Guilt and shame when capturing reality
Excellent piece, Neill. Another pitfall of posting/publishing images is that, photographs being photographs people will interpret their meaning subjectively and the comments they leave consolidate and condemn through the power of words and the power of polarisation inherent in social media. I prefer to avoid this and delete certain shots I have uploaded. But of course this is a futile exercise since the effect has already happened. So one lives with the guilt.
You also touch on another current concern. Each time I set out onto the busier streets I notice more and more people doing the same thing. Most are in doorways/static positions with telephoto lenses. I believe this will only inevitably increase until it is noticed and (further) restrictions will ensue on what is lawful. Meanwhile those of us with conscience may have to decide whether what we are doing is tenable.