Yeah, the title of this blog spoiles it all...
In my humble opinion, nowadays we all get infected with a disease called “Political Correctness” in many ways and on a daily basis. Art should distinguish itself from that as far as possible... Let me explain myself a bit further through some examples, the story behind those shots and how I see the difference between a choice I make all the time and my supposedly lack of ethics.
On the streets it is very simple: What you see is what you get. All layers of society are there to be photographed. Why would I need to consider someones religion (sepparation between church and state is something we must cherish deeply), someones believes, someones physical state, the way women dress in the summer, the paranoia in society on men being pedophiles until the opposite has been proven, or someones body size? Why would I censor myself as a photographer just because of the so called opinions in society on all of the above mentioned subjects?
I just choose not to censor myself as long as it is my own believe my intention shows respect to the subject's state of being or doesn't compromise the subject in a disrespectful way.
So on the most common subjects of discussion within street photography, I do not have any ethics, but I mostly choose not too photograph those unless there's some kind of artistical justification to take the shot...
What I do despise however, is making disrespectful comments on photographs like "nice rack", "fat loser" and so on. This can give street photography as a whole a very badreputation. The street photography community is small and therefor very vulnerable. We all have a responsibility towards each other's love for this kind of photography I think.
I want to emphasize this is just my own opinion. To all my readers who can not agree on my vision for religious, political or any other reasons, I want to say that I respect your believes, but art in general is just about exposing to all cultures what is happening in our urban societies.
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Have a good one,