If you’re a decent human being, you rush over to pick up the bag for the guy. If you’re a photographer, you rush over to get in position to take the shot. Human suffering is just another subject for your portfolio. In this case, I walk away realizing that the shutter speed was too slow and I blurred it. Yes, there is that instant where doing the right thing flashes through your mind – but after many years of shooting it is just that – an instant.
On the other hand, maybe it depends on your subjects. When you show the beauty that’s around you, and bring pleasure to people – you give something back. But no, showing the difficulty people have just getting through the day – that’s worthwhile as well. It’s just one of those transitory thoughts that crosses your mind sometimes when you opt for taking the picture before trying to help. It’s not a picture you’re going to make any money from unless you’re already famous for documenting human sorrow. But when you have been doing street shooting for a long time – the instinct is always to press the shutter first and worry about ethical stuff later.