Replying to comment by Em Davidson on Is Street Photography Actually That Dangerous?.

Em Davidson

I’ve never had any aggression from subjects at all – if they indicate they don’t want their photo taken I just lower the camera, smile, and move on, but I have been hit by someone who thought it funny to ‘nudge’ me as I took a photo of people reacting to a team scoring.

Being drunk he misjudged badly and effectively elbow slammed me through the group of women in front of me – The people i got banged into were pretty relaxed about it thankfully.

I do think that some people who get hassled do ask for it though – You can still be polite even when not asking permission. Photographing someone after they ask you not to for instance is asking to be hassled.

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