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The Best Excuses when doing Street photography.

20 Sep

Hi guys? How’s your today coming up? Well, mine’s pretty awesome gotta say. I have been reading this free street photography book by Thomas Leuthard called “Going Candid”.  It is a really interesting book, with these really nice ideas and tips about street photography. I am writing because I want to share a part of the book that I found really really interesting. It is a fact that nowerdays more than ever, street photography is not that easy, since many people will confront  you and want to know why you have taken their photograph. Here are really interesting answers that you can give them.

I found these very interesting. Hope you do too.

“I just shot this building in the background and you walked into my photo…!”

“I’m a tourist and I document life in the city”

“I have this new camera I’m testing today…”

“Do you know Bruce Gilden? He is even worse…”

“You should see Eric Kim, he is a creepy Korean tourist with a Leica M9…”

“There is this contest on Flickr I’m participating in…”

“I’m a photo student. Our teacher wants us to shoot people…”

“I work on the 100 Strangers project…”

“I love your beautiful eyes…”

“You have an interesting face…”

“I love your style…”

“You are hot. Can I have your phone number…?”

“You look like my grandmother…”

“I’m a talent scout. Do you want to become famous…?”

“I’m a famous photographer looking for new models…”

“I thought you are a celebrity…”

“I thought you are a famous actor…”

“I took your photo, now you owe me 10 dollars…”

“I want to marry you…”

“Elvis is alive…”

“You look like Osama Bin Laden…”

“Is this your wife or just a cheap hooker…?”

“Don’t look at me, it wasn’t me…”

“My camera is stuck, it shoots by itself…”

“I have a really ugly wife at home and this is curing me…”

“Yes, I’m a pervert. Thanks for helping me getting some satisfaction…”

“I’m an investment banker. The recession made me do that…”

“I’m young and need the money…”

“I have an unhealthy addiction to ugly people…”

“Others use drugs; I do candid portraits of strangers…”

“You will be on television tomorrow…”

“We are making a movie, please stand back…”

“This is a crime scene investigation. I cannot answer your question…”

“Your wife wants me to observe you. Bring her some flowers tonight…”

“I will sell your portrait to a charity to teach disabled children photography”

“Give me your address, I will send you a print…”

“One day you will be proud that I took your photo…”

“No, I cannot delete the photo, it’s on film…”

“…” Pretend that you are deaf-mute.

“…” Pretend you have the Asperger-Syndrom

 

 

Lol,.. so I thought I should probably add up a list of my own excuses.

Wear a T-shirt written on, “if you talk to me, you are a humongous fool”

Fake an accent, speak a different language.

“I’m with the C.I.A, talking to me will result in you being tabbed for espionage activity”

“I’ve got problems with my eyes. I only see well with the lens”

“I’ve got a photographic memory. This is an extension of it”

“you are really Ugly, I had to remember you”

“..don’t tell me you have no idea who I am..!!”

Pretend to be looking another direction and keep shooting.

 

Get this book here. Here is his 500px Flickr

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