Seattle Street Portraits and Candids

Pasta Sales Girl

Pasta Sales Girl

One of my favorite pastimes is asking people if I can take their picture.  Most say yes.  Those sessions also include traditional candid street photography.  Henri Cartier Bresson is often credited with originating this genre.  It is ironic that French law makes street photography impossible today.

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38 responses

  1. What a smile! It makes a whole photo! Deserves this plce in your post!

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    October 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

  2. Love your B&W photos! Love to look at people too… 😉

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    October 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

  3. I love that featured one again. What a cutie! You have to be sought after for your work!

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    October 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

  4. i would like dark chocolate linguine; what will they think of next.

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    October 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

  5. These are great. I always feel nervous about asking people if I can take their photo in the street – I should really start.

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    October 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

  6. You are a master at getting a good contact –

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    October 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

  7. love your people photos…I like to people watch, but don’t usually take photos of people, don’t have the confidence for that yet… when you ask to take a photo do you get then to sign a release or just take the photo and don’t worry about it?

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    October 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    • I shoot and don’t worry. The only time I ever used releases was for an unusual set with models. Those images are not here because they are too adult.

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      October 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  8. The pasta girl has a fantastic smile.

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    October 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  9. Thanks for more of the PNW, Ron. It looks like you made it to the Pike Place Market, a place where you could probably shoot all day and still have more to capture. Appreciate these!

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    October 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

  10. As always nice portraits Ron
    Have a nice weekend

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    October 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  11. Beautiful photographs, although that tattoo looks painful! 🙂

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    October 12, 2013 at 2:18 am

  12. nice work!

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    October 12, 2013 at 3:42 am

  13. It’s ironic indeed ! As a French blogger, I’m happy I don’t have a street-style blog, ha ha ! Your portraits are always interesting and I’m sure that the people that you photograph are really proud of appearing on your fantastic blog !

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    October 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

  14. Always love your B&W photos 🙂

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    October 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  15. Do the French not allow street photography for privacy reasons?

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    October 13, 2013 at 3:46 am

    • It is based on what is called data protection in the EU, but ultimately it is a concept of privacy that is completely different from common law countries. One may take the picture, but they can’t publish it without the explicit consent of the subject. The law is similar in Norway, Denmark and the Quebec Provence. Germany has restrictions that extend to the taking of the picture.

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      October 13, 2013 at 7:49 am

      • Thanks for the explanation. It seems you have to know about the rules of law as well as photography.

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        October 13, 2013 at 8:01 am

        • Do a search for Texas Improper Photography and you will find a law that is unique to the US. This law makes it a sex offense to take relatively meaningless pictures of fully clothed people if the circumstances were creepy and it can be established the photographer had dirty thoughts at the time.

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          October 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

        • Wow!

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          October 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        • Thank you G.

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          October 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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