On my morning walk two days ago, I spotted these two bicycles sitting alone near the bottom of a bridge.

At first, I thought there were likely a couple of kids fishing nearby and if there were, I hoped to get permission to take a few photos of them fishing, and of their bikes.

As I descended to take a closer look, there was nobody in sight, so then I started to wonder if the bikes had been stolen and ditched there.

My intent was to snap a photo and post it on our local lost and found Facebook page.

As I snapped the photo, I was startled by a woman coming up from under the bridge to the right. She angrily asked, “What are you doing?” I replied that I was just taking a photo of the bikes. Still obviously angry, she said, “ I don’t like you taking a picture of my bike!” I apologized and offered to delete the photo. I said she could come to witness me deleting it from both my camera roll and from the deleted files on my phone.

As she started coming towards me, the gentleman she was with also came out from under the bridge and stopped her. He said, “Never mind, she’s obviously an artist” (indicating me)

I told them that I was indeed an artist and loved taking photos of scenes that tell a story. The last part of the statement is true, so I didn’t feel too guilty.

I must say, I was more than a bit nervous for a few minutes. I learned a valuable lesson about checking my surroundings closely, and if anyone is around, to ask permission before taking photos of personal property.

The original was a colour photo. Because of the age of the bikes, the black and white rendering seemed appropriate.

“Consent is at once a simple and complex issue. If you are unsure about whether you have a person’s consent, it’s better to make sure you do rather than risk it.”

Kayleigh Alexandra