People photography | 15 rolls in 15 days - Day 9

In today's post we have a selection of people of Belgrade captured during their daily activities. What draws me in on certain subjects can be interesting hats or pieces of clothing, colorful outfit, t-shirt message, a gesture or face expression. Maybe their dog is star of the show. Or they are passionately kissing with their lover.

Often people ask me if I ask for permission before taking someone's photograph, and the answer is no. In street photography it's important that the moment is not posed but spontaneous, the whole magic of the genre is in it. Usually people don't notice that I'm taking a photo of them or they think I'm a tourist making a video. And if they do see me, it's always fun to get that eye contact between the subject and the photographer.

It's important to smile, be relaxed and know why you are doing this. That way you won't get into arguments with people. Avoiding direct eye contact is also something many recommend although I don't always follow it and will at times make silent nods and smile as acknowledgement.

Making street portraits by asking people to pose is something I plan to do however. It will be a good challenge for me as an introverted person but I'm working towards being more comfortable in such situations. More on that in the future. Hope you like the captures.

This challenge is designed to push me to shoot more, think more about what I'm shooting and also to start posting more regularly. It's supposed to imitate shooting a film camera, 1 roll each day and posting the results. Recently I shot a roll of Kodak film and it inspired me to bring this series back. Here are the general guidelines:

- Create up to 36 photographs each day
- Select and post at least 10 photographs
- Don't look at images on the LCD screen


These are very good. Now I want to go out to town and take shots of my own. I agree that asking for permission is not necessary. First of all, you may want to capture the moment of people going about their normal business without awareness of being photographed. Also, it is completely legal (and ethical) to do so unless you portray the subjects in a manner that reflects badly on them. All your subjects should be shown in a way that maintains their dignity.

You said it very nicely - it's absolutely vital not to try and show people in a bad light. In funny situations sometimes, but not in a bad way. Simple rule - if it was me in the photo, would I share it or not. Glad you liked the photos!

I'd also add that showing people in an undignified light could be illegal as it is in Finland. What exactly that entails is up for the courts to decide but I wouldn't push it.

Oh I love that picture of a couple.kissing!
I can sense love!

Yes! The rest of the world did not exist for them at that moment. :)

love it, especially the penultimate photo!

Glad you like that one! Thanks :)

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They were so passionate! :) Had to capture the moment.