Lately I’ve been hit by the question “what are you taking the photo for” a lot. For example today I went to the beach with my camera and lifeguards came to ask that very question to me, and I had some so called explaining to do. As you may remember, I have some beach photography plans (as I kinda alluded on my summer plan post) for this summer and today was my warm up and practise run at our local beach called Hietsu. After getting only one shot and realising I need to figure out exactly how the f*ck I’m going to pull candid beach photography off without looking like a complete pervert, I was confronted by a lifeguard who came to ask why I’m taking photos. I actually noticed that they were keeping an eye on me long before coming after me. I wasn’t trying to be stealthy on purpose and walked around with my camera pretty openly, letting people near me notice that I’m taking photos. Not yet sure though, whether that was the right plan. I didn’t want to come out as a creep and take stealth shots. I think that is more suspicious than taking photos openly. Anyways, I explained that I’m making a photo documentary and I was able to carry on, even though they incorrectly pointed out to me that photographing people individually wasn’t allowed, which it totally is and there’s a law backing that up. What the hell I’d supposed to do — photoshop the people out of the image?
I left the beach with only one frame shot (not yet developed) and some interesting questions to think about. The beach is a challenging setting, because of course there are people wearing only their swimsuits and unfortunately there are also perverts and psychos out there ruining the world for us. But like I said, this was a practise run and meanwhile I have homework to do. My biggest question is to how pull this kind of photography off, with good taste, without getting misunderstood. I think people would be thrilled to be in these photos, if they’d know what kind of awesome stuff I’m visioning. But anyways, this seems to be a multi-part quest, and I’ll get back to this topic as things develop.
I have some good new photos too to show — not related to beach photography though, unfortunately. This weekend I was in a total photography mode and managed to shoot a roll of Tri-x in one day, which has to be my speed record so far. In addition to that, today I went for a six hour photo walk in Helsinki, just to practise street shooting, and ended up almost exhausting myself by working so hard. Yesterday, we were on a road trip with my girl friend and happened to stumble on really interesting events and places totally randomly. I didn’t hold back and shot away. Not the best shots, but I had a blast. I had my Olympus OM-1 and a roll of Kodak Tri-x 400. Here’s what I got.