Don't ask

By mrswoolybill
Scarborough. The British seaside as it ought to be. Bitingly cold. Brash, tacky, pile it high, sell it over-priced. We're damn well going to enjoy ourselves. And it's chips with everything including the Smelly Balls.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Black and white Silly Sunday Humour and fun

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PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
3 Jan 2016 7:45AM
oh dear..

nice mono..
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
3 Jan 2016 8:06AM
Love the poetic writeup that goes well with this great image, Moira. She is clever, must have been fed up with people's questions or simply evades them.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
3 Jan 2016 8:19AM
I just have to ask..............what on earth is a smelly ball? (no rude responses, please Wink)
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
3 Jan 2016 8:22AM
all the fun of the fair....she must have been playing with too many `smelly balls'??? WinkGrinGrin
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 8:24AM
Probably tripped over those damn smelly balls!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 8:28AM

Quote:I just have to ask..............what on earth is a smelly ball? (no rude responses, please

Carol, you have led a very sheltered life. They are small, tough balloons, adorned with smiley faces and impregnated with a horribly artificial scent. Their function is to separate the vulnerable from their cash. You will find a stall selling them (probably clones from a single original brain cell ) on pretty well any sea front or high street.
Thanks folks, and a Very Silly Sunday to you.
Moira
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 8:43AM
Excellent candid, Moira.

Ken.

ps, I live in a seaside town and yes, there's smelly balls in abundance!Smile

Ken
mistere Plus
8 9 4 England
3 Jan 2016 8:48AM
Smelly balls up front and a windbreaker in background, a very aromatic image Moira SmileSmile
No wonder she's fed up of the questions.Blush

Dave.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
3 Jan 2016 8:48AM
Never heard of them either.
Being innocent I miss so much.

A very funny upload, Moira.
Ideal for today - and a good picture.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 8:49AM
Thanks Ken! And yes, the stalls in Newcastle city centre can supply you with enough Smelly Balls to equip a rugby crowd. Should you wish to do so....
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 8:55AM

Quote:Smelly balls up front and a windbreaker in background, a very aromatic image Moira

Ah yes, the windbreaker is for the people who have them with baked beans instead of chips.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
3 Jan 2016 8:59AM
PS - I think that woman has RSI from that ruddy phone thing.
3 Jan 2016 9:07AM
A double whammy here Moira and a very apt write up. Excellent Street Photography!
Great Mono too.

JohnSmile
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 9:28AM
still laughing...excellent
hobbo Plus
10 1.7k 4 England
3 Jan 2016 9:51AM
This is Street Photography at its very, very best......

Inspirational, and funny.

Now a serious question.....I consider the shot to have potential for Exhibition.

But, as a very keen Street Photographer.......would, you, could you, should you, did you, request a ...Model Release Form.....signed by the subject?

I stopped exhibiting my Street Photographs, for this very reason.......it is inhibiting enough to capture such a serendipity moment....but to have to chase after the lady....or any ....Street.....subject, kills the moment....I stopped exhibiting Street photographs after exhibition organisers insisted....no release....no exhibit...

Not to hijack this thread.......a subject worthy of sensible debate, I think?

Hobbo
SlowSong Plus
13 9.9k 30 England
3 Jan 2016 10:02AM
Grin Perhaps she's looking up Smelly Balls on her phone. I didn't have a clue either.
Super fun shot.
x
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
3 Jan 2016 10:19AM
Fun and intriguing photo
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 10:36AM
Thanks everyone, I'm back again and really delighted to find that John and Hobbo have added their much appreciated UAs.

Now the serious question (and I take street photography very seriously... ):


Quote:I consider the shot to have potential for Exhibition.

But, as a very keen Street Photographer.......would, you, could you, should you, did you, request a ...Model Release Form.....signed by the subject?

I stopped exhibiting my Street Photographs, for this very reason.......it is inhibiting enough to capture such a serendipity moment....but to have to chase after the lady....or any ....Street.....subject, kills the moment....I stopped exhibiting Street photographs after exhibition organisers insisted....no release....no exhibit...

Not to hijack this thread.......a subject worthy of sensible debate, I think?



In short, no I didn't speak to the lady and to the best of my knowledge she was entirely unaware of what I was doing.

This is something that is quite frequently discussed. First of all, ignoring exhibition-organisers' rules, there are both legal and ethical matters to consider.

Legally, in a UK public area (and that means effectively an adopted street and its pavements, as here. Just about anywhere else the public may have rights of access but there is always scope for limitations) you can photograph anyone so long as you don't breach public decency laws, risk creating a public disturbance or pose a quantifiable security threat.

Ethically, I assume that in a much-visited place, whether Scarborough, Newcastle city centre or Beamish Museum, I will appear in other people's pictures, including pictures that might be uploaded on the internet; so there's no reason why they shouldn't appear in mine.

For street photography as I understand it, total distance, detachment and anonymity are needed. There is another style, where people approach strangers in the street and ask to take their portrait. That's fine, it's just not what I do.

I am very wary of photographing anyone vulnerable, or in distress. I really worry about intrusive, probing photographs of beggars. Generally, I want to keep a distance and only take the picture if I think it actually says something about our society.

And then I am viewing it objectively, not as a personal portrait. I'm interested in how people relate (or don't... ) with their man-made environment, in human behaviour and foibles. Very often it's the frame that grabs me and I want to see how people act as they pass through it.

I photograph a lot of events locally and always endeavour to get parents' permission before photographing children - contrary to popular belief it is not a legal requirement, but the pictures end up on the Town Council and other organisations' websites and will be viewed locally. Similarly with pictures for local publications, and our occasional local exhibitions. It's only polite.

Model Release forms are a different matter and become relevant if you or someone else wants to use the picture for commercial purposes. I have often been struck, incidentally, by the fact that none of our local press photographers ask for permission, including from parents. And their product is sold commercially...

I'm not sure if that answers your questions. I think everyone tries to keep safe and work in a way that they feel comfortable with.
Moira
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
3 Jan 2016 10:44AM
Well observed, it's as if the balloons are smiling at her...looks like she has a great sense of humour, unless the art work is compliments of her grandkids.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 11:24AM
Loads of smelly balls at Southsea Moira.
Peter.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
3 Jan 2016 11:32AM
You have an eye for capturing the unusual and this candid shot exemplifies that opinion so well: I'd be no use at this sort of genre but do admire folk like yourself who carry it off with such aplomb and success.
R.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 12:58PM
Great Moira, I really like the connection with the faces on the smelly balls and the face on the womans arm plasterGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Cliff
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
3 Jan 2016 2:37PM
That's one or many reasons to avoid the British seaside resort Wink
If for photo opportunities, worth a go, rather like a trip to the dentist Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 2:47PM
Keith, one of the most satisfying photographic days of my life was at Great Yarmouth, which is also close to my idea of hell in holiday terms.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
3 Jan 2016 3:04PM
Seems like we're on a similar theme this weekend, Moira!! Blush Has to be the silliest Silly Sunday shot today! GrinGrin
Trev Smile
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
3 Jan 2016 4:10PM
Informativ text and easy to obey

Peter
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
3 Jan 2016 6:08PM
superbWinkWinkWink
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
3 Jan 2016 7:11PM
NO such on Aunt carrie's rock beach-----
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
3 Jan 2016 8:51PM
Superb photojournalism, Moira. Happy New Year.
Ron
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2016 9:54PM

Quote:Superb photojournalism, Moira. Happy New Year.
Ron


I agree with Ron! Grin
Isabel
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
3 Jan 2016 10:10PM
We have an equivalent in Maine called Old Orchard Beach....more spandex than brains.

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