street photography: the capture of real moments (candid) of everyday human life within public, man-made environments.
this is a genre of photography i had been wanting to try for a long time, but the idea of it felt quite intimidating. firstly, by definition a street photograph necessitates capture without the subject's prior permission, because it is their candid (not posed) activity within the environment that is the subject. this raises the possibility of conflict, as some people simply do not like having their photo taken, especially if unprepared and not posing to look what the perceive as their best (understandably so). the law regarding street photography in the uk is pretty clear. i will briefly discuss the uk law below, but just to be clear, there are differences between what the law states (which highly favours the photographer) and how i conduct myself and what my own personal code of ethics are (which actually heavily favours the subject): i do not exercise or quote these laws defensively in order to get the photos i want at any cost. if i am asked by any subject to delete a photo i will delete it, even though by law i have no obligation to do so, simply because i do not want to upset anyone.
the law regarding street photography (uk): if in a public space anyone is entitled to take photographs of whatever they please. neither the subject(s) of the photograph nor even the police have any power to stop you. they cannot demand to see the photographs you've taken nor demand that you delete them, unless you are causing harassment or they have reasonable suspicion that a crime is or has been committed. taking photographs in a public space, no matter what the subject, is not a crime.