Awesome story Igor.



On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 9:24 PM, Igor PDML-StR <> wrote:
> Nice story!
> I can feel how fulfilling it was for the photographer to hear that reaction.
> Personally, I consider doing that type of photo job as a big challenge.
> The story brought up from the memory the situation I experienced several
> years ago:
> As many people here probably know, I've been photographing dancers for many
> years. Occasionally, I had people asking me not to photograph them.
> In most such cases, you wouldn't see any "obvious" concerns about how they
> looked (you know, the usual social stereotypes of bad looks: 6 arms, 40
> legs, 7 eyes, bad hair, ... ). But I respect those requests. And they are
> usually done in a very polite way.
> Once, at a relatively small outdoors dance party, about 8 years ago,
> I had a very unusual situation.
> I was taking photographs of the dancers (being just outside the perimeter of
> the dance floor). At some point two dancers were dancing together, and that
> couple that was both dancing well, and looking well (and being quite
> "photogenic" even outside of the dance floor).
> So, during the song sequence that they danced together, I was photographing
> them a bit more than others. Very suddenly in the middle of
> a song (which is a rather rare case altogether in the social dance culture
> and especially in the dance community in question), the women stopped
> dancing, turned to me, and asked to stop photographing in a rather strong
> voice. And then she went back and resumed dancing. I was surprised by such a
> reaction, but honored that request. I saw that a few other dancers were also
> puzzled by such an abrupt reaction. (It was one of the "home" dance
> communities for us, - so quite a few dancers in that community knew me.)
> A week later, I posted the gallery of photos from that dance party online,
> to my photography web site. While preparing it, I was debating with myself
> if I should include the photos of that dancer (and especially with that
> partner) that I had taken prior to the request.
> I was still feeling very puzzled if not shocked by the somewhat rude way of
> expressing that preference. Besides, the request was not about not using the
> photos but not taking them anymore, and it came close to the end of the
> dance party, not in the beginning. After long internal deliberations, I
> decided to include those photos.
> Soon after, I received a surprising e-mail from that dancer, apologizing
> for her reaction, and asking how she can buy multiple prints for 4 photos.
> At some point, she was even considering an enlargement of one photo (to a
> large size, above 8"x12", IIRC).
> She wrote:
> "It's ironic because I'm the one who snapped at you for taking my picture.
> Sorry about that.  Typically I absolutely hate having my picture taken.  But
> I had no idea these would turn out so beautiful- esp. the black and white
> one."
> (In my personal opinion, the photos were not special, - just my usual photos
> from dance events, except for the black-and-white, which
> was indeed a very interesting and rather unusual one.)
> And then, in person, at the next dance party in that community, we
> chatted, and she said: "In the future, please feel free to take photos of me
> dancing."
> It was very pleasant to hear that despite the initial strong negative
> reaction, that woman enjoyed my photos of her.
> Cheers,
> Igor
> Gonz Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:38:33 -0700 wrote:
> Nice positive article, a nice break from so much "Instagram" stuff..
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