, why add to it?
  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    It's the negativity that bothers me.

    If someone is taking pictures for art, or even at an event like a race, I am fine with it. In that case it serves a purpose other than simply mocking someone.

    Posting pictures on Facebook just to demean other people seems petty to me.

    Particularly when the person's face is in the picture - it bothers me less when someone just posts a picture of some crazy shoes or something.

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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Just for the heck of it I told her I didn't know from fashion and asked what I was supposed to hate. Now I know:
    its like...sweatpants (or velour pants..circa JLO 2002) with "dressy" boots. You dont tuck anything but fitted pants, jeans or leggings into boots. A. it looks horrible, B. you are mixing looks! Are you dressed up or are u casual? Its like when people wear wool sweaters with summer dresses and flip flops.
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  • MojoDojoMojoDojo Posts: 702Registered Users
    I don't like negativity, but I do take photos of people doing their routines sometimes.

    Usually just artistically. Or because said random person took a pic of me and I'm getting my revenge.

    Just last week I was taking a picture of a man and his two kids playing in the shallow waters at Elbow falls. The kids were just so cute and it was natural and not posed. The smiles were real as the girl pointed out something cool in the pool. I deleted them afterwards because they were awful shots (my fault not theirs), but I did take them.

    I got that from my mum too. We do it to get natural poses at different angles, for showing us foreshadowing, etc. But we also don't sell our photography, so I think that makes a difference.
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  • B-wavyB-wavy Posts: 1,733Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Ack! The horror! The horror!!!!! :rolleyes:

    eta: that was in reference to what springcurl's friend said
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    B-wavy wrote: »
    Ack! The horror! The horror!!!!! :rolleyes:

    Indeed! I wear flats with boot-cut jeans, too. I recently found out this was a major no-no. I also wear high waisted jeans. I found out this makes me a hipster.

    Go figure.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Oh, also, my lorgnette arrived a couple weeks ago. I wonder how many people have been taking pictures of ME all these years.

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  • B-wavyB-wavy Posts: 1,733Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    You look awesome with your lorgnette!!!! (new avvie pic? hmm?)

    High-waisted jeans make you a hipster? Argh. There is no hope for me....not that there ever was. I don't follow current fashions, never have. I wear what I like. Sue me. :tongue6:
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    I thought high waisted jeans were mom jeans? :lol: Mine are high waist (Not Your Daughters Jeans) and I am only mom to my dog. They're slightly bootcut and I wear flats with them. Someone shoot me now!

    On a slightly related note I don't like people recording me. We went on a brewery tour yesterday and this guy had his camcorder out the whole time and it made me really uncomfortable that he was taping all of us on the tour. If he had done a few recordings during the tour that might have been less creepy, but he recorded the whole darn thing and kept sweeping across the whole group on tour. Can I say the word tour one more time? Yes, yes I can.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I would never think to take pics of strangers and post them to FB w/ derrogatory remarks. Get a life, people!

  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I wouldn't take anyone's picture without asking for their permission. I'm very clear with my boundaries.

    I think there used to be a time when it wasn't acceptable to publish someone's picture without their consent. Remember Glamour magazine's Do and Don't fashion column? All if the faces were edited out.
  • fefe912fefe912 Posts: 570Registered Users
    It just depends on what they're using it for, but at the same time they have to be careful of places they're taking pics in because if certain things are caught on camera the photographer can be sued for it. Like if someone was taking a pic in our store, none of the pics can had any of our posters of the models that model for our company or they can legally sue. I think it's stupid, but ya know peeps can sue for anything these days.
  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote: »
    I have a Facebook friend who is a photographer. However, she also takes pictures of EVERYONE-- people on the subway, people in her gym. Today she's got a picture of someone on the train with very greasy hair and a comment about how greasy her hair is.

    I have another Facebook friend who takes pictures of people on the train also, but hers are more artistic and are usually related to something interesting they're wearing or what they're reading, etc.

    I have taken two pictures of people that I saw on trains, but both times it was only of their feet or legs and then I realized that I didn't want to do that anymore.

    How do you feel about this?

    ETA: This is apparently totally legal. I still find it an invasion.

    We have an acquaintance who "Facebooks" strangers--which is code for "takes sneaky cell phone pictures for the sole purpose of posting them and ridiculing the subjects." I have lost all respect for him. I think it's cowardly, pathetic, juvenile, passive-aggressive, and highlights his own low self-esteem, though, to the untrained eye, it masquerades as superiority. And many of his "followers" appear to have untrained eyes--they love it.

    It will come as no surprise that I, too, consider it highly invasive to photograph people, for whatever reason, without their permission because the pictures can then be potentially put to a variety of unsavory uses.
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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    I take random shots and post em on FB all the time, Generally it's to share the awesomeness around me. This may include shots of people on the street. Like when I went to Pat Benatar just a few months ago and there were these ladies my mom's age dressed like they were going to a Debbie Gibson concert circa 1988. They rocked.

    Or the dudes I saw in Boston dressed up as the SNL skit D*** in a Box for no apparent reason in April. Or these amazing plaid pants some dude was wearing outside a show once.

    I do not however post them and make snarky comments about them. I like to celebrate the odd and amazing things I see daily. Usually if they are of people though they get blurry cuz I hate to be obvious about it or my phone wasn't opening the camera quick enough.

    I also willingly post pictures of me looking completely ridiculous. The other day was Fashion Disaster day at school. I rocked it and posted online for the world to see!
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I have a friend who dislikes Facebook (I am not sure if it is just because or what) but she gets really annoyed when friends post pics that she is in on Facebook. I guess I can see that. It's not like when you had photos and there was limited sharing. Now so many more people will see them.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have a huge problem with it. I would be extremely angry if I saw pictures of me somewhere. Imagine if someone took pictures of your kids and put them up somewhere.

    No.


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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote: »
    Oh, also, my lorgnette arrived a couple weeks ago. I wonder how many people have been taking pictures of ME all these years.

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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,792Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I really don't like it. Yes I look at the odd folks on People of Walmart so I guess I'm a hypocrite. But I just don't like the idea of taking pics of strangers just for fun. I rarely ever take pics of people unless they are family, friends, or at least people I'm hanging out with (like at a Harley or Jeep event). I will take a pic of someone's awesome shoes or hair or purse. But that's about it.
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  • wavyblondewavyblonde Posts: 1,637Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What Honeycurls said. I'd immediately lose respect for someone who posted pics of strangers on facebook so he/she could make fun of them. IF they're going to do that, they should at least have the decency to blur the face. Can you imagine becoming some sort of bad fashion meme?

    I also hate it when my friends post and tag pics of me on facebook. I'm decently photogenic, but sometimes someone will come to one of my band's gig and take pics, then upload them and tag them to the band's fb page. I HATE some of those pics. They always choose the ones where I've got my eyes closed or am making a weird concentration face. Then it's there for everyone who looks at the band page to see. Ugh.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't take pics of strangers at all, if I can help it. I have been known to wait and wait and wait for a public place to clear out so that I can snap a pic of just my subject and no one else.

    It's not illegal to take pics of strangers in public venues, but, if you're doing it to riducule them in some way, it's a really scummy thing to do.

    Why are you friends with these people who do this again?
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users

    Why are you friends with these people who do this again?
    Friends only on FB. this woman was my daughter's wedding photographer and she friended me shortly after the wedding. The only time I've ever spoken to her in real life was at the wedding.

    I'm quite glad to not know her in person.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    A professional photographer does this? That seems bad for business... so if she takes your picture and thinks you are fat or unfashionable or something, can you have confidence it won't end up being ridiculed on the internet?

    I think taking someone's photograph is fair game in any public place or place into which the public is invited. Hence why I had no sympathy for the William and Kate complaints about the honeymoon photos on the beach, but did for the ones taken in the private yard. However, I think it's really rude and lacking in character to take the pictures of strangers and post them on line to mock them. My cousin in NYC does this all the time - she takes pictures on the subway and facebook talking about how fat they are or what a hot mess their clothes or hair are, etc. S" she's family - and I have probably called her out on it 100x with no effect, so now I just blocked her from my news feed. I especially hate it when people do it to their kids.

    I do not like the people of walmart site (total classism) and did not like the pregnancy photos one for similar reason. There are plenty of thin, middle class or wealthy people who wear unflattering clothes or have bad expressions on their faces or look totally ridiculou with their spray tans, designer clothes they wear just for the label but don't suit at all, bleached hair etc. but we're so used to seeing that, it's not as easy prey as someone who is - gasp - fat and unable to afford new clothes so they are bursting out of their pants a bit. Hahahahaha.
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  • greenjumpergreenjumper Posts: 891Registered Users
    This reminds me of the other thread about the woman who did wa not remove body/facial hair for religious reasons (some posted a picture of her on Reddit).

    Her response was perfect and I think it applies here. Public finger pointing, shame, and humiliation is just mean and strangers don't know a person's life or why they look or act certain way.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    I only take photos without explicit permission if it's clear that people are pulling a crazy stunt in the hopes of getting on Youtube or something.

    If it's just someone wearing an interesting costume (gothic lolita, for example), I'll ask if I can take a picture.

    Otherwise, I don't take photos of strangers.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I love taking pictures, but I do not often take them of strangers. If its an interesting scene they happen to make or be a part of, and I'm at a distance, I might. Otherwise they might pose and ruin the moment. If I am close I always ask if they mind. I do that every halloween, and it's never to make fun of anyone. Only because I find it/them/their costume interesting.

    Taking pictures of strangers and posting them to belittle is immature and unkind.
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