Familiarity

Today’s Daily Post prompt gave me pause:

We often capture strangers in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person.

I opened. I searched. I scrolled through the 832 photos I have taken and kept since I got this phone nearly two years ago.

I don’t take pictures of strangers.

Is that odd? I never considered it before this prompt.

I take pictures at home, inside and outside. I take pictures at the park, in the car, and at the mall. I take pictures while hiking, while shopping, and while waiting.

But I don’t take pictures of strangers.

What does it say about me that I don’t take pictures of strangers?

Have I become so sensitive to avoiding conflict that I unconsciously avoid that are you taking a picture of me accusation?

Am I so self-centered that I don’t want to share my memories with strangers?

Do I choose my pictures to focus on my focus without the distraction of an unnecessary element?

I don’t know. I’ve never thought about it.

Do you include strangers in your pictures?


6 Comments on “Familiarity”

  1. ywwp says:

    nice! i felt photo should also exist here. but anyways it good

  2. bookmole says:

    Not many, I must admit. But I found two in the first album I looked at. Then I looked at holiday photos, and there are lots of strangers in those. I guess when everyone is at the beach or the zoo the camera does not stand out in the same way.

    • April says:

      True, but then, I don’t take pictures when we’re at the beach or the zoo or something along those lines. I think I just still haven’t gotten used to having a camera with me nearly all the time. I’m such a waste of smartphone.

      • bookmole says:

        My smartphone does not take such good photos. BUT having the stupid thing helps me ‘forget’ my decent camera. Moving to a more photogenic area soon, so must get back into the habit!

  3. susieshy45 says:

    It often happens to me. I am not a smart photographer at all. I don’t often wait for people to pass by to click. I just click on a whim. Not that its a good idea. Many a time people don’t know that they have come into someone else’s picture.
    Many detective stories were solved this way, if you remember.


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