Portrait: Photo Rehab #18

The Clinic – Photo101 Rehab is an event for everyone who loves photography, and wants join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with. All you need to bring is your passion. Just so you know, mine is to shoot portraits and street photography.

Some of you asked me if only photographers can join the Photo Rehab… Professionals, amateurs or just curious about photography, anyone is welcome. What are you waiting for? Check here how it works.

And here goes one more anonymous portrait in the streets of Amsterdam. I observed when this woman stepped out of the tram, and stopped, apparently lost in thoughts, distracted, undecided on which direction to take. That’s when I made this photo.



Olympus E-M10 45mm 3.2 1/250

Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:

This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.

As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab  reopened its doors.

You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

How to join:

Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.

Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.

Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.

Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.

Thanks for joining and enjoy it.

The Clinic – Photo Rehab 

 Here is the link to  add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:

Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well:

Angle and Views

Andy Townend 

Artistic License of Life 

Bad Fish Out of Water

Belgian Streets


Deb’s World



Giving Thought Giving Sight 

Mara Eastern 

Musings from a Frequent Flying Scientist

My Story by Teresa

My First DSLR Camera


Oosterman Treats Blog

Perspectives on

Snapshots Snippets and Scribbles 

Silver Threading 


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36 thoughts on “Portrait: Photo Rehab #18

  1. I like this portrait very much…
    One thing that is bothering me with street photography and portraits of strangers is their (lack of) permission to use their photo… I know I wouldn’t like to be on someone blog or page without knowing. I do nature photography – amateur, but this always bugs me…

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    1. Thank you.
      You made an excellent point. I think about it and struggle too, but isn’t that what street photography is? Spontaneous shots?
      People mostly see me doing it, and so far only once a person asked me not to do so, whilst I wasn’t even shooting but testing a new lens.
      I have been asked recently by another to shoot him while I was capturing something else. You can check here. Can You Trust a Stranger? | lucile de godoy
      The ones that are most uncomfortable to make, and which fit well with your valid concern, is up and close, like this. I was 1 meter from her, directing the camera to her, and she just looked at me and turned her head away again.
      Thank you so much for your comment. I highly appreciated it and will think longer about that. I feel bad about my behavior.
      I’m an amateur, by the way.

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      1. Oh… I didn’t want you to feel bad… 😦
        I just have this concern… I prefer taking shots of nature and animals, but if I was taking photos of people like many many photographers do (pro and amateur) this would be the thing that would bug me… I think I would go up to that person after and ask them for permission to use it on my page 😀 I probably would lose some of my photos in this process but i don’t know, I would be certain no one will find themselves and sue me XD


        1. Don’t worry. Not your fault. You triggered a reflection and am grateful you did.
          I don’t want to be hypocritical.
          I’m very private and rarely publish personal photos on social media.
          Street photography didn’t strike me as abusive, because it’s not what photographers and amateurs understand of it. It’s the way it’s done. I didn’t question it.
          Putting this in light with my beliefs on privacy that’s what made feel bad.
          I’m going to continue shooting street photography. It’s impossible to exclude people is street scenes.
          However, I will ask for permission if I get anyone up and close when doing portraits.
          Again. Many thanks.
          PS. Do you live in the US? I understand your concerns about being sued!

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          1. Hehe I don’t live in the US, I am in Croatia (Europe) but I think globally (lol) 😀

            I remember today, I was thinking about our convo… You know that magazines and newspapers and online media who photograph people on their rubric “how they look” “what’s in” “well dressed people” etc etc. They don’t ask them for a permission…

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  2. I have asked this exact same question of other street photographers I follow and received the same as what you said, Lucile. One has said sometimes his guts tells him to put down the camera and move on. Another had the same wonderful experience you had with your ‘trust a stranger’ post. And isn’t that the best kind of encounter? I think your response was right on; if they don’t object, I don’t think you are doing any harm. My humble, unprofessional opinion. And this photo is fabulous, by the way.

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  3. Wonderful photo. I’ve read much on the issue of taking photos of others on the street without their permission. And there is much written about it. The general consensus, and legality, seems to be that if you are in a public place, there is no need for permission. I have developed my own rule of no permission asked if I’m in public and I’m using zoom at a distance; if I’m in their face I always ask if it’s ok. If I’m told no, then I respect that and move on.


    1. Thank you so much for this information, Angeline. I wish I had read your comment earlier as it would have saved me from being overly concerned.
      Thanks also for sharing the way you do. Appreciated.


  4. A great shot. I think if you are being invasive and in their personal space or they make it obvious they don’t like it and you still put them up somewhere that is wrong, but other than that, its fair game, excuse the phrasing of probably bad terminology but thats the only way I could think of it. I had this at Harrods, I asked to photograph the chap, he said yes and I even told him where I was putting it. Meanwhile I moved on and there was the woman by the chocolate strawberries, I started just randomly snapping the area, then i asked her if i could photograph her because she was so beautiful and striking, no i didnt use that reason, however she said no and was obviously shy and moved out of the way. When I got home I found that I had actually by mistake taken a great shot of her and was a yippe and a yay wanting to post it, but then felt bad and decided to honour her wishes even though she would probably never know x

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    1. I think so. It needs to be fair.
      What you did is the right thing.
      I’ll be more careful next time.
      Yesterday I went to a suburb of Amsterdam with my husband, to shoot graffiti at the street art project.
      Very interesting work done there by some artists to renew a poor neighborhood.
      While there an old man asked me to photograph him so that he could get a fiancée via the Internet. Everyone laughed. I will post his photo another day.

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  5. This is very raw and well executed Lucile (as usual)! You are very talented.
    I hope you don’t mind that I have used my weekly photo challenge post for the clinic as I need some feedback as to whether I am on the right track. I immediately thought of all the wonderful photo rehab members and knew they’d give me some encouragement 🙂 http://wp.me/p2juKh-Ni

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    1. Grateful and overwhelmed. Thanks Debbie.
      Of course you can combine the posts. I do the same sometimes.
      We have to grab all opportunities for feedback. Well done in both counts, as your photo is stunning.
      Suggestion: why don’t you also try a macro of the sunflower when it opens? Curious?

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  6. I loved your photo and the discussion in the comments! It’s something that I have thought and worried about, too. I think I have to do what I’m most comfy with but I also want to get better at photographing people out and about.


      1. Yes, that’s a very good point. The more enjoyment I have, the better. And funnily enough for me, if I’m also frustrated because I’m not getting what I want in my mind’s eye, that’s also satisfying. I’m persistant and it’s such a great feeling to accomplish something tough.


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