People taking pictures of strangers

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I have a Facebook friend who is a photographer. However, she also takes pictures of EVERYONE-- people on the subway, people in her gym. Today she's got a picture of someone on the train with very greasy hair and a comment about how greasy her hair is.

I have another Facebook friend who takes pictures of people on the train also, but hers are more artistic and are usually related to something interesting they're wearing or what they're reading, etc.

I have taken two pictures of people that I saw on trains, but both times it was only of their feet or legs and then I realized that I didn't want to do that anymore.

How do you feel about this?

ETA: This is apparently totally legal. I still find it an invasion.


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Last edited by Springcurl; 10-05-2012 at 10:57 AM.
My husband goes to my running races and takes pictures, photography is totally his hobby.

He takes random pictures of strangers, the first place finishers (male and female), and people getting ready to race, running, etc.

He puts them on FB, tags our friends that might have raced, etc.

I don't see a problem with it, honestly. He's never asked to take someone's picture, there are photographers all over at those races. And honestly, iwth his big ol' camera, he looks like a professional.

He NEVER takes pics of people to make fun of them. "Oh, look at THAT runner! EW!" or whatever. His are more, "Here is the first female finisher, took her 20 minute to do 5k! Wow!" and stuff like that. He doesn't even use his iPhone to take pics (like People of Wal-Mart) to make fun of people, either.
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It's hard to claim "invasion of privacy" when the person is in a public place. I do find it mean, especially when someone is posting it to make fun of the person's hair, clothing, body, etc.

Yet I still laugh at sites like People of Walmart, so I'm conflicted.
This is why it's legal, I'm sure. And I definitely can understand taking pictures of people at events like races, dog meetups, rallies, etc.

Something about taking a picture of a stranger just in their daily commute or exercising while at the gym feels not-right.
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This is why it's legal, I'm sure. And I definitely can understand taking pictures of people at events like races, dog meetups, rallies, etc.

Something about taking a picture of a stranger just in their daily commute or exercising while at the gym feels not-right.
Originally Posted by Springcurl

Perhaps because 90% of the time when you're taking pictures like that its to make deroggatory comments about them? I dunno.

Greasy hair, bad skin, dirty clothes, sweaty while working out, picking their nose in the car...

I can't say that I see a lot of, OMG, look at her great outfit! It's more like, OMG, her outfit is terrible.
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This is why it's legal, I'm sure. And I definitely can understand taking pictures of people at events like races, dog meetups, rallies, etc.

Something about taking a picture of a stranger just in their daily commute or exercising while at the gym feels not-right.
Originally Posted by Springcurl

Perhaps because 90% of the time when you're taking pictures like that its to make deroggatory comments about them? I dunno.

Greasy hair, bad skin, dirty clothes, sweaty while working out, picking their nose in the car...

I can't say that I see a lot of, OMG, look at her great outfit! It's more like, OMG, her outfit is terrible.
Originally Posted by M2LR
I'm sure that's it. Because my second friend is always taking Instagram photos of people on the T and they're just pictures of, like, an old guy with a hat that says "here comes trouble" or a young guy reading Kafka or something like that.

The first woman in NYC, I've just never seen her say a single nice thing about anyone. She just put up another picture right now of a woman who has her pants tucked into her boots and saying how it's wrong on so many levels. I don't know if it's because she's wearing pink pants and has brown boots, or if it's because they're tucked in, or if it's because her boots are high-heels. I'm no fashion plate so it goes over my head. I only know it's mean-spirited.


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The mean-spirited, making-fun type of posts rub me the wrong way. There's enough negativity in the world, why add to it?
It's the negativity that bothers me.

If someone is taking pictures for art, or even at an event like a race, I am fine with it. In that case it serves a purpose other than simply mocking someone.

Posting pictures on Facebook just to demean other people seems petty to me.

Particularly when the person's face is in the picture - it bothers me less when someone just posts a picture of some crazy shoes or something.

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Just for the heck of it I told her I didn't know from fashion and asked what I was supposed to hate. Now I know:

its like...sweatpants (or velour pants..circa JLO 2002) with "dressy" boots. You dont tuck anything but fitted pants, jeans or leggings into boots. A. it looks horrible, B. you are mixing looks! Are you dressed up or are u casual? Its like when people wear wool sweaters with summer dresses and flip flops.


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Last edited by Springcurl; 10-05-2012 at 11:57 AM.
I don't like negativity, but I do take photos of people doing their routines sometimes.

Usually just artistically. Or because said random person took a pic of me and I'm getting my revenge.

Just last week I was taking a picture of a man and his two kids playing in the shallow waters at Elbow falls. The kids were just so cute and it was natural and not posed. The smiles were real as the girl pointed out something cool in the pool. I deleted them afterwards because they were awful shots (my fault not theirs), but I did take them.

I got that from my mum too. We do it to get natural poses at different angles, for showing us foreshadowing, etc. But we also don't sell our photography, so I think that makes a difference.
Ack! The horror! The horror!!!!!

eta: that was in reference to what springcurl's friend said
Ack! The horror! The horror!!!!!
Originally Posted by B-wavy
Indeed! I wear flats with boot-cut jeans, too. I recently found out this was a major no-no. I also wear high waisted jeans. I found out this makes me a hipster.

Go figure.


Obamacare is not a blueprint for socialism. You're thinking of the New Testament. ~~ John Fugelsang



Oh, also, my lorgnette arrived a couple weeks ago. I wonder how many people have been taking pictures of ME all these years.

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Last edited by Springcurl; 10-05-2012 at 12:08 PM.
You look awesome with your lorgnette!!!! (new avvie pic? hmm?)

High-waisted jeans make you a hipster? Argh. There is no hope for me....not that there ever was. I don't follow current fashions, never have. I wear what I like. Sue me.
I thought high waisted jeans were mom jeans? Mine are high waist (Not Your Daughters Jeans) and I am only mom to my dog. They're slightly bootcut and I wear flats with them. Someone shoot me now!

On a slightly related note I don't like people recording me. We went on a brewery tour yesterday and this guy had his camcorder out the whole time and it made me really uncomfortable that he was taping all of us on the tour. If he had done a few recordings during the tour that might have been less creepy, but he recorded the whole darn thing and kept sweeping across the whole group on tour. Can I say the word tour one more time? Yes, yes I can.
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I would never think to take pics of strangers and post them to FB w/ derrogatory remarks. Get a life, people!
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I wouldn't take anyone's picture without asking for their permission. I'm very clear with my boundaries.

I think there used to be a time when it wasn't acceptable to publish someone's picture without their consent. Remember Glamour magazine's Do and Don't fashion column? All if the faces were edited out.
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It just depends on what they're using it for, but at the same time they have to be careful of places they're taking pics in because if certain things are caught on camera the photographer can be sued for it. Like if someone was taking a pic in our store, none of the pics can had any of our posters of the models that model for our company or they can legally sue. I think it's stupid, but ya know peeps can sue for anything these days.
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I have a Facebook friend who is a photographer. However, she also takes pictures of EVERYONE-- people on the subway, people in her gym. Today she's got a picture of someone on the train with very greasy hair and a comment about how greasy her hair is.

I have another Facebook friend who takes pictures of people on the train also, but hers are more artistic and are usually related to something interesting they're wearing or what they're reading, etc.

I have taken two pictures of people that I saw on trains, but both times it was only of their feet or legs and then I realized that I didn't want to do that anymore.

How do you feel about this?

ETA: This is apparently totally legal. I still find it an invasion.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
We have an acquaintance who "Facebooks" strangers--which is code for "takes sneaky cell phone pictures for the sole purpose of posting them and ridiculing the subjects." I have lost all respect for him. I think it's cowardly, pathetic, juvenile, passive-aggressive, and highlights his own low self-esteem, though, to the untrained eye, it masquerades as superiority. And many of his "followers" appear to have untrained eyes--they love it.

It will come as no surprise that I, too, consider it highly invasive to photograph people, for whatever reason, without their permission because the pictures can then be potentially put to a variety of unsavory uses.
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Dood, get over it; there's no time limit on lurking.

I so busy runnin' allllllll over the place and ain't nobody chasin' me!
I take random shots and post em on FB all the time, Generally it's to share the awesomeness around me. This may include shots of people on the street. Like when I went to Pat Benatar just a few months ago and there were these ladies my mom's age dressed like they were going to a Debbie Gibson concert circa 1988. They rocked.

Or the dudes I saw in Boston dressed up as the SNL skit D*** in a Box for no apparent reason in April. Or these amazing plaid pants some dude was wearing outside a show once.

I do not however post them and make snarky comments about them. I like to celebrate the odd and amazing things I see daily. Usually if they are of people though they get blurry cuz I hate to be obvious about it or my phone wasn't opening the camera quick enough.

I also willingly post pictures of me looking completely ridiculous. The other day was Fashion Disaster day at school. I rocked it and posted online for the world to see!

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