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Comment author: Dojan 13 December 2011 03:04:26AM 1 point [-]

It is widely said that some primitive tribe or other once feared that photographs could steal their souls.

My dad is a photographer, but he has a strange avertion to being photographed, and use to describe how when he was little he thought that a camera must somehow capture some small part of him to stick in the photo, and he didnt like the thought of that, and that feeling never really left...

Comment author: CCC 16 October 2012 10:03:39AM 2 points [-]

My dad is a photographer, but he has a strange avertion to being photographed

That actually makes a lot of sense. Someone with such an aversion, living in a society where such an aversion is rare and knowing that the aversion is not rational, would naturally gravitate towards being a photographer; the easiest socially acceptable way to avoid being photographed is to be the one holding the camera.