I read this column in last Sunday's paper with interest.
When I first started my blog in April 2011, I was uncomfortable taking photographs in public. I went about it very surreptitiously. Almost embarrassed to be doing it. Kind of like the first time you make up your mind to wear bright red lipstick. I felt like an imposter.
Those days are mostly long gone. My camera is now my friend. We like to go out together in public. When I see something that makes me go "oh", I tell my camera and together we decide on a good angle. I am very respectful of the object of my lens and never make a fuss about snapping a shot. Sometimes I will ask before taking a photo; if I get an inclination that I should. I have very seldom been told no.
Be it good or be it bad, the bottom line is we live in a social media world. I have always thought that you should not have the expectation of privacy if you are hanging out in a public venue. I guess I can understand if someone thinks maybe you are going to use their picture inappropriately, and for sure I understand parents who might not want their kids picture taken for that reason as well. What do you think? Discuss amongst yourselves and get back to me on that one.