As a photographer, I have mixed feelings about this. And as a human, have completely separate feelings.
As a photographer, I think we should show respect to other people and try to help the bad name we have given ourselves of late. As a matter of fact, it seems like on every TV show lately, the serial killer turns out to be a photographer.
But as a person…
I keep hitting a wall with this thought, but it has always been my belief that once you walk out into public (notice the word), you are no longer, by definition private. Expecting privacy in public is, to me, a contradiction in terms.
I also have a problem with the growing trend of the last decade or so since social media has begun to shape our lives that many people have begun to claim ‘rights’ that don’t actually exist.
Right to privacy? I don’t know what that means. There is something on the order of 650 Billion images on the internet, most with people. I think the idea of privacy is changing and expecting it as a right, if that right ever existed, is changing along with it.
Having said all that, if I take someone's picture on the street and they show the slightest discomfort or anger, I will always happily delete it. I outgrew the idea many years ago that any single image of mine is worth much of anything. I hope my body of work speaks for itself, but one image? Not so much.