TexasDeb really got me thinking about the ethics of street photography. I had been reading forums and blogs about street photography and came away with the idea that many photographers assume that if something is legal it must be ok. Many will offer the argument that sneaky photos are more natural and probably lead to better compositions. But, the more I thought about it the less comfortable I felt. The enjoyment I get from taking a pretty picture has no weight against the issue of another person’s privacy. I think street photography by definition objectifies people and is disrespectful regardless of the photographer’s intentions. Also, even if I have good intentions others might not and could use those photos in ways that could be hurtful. As a result, I removed those photos and decided on a policy of seeking permission in the future — I’d rather lose the shot if it means I can gain an opportunity to build community. Plus, I may actually get to know more of my neighbours this way. =) Thanks, Deb for the gentle reminder.