(In the video above, I share a story of a recent confrontation I had in Toronto (that got physical) and how I defused the situation.)
Edit: In the video I previously mentioned an issue regarding street photography in Vancouver. I actually meant to say Quebec. Read all about the canadian street photography laws here.
Confrontations rarely occur in street photography. As long as you smile and say “thank you” after taking photos of people, 95% of people smile and say “thank you” back or just ignore you.
However 5% of the time, people typically will react in a negative manner. It is usually one of these below (I will add rough estimates in my experience):
- Ask what you are doing: 90%
- Ask you to delete the photo 9.95%
- Lunge at you: .05% (This has happened only once to me by an old man in Paris. This rarely (if ever) happens).
- Explain what you are doing (don’t hide anything)
- Offer to show them the LCD of the photo
- Speak calmly and relaxed
- Offer to email the person the photo
- Decide whether you want to delete the photo or not
- If you don’t wish to delete the photo, offer to wait for the cops to come