I like to take walks during my lunch hour at work. It provides a nice and needed break in the middle of the day, as well as opportunities to take pictures. So, lately, I’ve been carrying my camera with me when I walk. The lens cap is on, the strap is around my neck, and I’m holding the camera with one of my hands so it doesn’t bounce when I’m moving.
What I’ve noticed is that people act differently when they see you with a camera. Normally, when I see someone approaching, I like to smile and say “Hi”. Most of the time people respond back with a greeting or a smile, or both. However, when I have the camera with me, I’ve noticed that people have a tendency to look away. To me, this is extremely intriguing since I clearly have the lens cap on. But, it makes me question why?
I’ve known a number of people that freeze up whenever they are in front of the camera. This is somewhat understandable, since some people don’t like their picture taken. Maybe that also carries over to even being in the presence of a camera. What do you think?