If Looks Could Kill

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I take pictures of people I donโ€™t know.

Sometimes they smile, sometimes they frown. I can try to make educated guesses but in truth I never really know how they are going to respond.

I have been prowling streets for only slightly more than half a year now, but have accumulated some encounters you may find interesting.

The above is from the Foreword to a photo-essay, โ€œIf Looks Could Kill: When Strangers Notice You Taking Their Picture.โ€ Click on the title if you wish to read the 26 page pdf.


“…and I only am escaped alone, to tell thee.”

Russian mobsters?

witnessing20150127_5941 as Smart Object-1

No, worse. ย Cult fanatics of the Jehovah’s Witnesses variety.

In a calm voice I tried to explain to them how the very word ‘Jehovah’ is a mistranslation of the Tetragrammaton, a philological impossibility.

But I realized the folly of rational discourse when the younger steely-eyed enforcer reached inside his coat for an Uzi submachine gun.

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ย I ran like hell to get out of there.

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