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tam
Somewhere over the rainbow.

Bio: Taking life one hot chocolate at a time and when disaster strikes, one fake smile at a time. That is how I roll, no rainbows or butterflies here... only food, quirk, randomness and pictures.

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      1. Loved reading it. Great piece. Please blog it seperately too(without challenge specifications). Insha Allah will post it on fb (in that case)

  1. Hello. It’s very nice to have “met” you. I’m wondering if I could ask you a question because you are the only one I think I can, as I do not know anyone else who is a muslim and a photographer… As you know, I recently did some street photography in Dubai. This included some snaps of women in traditional islamic dress. They are perfectly decent shots in that I’m trying to capture what street photographers do… I’d like to post them but I’m hesitant (moreso than usual) because I’m not sure if that would be crossing the line beyond what street photography is like in the culture(s) that I’m familiar with, especially with regard to the islamic dress code and social mores. These are somewhat close-up shots where the woman is covered entirely in black except for her face. Apart from the normal discussion on photographer vs. subject rights in a public domain, what do you think from a muslim perspective? Sorry for my ignorance. Plainly, I’d just like to know your opinion. Thank you for your time, no rush to answer; it would be appreciated. Regards.

    1. I am a photographer wannabe not an actual one😅. Still, one day eh? As for your question, honestly it is difficult to say. If this was Saudi we were talking about, it would be a straight don’t do it. UAE is more relaxed. Just like with everyone though, some hijabis (women wearing hijab; headscarves) are ok for their photos to be up others are really not. If you took a photo of one of them without her scarf on for instance (which I am sure you haven’t), then we are in real trouble 😂 To err on the side of caution I would personally stick to photos where they are not the main focus in the image or there is more than one of them. Or put a message saying you are happy to take them down should anyone object to their pic being on there. This is just my opinion, probably wasn’t helpful but there is no “right” answer I feel. I salute you for holding onto them out of respect before clarifying what you should do, as a muslim woman; thank you!

      1. Thanks for pointing all those things out. I especially like the criterion of whether the hijabi is alone/the point of focus—that’s a good one to base a decision on. That means I have one pic (as opposed to several) perhaps I can post. Possibly. 😅
        … The beauty of street photography is that the photographer is almost always shooting from a humane or empathetic perspective—this is sometimes mistaken for exploitation. The typical street photographer merely strives to capture and celebrate a part of the human experience, from the banal to the sublime, from the ‘normal’ to the quirky, etc. From this perspective, taking street shots is a rewarding life and learning experience, as one can broaden horizons and see just a bit more into the human soul. But you’ve helped clarify the boundaries here in this situation. Many thanks.

      2. Glad to have helped. Street photography is my favourite! I love it but it makes me feel so guilty as obviously people are involved. I like your analogy of the humane vs. exploitation perspectives. Makes me feel less guilty. Ultimately asking the subject or making sure they know you are photographing them is how I can sleep at night. In muslim countries photos of men are always safer to take lol

      3. I understand. It has always been an inner battle for me to take candid pictures of people but I’ve come to balance it with the perspective I tried pointing out. However, it’s really tough to do in developing countries. Last year I was in Kathmandu (two months before the earthqueake) and took heaps of street pictures but after a while I felt enormously guilty, and sad. Crushed, in fact. The poverty juxtaposed with the kindness of people was so sobering. Who was I, so fortunate in my own world, to be taking pics of people? What a struggle. I had to stop shooting, and have yet to post any pictures of what I did shoot. And then I felt devastated after the earthquake wondering if some of the photos I had taken were perhaps some of the last of these kind, joyous, but somewhat unfortunate people … It’s a huge debate in the world of street photography but ultimately the general feeling is that if you feel guilty then you’re not doing it right… Wow, eh! So much to learn. Yes, you are right in implying that getting the subject’s consent is the best way to go. And yet… somehow that would defeat the purpose. This is enormously interesting on many grounds. Respect.

      4. Are you familiar with the work of Vivian Myer by any chance? A blogger compared my photos to her work and I wanted to cry with joy she was amazing 😅

  2. Hi Tam. How are you? Well? So I have seen some of Vivian Maier’s work–very interesting stuff.

    By the way I am compiling a selection of inspiring photographs for a blog post. The aim is only to share some great pictures from blogs that I follow. I’d like to include one of yours (the one from Assignment 4:Playing with light). I will provide full attribution and links both to your HP and the post. You won’t mind will you? Cheers.

    1. Hey! Very well thank you, I hope you are too 😊 I am glad you found Vivian’s work interesting. I would be honoured! Thank you; go for it ☺

  3. Hellooo. You have a new follower. :3 Been enjoying your blog thus far. I really love hot chocolate too, btw. I love the Tim Hortons one. I’m still trying to figure out how to make a stellar one at home.

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