PESO - Lakeside

ann sanfedele annsan at
Tue Nov 29 20:54:27 EST 2016

BRuce - do read Bob W's comments on thsi thread... if you are replying 
to me not having read all the other back and forths especially

It is a totally different thing take photos of anyone of any shape and 
size when they know you are photographing them...

I imagine too that the woman on the left would not be pleased as she 
looks rather unhappy... Whehter or not that particular young woman in 
the center is comfrotable in hew own skin, she is in an awkward pose, 
and she is eating , of all things, an apple... it's stuffed in her 
mouth.. bring anything to mind?Someone of her dimensions wearing tights 
is not the best fashion choice either..

I think with street photography it is better to keep more of a distance 
from your subjects - rather than the in your face weegee approach... The 

closeness of Marco to his subjects - that is, in distance, with the 
woman with the apple in the center , there would really be no point to 
taking the photo at all if you as the photographer had no opinion about 
her. It is complicated, but the photo makes me cringe, and I can't shake 

I wrote a bit about some personal stuff to Marco off list that figures 
into my gut reaction...

I'm not obese, and considering my age, I dont' think I look too awful, 
but I would not want to see a photo of myself with food in my mouth, or 
at a clumsy angle or if I were angry or sad...  unless I was on stage, 
of course!

can't help it, that's me


On 11/29/2016 3:13 PM, Bruce Walker wrote:
> Ann, from my experience taking photos of people, overweight folks are
> happy to see photos of themselves. Many -- though not all -- heavy
> people are completely accepting of their shape and like to see
> themselves in pictures as much as anyone else does.
> I don't see this photo as mean spirited at all. I just see a slice of
> life as viewed in Marco's well honed and strongly defined style. I
> don't even see any attempt to mock anyone in the image.
> I will readily admit to a thin bias. I am uncomfortable taking photos
> of overweight people because I like to flatter my subjects and by
> assuming that they would rather look lighter I have a tendency to
> attempt to thin-ize larger folks by cropping, half hiding them behind
> thinner people, using shadows, posing them in profile, and all the
> other portrait photographer's tricks. On the other hand there's the
> desire to portray the truth in street photos, so I suffer an internal
> conflict in those situations.
> On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 3:01 PM, ann sanfedele <annsan at> wrote:
>> Yes - I doubt that sadly overweight young woman would enjoy seeing this..
>> I've taken this kind of shot in the past, I'll admit..  but now I find it
>> difficult to look at... rather like facebook shaming..
>> ann
>> On 11/27/2016 2:53 PM, Marco Alpert wrote:
>>> Mean?
>>> m
>>>> On Nov 26, 2016, at 5:03 PM, ann sanfedele <annsan at> wrote:
>>>> Now that's just mean..
>>>> ann
>>>> On 11/26/2016 4:47 PM, Marco Alpert wrote:
>>>>> Comments, as always, welcomed.
>>>>> -Marco
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