When I first visited Al Rashad mental institute in 2005, the guards stopped me and asked who I am. After they knew that I am a doctor they asked me if I carry a camera. After I told them that I don't carry a camera, they asked me if my mobile phone have a camera. My mobile by then was having no camera. I asked them why they did ask those questions, and they told me that it is prohibited to carry any kind of camera inside Al Rashad institute.
Since then and I know it is very sensitive to take a picture to a person with a mental illness. I never did took a picture to a person without his concent. And never thought of taking a picture for a person with mental illness.
But when I started my training course in Al Rashad institute before about 6 months, nobody asked me if I ever have a camera. I even saw some kids walking inside the hospital with their mobile phone cameras turned on on a window of patients while police was standing nearby. I thought about talking to them, but they knew the police and the policemen know them, yet no body knows me at that time. So I just shut my mouth.
During my training I saw that some patients are pictured and sometimes video camera is used during some occations that even psychiatry seniors were attending.
I get less sensitive from my mobile camera during the last months of my training and I started to use it when I think it is an appropriate time and place.
I never took a picture to a face of a patient. But I think, this patient's contemplating moment in the shaddow worth to be recorded.