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Street Photography are there any exceptions

We probably all remember the story about a photographer coming across a notable but resented celebrity drowning in a lake. The photographers dilemma was should he take time to swap to a tele lens and risk losing site of the drowning person or just use the lens he had on the camera and rely on the ability to enlarge the image at the risk of loss of detail.

So my question is if you come across a disaster / accident do you photograph the event and people involved or do you just walk away. (This is assuming that there are more than enough specialists dealing with the incident and you could not offer any assistance and you are not hindering the recovery activity).
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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

Take the shot if possible, but I'm a prime lens user and it depends how close I could get, with safety in mind. On the other hand, I would probably recoil if people were suffering.
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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

If I was the only person around, I would save a life first before photoing the scene.

If there were plenty of other people around, then maybe photo the scene for record purposes...…….
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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

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If I was the only person around, I would save a life first before photoing the scene.

If there were plenty of other people around, then maybe photo the scene for record purposes...…….
Me too..

When rescuing a stuck campervan in Northumberland which was blocking the whole road that's what I did 1st (OK that was not life threatening). I did ask teh wife to grab my camera and start shooting though

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Nice web page Andy.....
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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

I think that in any accident or life threatening situaion where you are the lone witness, then the camera takes a back seat until such time as the victim has been seen to. If, as has been said, there are others on site and assisting, then the camera may / could very well add solid evidence to any investigation. The recent helicopter accident - a case in question - which was filmed, has already been stated as being helpful to the investigation.
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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

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...o my question is if you come across a disaster / accident do you photograph the event and people involved or do you just walk away. (This is assuming that there are more than enough specialists dealing with the incident and you could not offer any assistance and you are not hindering the recovery activity).
I cannot imagine enough of those criteria to be true at any disaster I came across,
so I'd never have the time for a photo.
(I've never had the time for a photo so far.)
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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

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We probably all remember the story about a photographer coming across a notable but resented celebrity drowning in a lake. The photographers dilemma was should he take time to swap to a tele lens and risk losing site of the drowning person or just use the lens he had on the camera and rely on the ability to enlarge the image at the risk of loss of detail.

So my question is if you come across a disaster / accident do you photograph the event and people involved or do you just walk away. (This is assuming that there are more than enough specialists dealing with the incident and you could not offer any assistance and you are not hindering the recovery activity).
Why on earth would you want to photo an accident that's already occurred and specialists on the scene, unless of course you hoped to sell them to the media ?

If there were already enough specialists dealing with the incident, if photos were required they would take them not you. For you to take photos might earn you a well deserved smack in the mouth from someone genuinely involved.

Many of the tail backs on motorways are caused by Ghouls and Rubber Necks slowing to a crawl to take photos of an accident already occurred or simply enjoy the view. Every one should be traced and prosecuted.

The use of dash cam footage prior to, and as, an accident happens can be valuable to an investigation but taking photos when its already happened and specialists are on scene is a definite NO NO IMHO

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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

Sorry Jax I don't think it is as black and white as that

There are many reasons that you could take pictures of an incident that has already happened

Sadly there was a head on collision right outside my house and I took a series of pictures after the event when the paramedics were on scene - not for any financial gain, but to do a blog post indicating the good work of the paramedics and with their full permission

Later on I was asked to provide some of the other pictures I took for a local road safety campaign

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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

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Sorry Jax I don't think it is as black and white as that

There are many reasons that you could take pictures of an incident that has already happened

Sadly there was a head on collision right outside my house and I took a series of pictures after the event when the paramedics were on scene - not for any financial gain, but to do a blog post indicating the good work of the paramedics and with their full permission

Later on I was asked to provide some of the other pictures I took for a local road safety campaign

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My response was based on the general nature of the OP's question and not any specific incident or occurrence. As in all things there are always valid exceptions that could be quoted. Taking photos of an accident that has already occurred, simply because you can, is not acceptable IMHO.

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Re: Street Photography are there any exceptions

So some of the most historic pictures ever taken should be purged from the papers and web sites eg
The film of the Concorde crash at C de G airport
Pictures of people jumping off the buildings on 9/11
The Grenfell Tower pictures.
The Vietkong officer being shot in the head

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some of theese pictures were accidentally taken (as opposed to be a set up picture)
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So some of the most historic pictures ever taken should be purged from the papers and web sites eg
The film of the Concorde crash at C de G airport
Pictures of people jumping off the buildings on 9/11
The Grenfell Tower pictures.
The Vietkong officer being shot in the head

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some of theese pictures were accidentally taken (as opposed to be a set up picture)
Please read and inwardly digest your original question, the other comments, then try and make a sensible appropriate response.

So you've come across a scene of a fatal traffic accident. Police, Fire Dept. and Paramedics are on site. You get out of your vehicle and begin to take photos of the scene................

Why ?

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I did not mention a fatal traffic accident......
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So my question is if you come across a disaster / accident do you photograph the event and people involved or do you just walk away. (This is assuming that there are more than enough specialists dealing with the incident and you could not offer any assistance and you are not hindering the recovery activity).
Ok if it makes you happy remove the words "fatal" and "traffic" from my post. Doing so does not detract from or alter my response to your original question. To take photos in the scenario you describe would render you no better than the usual motorway ghouls who lean out of their cars taking photos of accidents as they drive past. Totally disgusting reprehensible behaviour IMHO

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