|Biding his time at the IHOP|
Delray Beach, FL
Photo originally posted to Instagram
I appreciate that my photographic strategy, such as it is, crosses a line. I should probably be approaching my subjects first and asking them to sign a release. My failure to do so probably adds a few more points to my bad-boy report card, but I continue to shoot quickly and quietly, almost always using a longish lens to reach into the scene without the subject ever knowing I was there.
On this Sunday morning in an International House of Pancakes (IHOP, and we'll leave the "International" part of its name for discussion another day), I saw this gentleman and his wife having breakfast. As he waited for her to return, I found myself staring at him, entranced by the way he occupied his time in her absence. He was super-focused on his coffee, carefully mixing in milk and sugar letting it cool while he patiently sat. He only started to drink it after she returned, which I found incredibly sweet - a gesture you don't see much of anymore.
My never-let-them-know-you're-shooting approach means we'll likely never know who this gentleman is. But in this hyper-connected era where anyone can be found on Facebook in seconds, there's some comfort in the fact that this man could be any of us, and I learned something about decent human behaviour by watching him on this slow-moving day in a South Florida restaurant.
Your turn: Do you take pictures of strangers? Why/why not?
Not sure that shooting inside a public establishment is fair. On the street, yes, but while someone is eating...not so sure.
You're right: There's a definitive line between out-in-the-street - ie full public - and a resto, which is quasi-public. I know I cross it routinely, and I'm not entirely comfortable with it.
This is delightful Carmi.
I love single shots that tell a story.
Haven't done this type of photography for a long time..I think I must start doing it again.
Carmi, a raw radish, a marvelous vegetable, indeed. Thanks for sharing.
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