Lascivious. Subconscious. Oblivious.
I have wrestled with my conscience for years over this one. For me this is a magic moment of street photography, the split second when it all came together, but the sticking point was always the possible embarrassment of my unwitting subjects. Let's face it, this is an everyday occurrence. In every city in the world men, consciously or subconsciously check out women's asses, it's human nature ... and yes I do - and it's not just men, I've noticed women checking out my leather-clad nethers on more than one occasion.
The question is 'Do we want that glance captured on film and published around the world?' And it goes beyond THIS photograph, flickr 'street groups' are full of images of fat people, thin people, ugly people ... often with a derogatory title or description, images taken without the subject's knowledge. Should we be ghoulishly stalking unsuspecting folk on the streets with cameras in our quest to be the next Bresson?
So I publish it. The lad on the left is making no attempt to hide his look. The man in the middle may have been thinking about something completely different, unaware that his eyes were pointing at this woman's rump. She, oblivious. How would she react to this image?
SHOULD I have published it or should I have burned it? Answers in BLACK ink. Please do not attempt to write on both sides of the paper at once.