Within the realm of photography as a form of artistic expression there are many sub-genres. When at a festival I generally apply a street photography approach to my images. The concept that the most important depiction of history is that which leaves the scene unaltered by the artist is one that greatly influences the aesthetic of my work. That being said, sometimes a moral grey zone gets caught in the crossfire. I use the term ‘moral’ instead of ‘legal’ here as, in this case, the legalities of taking photographs in public spaces are crystal clear.
I only photograph what I find beautiful and intriguing as a way to connect with my fellow human beings and to pull as much as I can from the human experience while I am on this planet. I try to be as respectful as I can but on a crowded street the decision to take a photo or not is made within seconds and I am not always able to properly “read the scene”. In this case, the use of film over digital comes at a huge disadvantage to diffuse a hostile situation as I am not able to simply delete an image and instead am left with an important decision: Protect the undeveloped negatives and escalate the situation further, or sacrifice a whole roll of work to destroy one image as a courtesy to a stranger. A tricky situation indeed. The last thing I want to accomplish in this project is make people upset, but on the other hand I will ALWAYS protect my negatives.
Alors, à la mademoiselle avec le parapluie que j’ai photographié sur la rue Mont-Royal aujourd’hui, voici ma photo de vous. Bonne journée.