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Voyeurism

Todays picture looks planned, thought-out and composed. In reality it was a drive by shooting. There is no way in hell I was going to park my car, get out and stand behind this old man sitting on the bench and take his picture without his permission. What if he turned around or if someone saw me? I couldn't go up and ask the guy if I could take the picture because what if he said I can't? What if he asked why? What if he said yes but then moved or sat in a different way? Also try explaining to people you want the picture for a web based project. The word picture plus internet in the same sentence will not get you good feedback. So, I had to resort to the lowest form of photography, voyeurism. After I was done passing this guy I saw another excellent shot, it was a woman dressed in total black "abaya" and she was sitting on the bench. Not only that but there was another local man in white "deshdasha" who was walking and was about to pass by from behind her. That meant I could have gotten another shot like the one I have now except it involved two local people. That would have made the picture a lot more powerful, more postcard like. But, I decided it wasn't worth the risk, I would definitely would have been spotted by the guy and would have gotten into a lot of trouble. I hope this will be my last voyeur shot.

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Uploaded on April 19, 2005