A Mild Case of Pedophilia


On Broadway in Albany, there’s this perfect spot for photos in front of our Capital Building. It’s down hill from the building, but the angle of the street is so perfect to frame a person and the building. The building sits so perfectly atop the hill it’s almost picturesque, as if maybe someone planned it. People seem infatuated with getting their photos right, when in reality you can’t take a bad photo. I love watching them pose in front of it or standing there trying to frame the angles of light, capturing space-time, before they lose the moment.

It’s the perfect spot for a photo or for other occurrences that are even more profound and life-altering. On this day, two women with four of their children framed their perfect photo. They shoved their children together in front of the Capital Building, until a nice fella walked up and asked if he could take a photo. Note: he didn’t say, “can I help?” He asked to take a photo. The women said ‘sure’ and even thanked the man, who then proceeded to snap photos of their kids… Anyway, the women stood horrified, watching as the man snapped a few photos of their kids and then politely thanked them. After that, he was gone… like a demon’s whisper. I held back laughter, as I also felt the more plausible disgust, so I went with that. The man walked out of sight, out of mind. People came up to the women and asked if that guy just did… what he did. It was all a memory by now, as the women gathered their children and walked off. They never did get their photo…

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18 thoughts on “A Mild Case of Pedophilia

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  2. well sadly – there are some creepy, sinister folks out there – and who knows what folks do – but I wonder about the ethics of this for some street photographers- I am not judging either (like you) but when it comes to kids there are some pervs out there.

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  3. Hm – I take photos of children all the time – playing, laughing, joking, being happy, for the essence of the moment, not for any sinister reason. I’d think if someone walks up and asks to take a photo that would be less odd wouldn’t it? Perhaps we view things differently in Europe?

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  4. We have identical twins and are regularly asked. Every single time, I politely say no. Working in cyberspace, I am all too aware of what can happen with photos. Once they’re out of your control, they’re gone but never removable or recoverable. 99.9% of motives are likely honest but that small percentage remains in an age where exponential damage can be done with a mouse click.

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  5. To many years of working with the Internet and learning: Beware of photos, print or digital, of yourself and/or your loved-ones. (I’ve NEVER understood how people can post photos of their kids, and especially their kids in front of their homes, on the likes of Facebook – to which I am vehemently opposed because of personal, treacherously negative experiences with that “caliber” of low-life. Why not simply include name, address, telephone number and “MSRP” on your child and property, and hours when you’ll be there and away?)
    This ain’t your “Candid Camera” of the 1950-1960’s.
    (Yes, I watched when the shows were “new”… Proudly old, proudly skeptical, proudly cynical, proudly safe.)

    PS: LUV your take on the matter and that’s a beautiful photo of down-town. I remember lunching on the steps of the capital building – mostly during the Spring-to-early-Autumn days.

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