Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding? Camouflage? Hmm….. I was initially stumped by Cee’s Black&White Photo Challenge this week.

For some reason the phrase “hiding in plain sight” kept coming into my mind . Then I thought of the heavy stage make-up make up worn by performers to hide their own features and obscure their real personas.

I’ve chosen three images of street performers who want to be noticed but who have slapped on their greasepaint disguise to enjoy the roar of the crowd.

 

street performer

White Face under Fez ©HelenBushe

 

Flower Girl

Flower Girl ©HelenBushe 

black hat performer

The Whites of the Eyes ©HelenBushe

11 thoughts on “Hiding in Plain Sight

  • Great photos! And I was just going to ask you the same question as Georgie did. So we are very anxious to know how you do it. In my case because I am still learning the art of street photography and always feel embarrassed when people trap me with my camera.

    • Hi Marga, Thanks for your encouragement. Same answer as to Georgie:
      I’m finding that I’m not as bold or confident at photographing strangers as I used to be (maybe because I can’t run away as fast!). I think people are becoming more sensitive about it too in Uk anyway. Its easier to do sneaky zoom shots or performers who want to be seen. its also good to go to a busy event when loads of people have cameras and everyone is busy watching the “show”.

  • Stunning photos. Fits the theme perfectly! Can I ask you about photographing people in the street? Do you ask them first, or just snap away? I suppose it’s different with performers, they expect to be photographed. I often think I would like to take photos of old Greek men sitting in cafes, but I’m too shy to ask them. I’ve got a few good photos taken without them knowing, though.

    • Hi Georgie, Thanks for your appreciation. I’m finding that I’m not as bold or confident at photographing strangers as I used to be (maybe because I can’t run away as fast!). I think people are becoming more sensitive about it too in Uk anyway. Its easier to do sneaky zoom shots or performers who want to be seen. its also good to go to a busy event when loads of people have cameras and everyone is busy watching the “show”.

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