There is no denying the popularity of the Olympics. Even with underperforming ratings, many of us can't get enough of the sports, talent, and emotions wrapped up in these games. But behind the images and video you see plastered on TV and social media is an increasingly invasive crowd of photographers lined up to get the shot. Many of us remember in 2012 when a
on his Segway coming dangerously close to injuring the fastest man on earth. And even now both tears of joy and extreme sadness are captured by swarms of cameras only inches from the emotional Olympians. While these beautiful and often heart wrenching images are undoubtedly a large part of what brings us closer to the action, is there a point at which too much is too much?
As we continue through these final days of the games and we see both joy and heartbreak broadcast to millions of viewers around the globe, I encourage you to reflect on this question. As a photographer myself, there are plenty of times I have to ask myself that same question. So for all you photographers and videographers out there, at what point do we stop? At what point do we let emotions play quietly for a small crowd rather than outwardly to millions across the country? At what point have we crossed the invisible line of proximity with cameras only inches away from the tears streaming down the faces of those that have lost? At what point has the flock of cameras grown so large that we jeopardize the safety of those around us? At what point is enough enough? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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