The street scowl

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beyondAll photography and variations by Jessie Carveth 


She discovered the street scowl

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Stay away. Don’t be intrusive. If you aren’t going to have sex with them, that is to say, if you aren’t Diane Arbus don’t put your camera in someone’s face.5677.jpg

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These were taken so long ago she didn’t know she liked photography that way. Carveth thought they were just friends.

Post-process wasn’t democratized yet, it was owned by trained professionals.

It was so long ago she didn’t realize how entitled “street” photographers are, rude.

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It didn’t occur to her then that no one is invited to take pictures without permission. It is an intriguing presumption, a trait common to professional photographers and the tourists they have contempt for. Pro or tourist, most imagine it’s okay to aim a camera in faces, up close, and call it “street photography”.

Taking pictures without offering sex?

Diane Arbus asked first for desire, photos if she was desired, in Carveth’s opinion the only proper way to justify pushing machinery into a stranger’s face to get a picture.lineblue-488x1-891x5

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