June 05, 2012

City people, random

Hopefully I won't get into trouble but I just love to randomly take pictures of people, some are totally oblivious and some do not like being photographed at all. People are a complex subject and portray, at least in my opinion, better than anything the times and its customs, both in constant and perpetual change and therefore interesting. Do you agree? 


  1. I agree, I always watch people on the streets, but don't always dare to photograph them.

  2. You're right!
    I also adore to take pictures from people... but it is not always evident to push the button.
    But they are the most interesting subject you can imagine as a photographer!

  3. Il y a des personnes qui sont agréables à photographier mais ce n'est pas mon cas : je n'ai aucune spontanéité ! Je pense que la photo doit servir le modèle et en faire sortir la grâce. En général je photographie des personnages de dos ou de très loin ou en foule comme sur la dernière que j'ai postée sur mon blog Cergipontin.

  4. Yes, I do so agree with you, Anni, people are fascinating. Unfortunately we are seeing more and more homeless people here in Seattle and they're not always interested in being photographed. These are great shots and a sad look at todays people. Hope your week is going well!


  5. I see many people living on the streets and my heart breaks for them. I often wonder what circumstances brought them to the streets...a job loss, no money left, illness. Society has cast them aside and cut the social programs, the safety net that can help them get back on their feet again.

    Most people won't look at homeless people, they avoid eye contact. I believe in my heart that they think if they shun them they can pretend it doesn't exist. So sad....

  6. That's why people watching is so much fun, and so interesting. Great pictures, Anni! As always.

  7. het blijft wel een beetje delicaat om personen te fotograferen..

    velen hebben het liever niet en dat
    respecteer ik altijd...

    voor wie meedoet aan bv, sportmanifestatie's, stoeten enz...is er normaal geen probleem..


  8. j'aime toujours autant la streetphotography que tu pratiques avec bonheur !

  9. Oeps..., mijn commentaar van deze middag is weg, Anni !
    'k Vraag altijd of 't mag, en nadien ook als 't op de blog mag !
    Respect... !

  10. Lies, ik heb gemerkt dat je commentaar binnenkwam als 'anonymous' , wat ongewoon is, misschien dat het daarom weer verdwenen is.
    Ik doe bijna altijd zoals je zegt, met enkele kleine uitzonderingskes

  11. Kris, your comment is also very interesting. I think you are absolutely right.

    Sylvia, that is true everywhere, I guess.

    Maguérite, discussion intéressante, qu'est ce que le photographe peut et / ou devrait montrer...

    Merci Jacques

    Inderdaad, Willy, het is delicaat. Als je echter altijd eerst de toestemming moet vragen is de originaliteit of hetgeen je wil tonen, vlug verdwenen. Ik probeer de twee te combineren en dan zoveel mogelijk - maar niet altijd- achteraf toch een goedkeuringske vast te krijgen.

  12. Goh moeilijk om de kerk in het midden te houden. Vraag je eerst de toestemming voor een foto dan is alle spontaniteit weg, vraag je het nadien dan riskeer je dat je de foto moet wissen... rarara... ;-)

  13. I love both of these photos! I've learned to not be too shy and ask people if I can take their photo and I rarely take photos of children, unless asked to do so. Somehow people always agree if I ask first.

  14. I agree, it's double.
    But I don't ask it nearly never.
    You have also to see the circonstances.

  15. Yes, i totally agree! And you're right, some in these photos do NOT look happy. One can never tell what each individual person's story is, but all have stories to tell. :) But the facial expressions and mannerisms in each photo say so much..

  16. Fantastic shots. What character they have.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  17. Hallo Anni,
    Zelfde mening als Willy: Straatportretten zijn altijd interessant maar altijd onderworpen aan het akkoord van de personen als het om publicatie gaat...
    Et is wel weinig kans dat je hier in het gedrang komt ;-)

  18. Thank you everyone for your precious advice.
    Difficult topic and delicate balance to observe between originality and respect.

  19. Toestemming of niet, het zijn mooi foto's.

  20. Two great shots here Anni, the lady's not happy but her look makes a great image, the guy is suuuper relaxed about it!!

  21. Superbe ces deux photos!! magique!!! bisous

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