I am sure this is not a term invented by me: photographic harassment. After seeing this blog about how those using photographic equipment to intimidate their focuses of interest, I searched for Wiki but failed to find an appropriate expression.
The blog and its message is written in simplified Chinese, but you don’t have to understand the text because the images carry so much weight.
I wish this was just a photo shooting session and those people being shot were models, not ordinary people. At a first glance, you thought it is a wrestling between the predators and the preys. The cameras and lens held by the predators reminds me of the machine guns in a battle or war zone.
Perhaps a bit over-exaggerated but it is horrified to see how people take photographs in such a manner. The legendary war photographer Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” Does it mean that we have to use a big medium or tele photo lens to capture every minute details of our target? Do we need such a heavy weighted equipment to deal with the subjects? Sometimes a 35mm lens or a 50mm fixed focal length lens can do most of the jobs. Realism does makes sense but shows no respect.
You may think I am naive: sometimes I doubt the authenticity of those travel photographs in which people pose in front of the cameras with smiles and laughters. Are those their true expressions? Is there an ethical principle to follow when we take photographs. With so many photographs taken and shared online each day, who cares about this principle?
Even the famous photographer Robert Capa did lie, according to this report. The photo called Falling Soldier was staged, not real. Who cares about honesty?
I am not well known, only a person of using photographs to capture the moment of reality. But I have my own principles of taking photographs in a respectful manner. I follow what Cartier Bresson says, ‘To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”
Honesty is the way of life although playing trick is the trend.