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Guide Rail

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“You know, that’s guide rail; not bench.”


I wonder if that’s what was on their mind, the ladies on the left, when they were glancing at the girl sitting on guide rail.


But, wait a minute, were they glancing at her… or me?

Maybe they were glancing at me and thinking,

“Hey, you know, you are not suppose to take our picture!”


What do you think?



*Nagatsuta Station, Kanagawa, Japan

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12 responses

  1. I think you have been busted. :)
    One lady is looking directly at you, the other one I have doubts if it’s at you or at the girl in the rail. :)

    April 29, 2011 at 21:47

    • Haha… I think you are right. But that’s okay, I didn’t do any criminal offense :D.

      Funny thing is, I didn’t realize that I was busted; not until I transfer the photo and look it in the monitor.

      April 29, 2011 at 21:56

      • benisuryadi

        Not agree!

        I think this picture is perfect!
        both of them are starring to the girl who sit on the rail and say “that’s guide rail; not bench!”

        So, not to you.
        I guess. ;-)

        April 30, 2011 at 11:21

        • Hummm… very interesting :-)
          So, people can actually have different perspective of a single image, yes? :D

          April 30, 2011 at 11:30

          • benisuryadi

            indeed.
            that’s why, sometime, frankly speaking, I think you go to far with your paragraph. ;-)

            April 30, 2011 at 20:49

            • Are you saying I was talking too much? :D… but… but… I’m a storyteller; that’s what I do, I talk a lot to tell stories :D…

              April 30, 2011 at 20:54

  2. Busted for sure, both look at you, but who cares? They actually make the picture.

    April 30, 2011 at 03:26

    • I just hope they are not mad at me :D…

      April 30, 2011 at 07:48

  3. they were looking at you alright :D it fascinates me to no end how you shoot candidly, I wonder about the mental conditioning, I wish I were that capable!
    yeah, it’s always that “Hey, you know, you are not suppose to take our picture!”
    Some people forced me to delete pictures i took around their area, though they might never know… but seeing all the blades, i decided to delete them right there. Wrong spot i guess.
    anyway there’s always people who think “what’s wrong with sitting on guide rail?”

    April 30, 2011 at 23:40

    • On my understanding, generally, shooting in public area is NOT against the law. However, publishing it (online or printed) without consent is a whole different story.

      Looking from ethics perspective, taking photograph in public area MAY be considered against the ethics; depends on the local culture.

      My approach: I don’t really think when I’m taking photo on the street, provided I’m not against the law. However, I try not to take picture of people in bad or embarrassing situations. I also refrain myself from taking picture of people who are obviously don’t want to be photographed.

      When it comes to publishing it (online), it is definitely stricter. I try to see it more on the ethics side. I reflect it to myself; If I was the subject on the photo, would I want my picture (in that pose) to be published online? I think that is the most important thing (for me). I don’t want to give a bad image of a person.

      When someone ‘caught’ me shooting them, and want me to delete the photo, I would delete it on the spot — regardless of the fact that the law is on my back. It’s just pointless to force your way just to save a photo.

      April 30, 2011 at 23:56

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