Just Sitting…


Five images of people sitting, Barcelona. Some of these people are actively working, begging or just resting. It is not always obvious which.









  1. Love the pics! <3
    Hey I always had a doubt about photographers do you guys have to have their permission when you take a photo is that like MUST?

      • Hmm yeah and then if you ask them the moment is ruin and the picture won’t be the same… Maybe you could snap the picture first and after I ask him if it’s OK… I don’t know it’s just an idea

          • Yeah exactly I’ve always wondered the same thing I love taking pictures but I’m not a photographer I just enjoy doing it and a couple of times I want to take a picture of people but I didn’t know the protocol and I was too shy to ask their permission

          • It’s ok to take a picture of someone without their permission! But posting it online or publishing it in any way, consent of the person in the picture has to be given! If he/she is the ‘main object’ if someones in the background of your real ‘object’, so to speak, then permission is not required!
            According to Swedish law, anyway! Could be different depending on where you are in the world…! :D

    • To my knowledge there’s no law requiring permission to take someone’s photo. It’s just that these days we’re so paranoid about privacy, and worried about people taking photos of children in particular, that we assume there must be some general right not to be photographed.

      • There is definitely a law on requiring permission from the ‘model’ before publishing their photograph. Similar to a Model release Form i guess.
        Do read Steve Mccurrys story on the famous ‘Afghan girl’ and how he had to track her down for the same reason!

        • Laws regarding photography vary greatly by country.

          However, in the US and most of Europe (with notable exception of Hungary, which now has an absurd law that effectively bans all outside photography…) there is no restriction or requirement for a model release providing that the images are for editorial purposes.

          What this means is that you can shoot anyone where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy (such as a public street) and use the images for journalistic or artistic purposes. What you can not do is use those images in advertising to promote a product.

          You can post street images online, in a gallery, in a newspaper article or even in a book for sale. However, what you can not do without a model release is use those images as part of an advertising campaign – for example, using the images in an advertisement in a paper. This is an essential part of maintaining free journalism and social documentary.

          Advertising, however, is the complete opposite. If I want, for example, to use a photograph in an advertisement for (say) Spanish Jamon, I will need model releases for every single recognisable person and even building in the image. This is important because advertising images are almost always used out of context and so can be perceived as libellous (whereas by definition a documentary image is not).

          Steve McCurry’s tracking down of the Afgan Girl was a remarkable story – but it has absolutely nothing to do with the need for a model release. You might want to read up about this in his book “Untold – The Stories Behind the Photographs”.

          • Peace, i was just speaking from personal experience. I am a professional model for a few years now and its what i have seen around me.
            The implementation of which differs from country to country, i presume?
            As with the Steve McCurry campaign, there had been a few questions raised (once she got famous in the ad world) as to her being paid/notified of her fame ..which technically was not all just McCurry’s.

    • Hey,
      I just went on a travel journey along the western coast of India and shot some stunning visuals of the locals. (All taken with their permission and also paid them something for goodwill). Even if it takes away the moment, the character of the person and the setting (which i feel are timeless) will be ever so constant.
      Do see my work on http://www.whappeningindia.com.

  2. I love how you can just sit at the side of the pavement in Barcelona , me and my friends did it when we wear there.

  3. Reblogged this on biba55's Blog and commented:
    I also like to look to people, what they are doing/looking/sitting around and I try to imagine, which kind of personality and mind they have!
    It’s good, to be interested and to walk around with open eyes and heart!
    I like your shots!

  4. And if you permit… If you ask her to take a picture and she tells that its ok, you also need her to sign a contract because you need to prove that she was ok with this at the moment… So this really ruin the moment.

    I love your pictures !

  5. lovely photos but do find them a little upsetting …a photographer friend of mine never asks and just snaps but is veyr successful

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  7. I admire you for capturing the diversity of age and style in these people. Truly beautiful.

  8. I love it when a photographer captures “real life” as it’s happening. These photos give the viewers a real sense of Barcelona. Lovely.

  9. Reblogged this on Michele's Space and commented:
    “Five images of people sitting, Barcelona. Some of these people are actively working, begging or just resting. It is not always obvious which.” We all sit, it seems simple, but the different possible reasons behind it at any given moment are not always obvious and this series has me thinking about the preconceived notions we have about others actions.

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