day 38: playing in the rain
I was on the way to the airport to meet Ezequiel when I realised that I left my umbrella at home. It was raining quite a bit and I was walking with my camera. There was not much I could do apart from getting a bit wet if I wanted to take pictures. At the same time I was a bit worried that my camera might get too wet. I was wondering whether I should put it in my bag to keep it dry. A few blocks from here I was glad that I didn’t put it away since I saw some kids playing with their umbrellas. I took a few pictures and one of them turned out just great.
When I walked on I passed the adults who you can see in the background of the picture and they asked me whether I had taken pictures of them. I told them that I took a picture of the kids. Immediately the woman in the group asked briskly: “Why?!” and I said “Well, because they were having fun!” The woman looked at me strangely and said “Normally you have to ask the parents first if you want to take pictures of their kids …”. In fact, in Germany this is true and it’s not only the case for children, but for taking pictures of anyone, really. Most people don’t know this though. You have to even ask *before* you take the picture and the same goes for publication of these images. I only asked the father of the children whether I can keep the picture. However, this is also a grey area since I’m not publishing the pictures in Germany and additionally the internet is a very vast space. People from around here are not likely to find their picture here on this blog.
As you can see, candid street photography is technically impossible in Germany. I will not let this stop me though, since art has to remain free. I go with the option of a disclaimer here: If you find your picture on this blog and you don’t want this, drop me a line and I will remove it immediately.
Grundgesetz – Artikel 5
(3) Kunst und Wissenschaft, Forschung und Lehre sind frei.
German basic law – article 5
(3) Art and science, research and teaching are free.