So on friday afternoon I had a rather strange thing happen to me. It was a gorgeous spring day, around 80 degrees F and sunny, which for this city is *incredible* considering spring is usually grey and rainy. We went into the city for the day to see friends, attend Jummah and basically hang out in the city (alhamdullah we are moving back in June…dh and I are NOT “Burbs” types at all).
I was dressed exactly like the Turkish woman in the above picture, same exact overhead overgarment and all except for a cream floral shaylah wrapped under the overhead. Nothing too “exotic” or off the hook. LOL
Anywho, the day went wonderfully and then I had to run into the public library to get a few items I had ordered a few days ago and my husband took our son and walked to the garage to get our car. I guess they walked there in a very slow meander because after I came out of the Library I waited for almost 15 minutes for them to come and get me.
So, I’m standing there, admiring the flowers and trees that were blooming all around me when I notice out of the corner of my eye this East Asian man with a large Nikon around his neck snapping pictures here and there of the scenery. As Ive mentioned before, I’m ghetto…I notice EVERYTHING going on around me, even if I dont overtly look like I’m noticing it, I am. Its both a blessing and a curse. Anyway I get hyper aware when someone has a camera out in my vicinity and I turned around to see what exactly he was doing when I saw him raise his Nikon towards me! I immedietly turned around with my back to him and was like, he better NOT take a picture of me. So then a few seconds later he came over to me and asked if he could take my picture. Obviously I said No way but was still kind of freaked out by the whole thing and hoped he hadnt done some sneaky snap anyway.
So yes I get paranoid around cameras…I think this is a rational considering how common place covert picture taking has become and how its generally done without the subject even knowing that it is occuring. Yes I know shops and streets have cameras…those I dont mind as they generally are for public safety or to prevent theft…but for someone to take a covert picture of someone without their permission is seriously wrong. With how common place cell phone cameras are now adays this is definitely a cause for concern and its no less wonderful for someone with a Nikon to be taking an unauthorized picture. The only difference is its hard to miss someone aiming their Nikon at you. LOL
Has this ever happened to any of you and what did you do?