Been meaning to post this up for quite some time to see what everyone here thinks of my observations.
So last year the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission for those unfamiliar) launched an anti harassment campaign entitled "This Is Where..." Essentially putting stickers and posters in various locations on their vehicles denouncing an act of harassment in the exact vicinity of the sticker or poster.
The messages address various incidents from sexual harassment to racism. I do find though that the overbearing tone is that of sexual harassment against women.
You can read more about it here
Overall I think that it's an interesting campaign and overall I do support it's message. Except when I ran into this sticker.
With the entire campaign seemingly calling out bigots or sexual offenders on the subway it feels a little strange to be lumped in to that category if you are on the TTC and photograph someone. I know there are many people who photograph on transit systems and those that I know personally are far from sexual deviants. Generally I don't find modern images on public transit very exciting or appealing so I don't really shoot it anyways but there are still great opportunities every now and then to get some interesting and nice shots.
The TTC also alongside this campaign has posters with sketches and drawings of riders by riders on the TTC. So apparently it's ok to draw someone without their consent, but not ok to take a picture of them even though the end result could be in a similar light.
What do you guys think? Do you think that street photographers are being demonized by being associated with other serious levels of harassment? Would it be something that would deter you from taking images on public transit? How would you feel if someone got triggered from you taking an image and confronted you as a sexual offender?