In many tourist areas such as Morocco, one sees alot of photos being taken of the locals. Im sure I appear in many I don’t know about.
My friend Mayta, who works in the busy medina at Marrakech, made a good comment about this. She said that we would not think of walking into a busy bank or store, in a place like New York city, for example, and start taking random photos of the employees at work; and yet, that is what’s happening in Marrakech, where the locals working there are constantly photographed…and in many other tourist areas as well.
Should we ask permission before we snap a photo?
So I starting thinking….under what circumstances do I take my photos?
Usually I try to ask first…or at least gesture so that they understand. If they say no, I respect this.
In some cases, one person says yes, and the other person turns their back; or in a group of people, they cover their faces if they don’t want to be seen.
Is it ethical to take a photo of someone sleeping? Or of beautiful children…..even if you’ve given them something?
I was taking a photo of the beautiful door and someone walked by. Or I usually take photos from behind.
Sometimes I will take a “selfie” just to capture the scene behind me.
Here I took a ‘selfie’ to capture the scene behind me …..and then the three men gestured for me to come and take their photo!
I came across this beautiful man in the medina; he was dyeing wool in vats of bowling hot dye in the 100 degree weather of Marrakech. I asked permission and he allowed me to take this photo….which I love. I then showed him the photo of himself…something I usually do….and he brought me to his little shop across the way, to view a poster of him made a few years ago. He then asked me to choose a colour of wool; I chose berber blue which he cut a small piece of and wrapped around my wrist. In return, I gave him a few mint candies that I had. It was a beautiful exchange.