10 thoughts on “People Photos

        1. I wouldn’t have said cruel exactly. But I suppose I’m afraid of being intrusive and in effect, discourteous. But the irony is that I’d have no compunction in sketching them, while taking a photograph feels like something I can’t do. I’m still divided!

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        2. Photographs are meant to be shown in a way that sketches are not – maybe that’s it. If someone were to come over to one of my sketches (it would be terrible, but let’s ignore that) and was offended, I would be upset to have upset them.

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        3. So would I. Horrified actually. It’s never happened (yet). I’d make the excuse that it was my lack of technical skill – but that’s not strictly true because what you think, your gut response really, does come across in a drawing in a way a photo doesn’t necessarily show. I’d be afraid, with a photo, that people would recognise something of themselves they didn’t want to see and think others would see this and take it to be literally true because it was a photograph. (This sounds muddled. Sorry).

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        4. Yes, there’s more wiggle room with a sketch. And people do feel pinned to the wall with photos. It’s a big subject – protecting the physical appearance and protecting how the personality is projected.

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  1. All your people photos are lovely, David. Do you ask them permission afterwards? I don’t _like_ taking people photos and I avoid it as much as I can. I have no idea why, but I enjoy looking at these.

    One time, at Stockholm international airport, I saw a guy from Australia who was smoking two cigarettes at the same time. I wish I’d taken a photo of him, though …

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