The street scowl

She discovered the street scowl in Paris


All photography and art on this site by Jessie Carveth, 2017-18;


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


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It didn’t occur to her at the beginning that no one is invited to take pictures without permission. It’s an intriguing presumption, common to both 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.









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