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A Life less Ordinary - Me and my shadow!

[Thank you Everyone] I have now turned the comments off for this shot... I hope the debate will continue on.. but I think the best place for it is on the discussion boards within flickr...

  

Two strands to today’s posting…

 

First attempt at shooting into direct sunlight…It’s a bit like doing long exposure shots, you never know quite what the result will be, probably due to my inexperience, but I will persevere whenever we get good light..Havent quite worked out a good processing method yet it’s a bit to grainy for my liking.

 

The second strand….

 

My aim with street photography is to portray the city I live in, however anyone viewing my photostream will notice a distinct lack of young adults and children in any of my shots.. Its not that London is devoid of children its just that within the present culture in England photographing a younger age group is frowned upon and carries with it the risk of the photographer being labelled with the ‘p’ word…

 

I should clarify that I would only ever consider photographing younger people within the context of a family unit or within a large group never on their own. This was an unintentional shot.. I usually make a point of lowering the camera or turning the lens away whenever there are children about...

 

I find it sad that when I look at photographs from the past 1920’s-1990’s young people appear in all of them. Messing about having fun doing what kids have always done throughout the centuries, and yet any future historian viewing flickr or historical records will now find those records devoid of the younger generation.

 

Not sure whether I should have posted this shot ..so would appreciate comments from my UK based friends…

 

I guess the questions are:

a) Should I remove this shot?

b) Does it cross an ethical or moral boundary?

c) Do I just accept the fact and never post street shots of families?

 

Please feel free to comment or discuss the issues raised…

 

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Taken on February 20, 2010