Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by another video of mine!

Today’s topic was a slightly heavier one. The discussion is about the ethics of photography and filming as tourists.

As I talk about in the video, what sparked my thoughts on this was my trip to Busan last month (keep an eye out on my page–will post a video about the trip very soon!!). Specific areas that made me think about this were photo-taking at a statue of a comfort woman, and filming in Busan’s Gamcheon Cultural Village.

I of course should say: I am by no means the relic on proper ethical behavior. I do not believe that I any more morally-enlightened than anyone else. Rather, I am vocalizing my thoughts on a behavior that I myself caught myself doing, and am trying to start dialogue around it.

I think it is something that we outsiders who enter new places should be asking ourselves: are we being respectful of the locals? Do we really need to take a photo of this? Are we making any effort to appreciate things for more than just their aesthetic value? It’s easy to get excited about seeing something new and wanting to document it, but if it is at the expense of the comfort and respect of the local population, is it something we should be doing?

Do you have any thoughts about this? Am I viewing it through the wrong lens? Have you had similar experiences? Let me know!!

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