I’m a little reluctant to have human subjects in my photos, so this is a real personal challenge.
I was on my lunch break at work and saw this very unassuming man standing with his placards outside BBC Television Centre, the news hub of the organisation.
It was Holocaust Memorial Day, which probably explains his roughly-painted messages. He just stood there passively, silently.
From a reasonable distance I took this candid shot, not willing to speak to him. But that is the nature of candid photography, merely to observe what is happening without being spotted.
It left many questions unanswered – what was the motivation for his lone protest, and did he hope to make a point or even make an appearance on BBC News?
Far from White City, I was spurred into taking several candid shots in Morocco, partly motivated by a fascination with the faces I saw there.
It’s a place where you need to be very discreet, as some Moroccans don’t like to have their picture taken, while others will use it as an excuse to exact money from you.
My solution was to hide behind the tour group I was travelling with, blend neatly into the background and pretend I was pointing my lens elsewhere.
There are many photographers who make their living by taking shots without permission. Is this the only way to catch people at their natural best and frame some of the best human moments? Or is it wrong to wield the candid camera?…
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