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Navan Camera Club Street Photography Workshop

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Street Photography workshop in Navan Camera Club. this particular workshop was hosted by club member Hayden Hammerton it was then followed up by a discussion a few days later by Irish Street Photographer Des Byrne.

Street photography at its heart means candid photography of life as it occurs A street photograph has needs to be unposed moment. However a person does not have to be in a photo for it to be considered a street photograph. Trying to define street photography difficult, you can’t fully describe it, but you know it when you see it. It is a way of connecting with the world and bringing back the moments that stand out.

Is it ethical to photograph strangers in public without their permission? That depends on how you feel. Also always look up your local laws regarding street photography, as I am not a lawyer. In Ireland it is legal, there are moral/ethical dilemmas regarding photographing children, vulnerable or homeless people etc.  for me personally if a picture conveys a story then as a photographer I should endeavour to capture that fleeting moment. However I am personally always mindful of those less fortunate or vulnerable. I won’t for example make a photo of a homeless person that identifies that individual, likewise if I see a scene with a child I may very well make the photograph but may at a later time decide not to use it.  If approached and asked to delete a photo where possible I oblige.  No photograph is worth an incident.

My love of street photography stems from my personality, I am an introvert by nature so to stand outside a moment and capture it in a photo without being a party to that moment suits me. Add to this I find it fascinating to capture unguarded, honest and candid moments of life. Simple thinks like two people enjoying a coffee reminds me that too often we don’t take the time to sit, wait and enjoy life.

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Adrian Marciniak

Earlier this week the members of Breffni Camera Club had the pleasure of witnessing a fantastic demo by Adrian Marciniak aka @Flow4Show.

I’ll admit these are not the easiest photos I’ve ever made but think the subject matter more than make up for that.

Adrian is available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, or just some plain old fun. give him a call and check out some of his talented work at

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Consent is a word that is on everyone’s lips these days. From Educators teaching kids about healthy relationships to Lawyers arguing in court.  But how does consent fit in photography? Obviously it goes without saying that one must always act in the most professional and respectful way to your model. Just because they are posing for you does not mean they are there for anything else.


But is that all? Should a photographer be able to adjust the hair of a model? Their clothing etc.? Last year I attended a workshop carried out by Podge Kelly  and one thing that struck me was when he said he never adjusts his model without their permission.  He will ask is it ok if he makes some adjustment?   Then I read an article about a fetish festival held in a public park.  A large number of participants had stickers saying “ask for consent” the intention being if a photographer wants to make a photo of them then the subject should be asked for consent.  The logic and reasoning being that these people may not want what they consider private made public. Similarly I have read a recent post by my friend Julie Corcoran whereby she was discussing consent at Dublin’s Comic Con. Again the topic was that one should ask the permission of the Cos Players before making their photo.


While I can understand the logic of all three of these positions I have to wonder how does all this fit with Street Photography does. The essence of which in the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson; who is considered a master of candid photography, is as capturing a decisive moment. How can a street photographer capture that “decisive moment” if they must ask for consent.  Isn’t that moment now lost? Isn’t the candidness of the image gone? Personally I think it is.  Legally no one has the right to privacy when in a public place. As a Street Photographer I am entitled should I wish to make their photo.  But should I? This is where the morals of the photographer comes in to question. As can be seen form my gallery below I am always making photos without consent.  For me the moment is lost should I ask.  But as can be seen I’m no stranger to just walking straight up and asking if I can make a portrait. As an introvert this style of candid street photography suits me.  The simple act of walking up to a stranger and asking can be terrifying. Yet also liberating as for the most part they always smile and agree, they ask questions and both the subject and myself have both gained from the experience. I have only had one person steadfastly refuse.


So Consent? Should we as photographers ask? The answer quite simply is “it depends”.