My pictures don't have to to 'do' anthing. They don't have to sell in a gallery or sit well besides the ads in a magazine, I don't have to make pictures that are easily categorised. They are not reportage, They are just pictures about life – Nick Turpin., street photographer.

How I ask to take a person’s picture

I am, by nature, a shy person, but I find it easy to talk to people.

As I said previously I like to take covert pictures of people, but now and again I do ask people.

Generally it is where some one is obviously doing something in public, running a stall in a market, at a parade, working in a shop, at a protest march, that sort of thing.

I like to engage them in conversation, often I have no intention to take their picture at the start it just sort of feels right at the end.

No one has ever said no in fact I thing people are quite pleased.

I like to talk to the old soldiers when they are remembering their fallen comrades and the end of the world war.

Dressed up in their uniforms with their medals, they are proud in a quiet way, but ask them about their experiences, who they served with and they just love to tell you, then ask if you can take their photo, their chests swell and they stand to attention, really proud but often sad about their friends that never came back.

I think it is wonderful to keep a record of them.

That is one of the reasons I like to take pictures of people but mainly because people are so varied and interesting in all sorts of ways, the people I take pictures of are not celebrities just ordinary people.

Always respect them, and I do not take pictures of people in distress. If someone chooses to make a fool of themselves in the street then I might take their picture but otherwise I never take a picture that might embarrass someone.

The next article, getting caught.

2 responses

  1. George Weaver

    I see that you have no trouble asking to photograph people, after all. They know you are interested in them. I like the idea that you never photograph people in distress. There is enough of that already.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    • Thanks for your comment, a fair number of the people I ask I know, the others are doing something like running a stall at an event, I engage them in conversation then ask, I would have trouble just stopping some on in the street to take their picture.
      all the best
      Mike

      March 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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