I had my first experience being filmed by strangers while hooping this weekend and I don’t know how I feel about it. I was at a convention and took a break to go outside and flow for a bit as relaxation. I kept having strangers walk up who didn’t engage me in conversation but they would whip out their cell phones, film for a while and then leave. I know hooping in a public space means I can’t control that from happening but it was really jarring to go from just messing around to feeling like I needed to perform because it was being captured on film.
Has this happened to anyone else. Does it change your hooping session? How do you feel about it?
I can relate to this. Some days I can shrug it off but just recently I started feeling very protective of my practice time. I had someone film me from his car when I was alone in a park... I stopped hooping and walked right up to him to introduce myself. He turned ten shades of red and got super uncomfortable but it felt right to me. When people are just onlookers it's different but the secret phone camera thing feels exploitative. Since then I haven't had the urge to hoop in public unless I'm mentally prepared for "performance" mode, and when I'm in that mode I just make sure to make eye contact and smile big for the camera so they can't get away with being sneaky. It's a skill to be able to ignore it completely and flow, I haven't really mastered it yet!
This has happened to me a lot. I really don't mind, I am flattered that they think I am worth recording. But it does sometimes psyche me out a little bit to know that there is a camera on me. In the best case scenario I'd be way too into my hoop to notice -- they'd probably get a better video that way and we'll all be happier :)
I should also note that this has mostly happened to me at festivals or outdoor shows which are very public and definitely a place I would expect to be watched and maybe recorded. If I was alone in a quiet park or something I would probably be more uncomfortable with the filming.
I found this video a stranger took of me recently, I sorta love the commentary...
I didn't think of music festivals... those are all good to me, cause it feels like my natural habitat ha ha. The video made me laugh, not often we get to hear people's reactions quite like that!
Hahaha, the commentary is hilarious! "I'm filming her because I feel like this is something I should film." Totally awesome.
oh the commentary. LOL... "maybe he's used to it" if that was your boyfriend, i'm sure that's exactly what it is. haha i find my boyfriend barely pays attention when i hoop cuz i do it so much... :P
Haha the commentary is awesome.
You look great!
this is a gem! my husband is so used to my hooping too LOL !
great moves btw! loving your style! keep hooping :)
we have a weekly spin jam with a bit of a camera problem too. Ostensibly, you must ask before filming people, but there's a lot of folks who are, like: "oh, i'm a film whore, don't ask, just shoot". And the problem is, other fold see them getting filmed without permission and thing that they don't need to ask (anyone) either.
I'm starting to thing that in order to get a protected practice space, i'll have to eliminate filming entirely. The down side to that is that a video of you practice can be one of the best learning tools around.
I feel like if I went to a spin event where it was either posted or communicated that photography and cameras would be allowed I would be comfortable with that happening. Also, at an event like that I feel like you are more likely to be filmed by people who share an interest in in what you are doing.
I think I am more uncomfortable with the situations where just because I am outdoors people assume I am performing. I am honestly not very experienced so when I hoop in public I am trying to get more comfortable with people watching what I am doing. Having a strangers camera on me at this point is almost unbearable knowing that I am not confident in my skills
It also depends on where your spin jam is. If it's in a public place, then anyone can film it. If it's on private property then you can ask people to stop or report them if need be. As a journalist, we need to know the law when it comes to photography, and basically if it's in a public space it's fair game. It's definitely best to ask, but at the same time if you're at an event with a lot of people you can't be expected to ask each for their permission.
Last weekend I was taking photos and video while covering a town festival attended by 80,000+, so I definitely wasn't asking permission. If I didn't know what hooping was though and came across a (small-ish) group of spinners and wanted to do a photo gallery for the paper I'd definitely introduce myself and tell them what the hell I'm doing there.
it definitely throws me off but like other people have said, I just stare straight at them and 'play to the camera' so to speak. so they know that they aren't getting away with it in a sneaky way. and just doing that makes me feel a little better about it, plus i'm usually totally flattered by it! however, it does suck to feel like you have to perform but if you think about it, when you practice you're most likely 99% better than the entire population (because most people don't know a THING about hoop dancing) so they have no idea if you're performing or not, and they'll still probably be amazed by it.
Oh my hahahaha this actually happened to me a few weeks ago when I was at the gym! I was in the studio practicing, and there was no one else in there so I was totally jamming out! Then I look in the mirror as I'm hooping, and some guy had his iphone out obviously recording me. He stood there for like 5mins and then left! I was flattered of course, but still a little ehhhhh....because if someone videotaped me during like a festival I would have been prepared and encouraged the attention...I was just practicing there I would have done better if I had known beforehand, and whatever happened to privacy at gyms? hahahaha...