The camera made me do it!

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5th Feb 2007, 20:34   | tags:,

goode says:

what photo?

5th Feb 2007, 20:39

hildegard says:

Sometimes it seems like almost everybody wants to be an Important Functionary In The War On Abstract Nouns.
Even when it's entirely pointless. Bit like all those beautiful street railings that were torn down "for the war effort" in WWII but were never actually recycled into anything useful...

5th Feb 2007, 20:56

Spiderbaby says:

No photos here... Sounds likeLeeds T*** Hall!

5th Feb 2007, 20:56

Sprocket says:

This was the local shopping centre that had a great roof that looked like a fab space station (well, to me it did). Was totally gobsmacked by the little sh*t that came up to me.

5th Feb 2007, 21:07

melissaamy says:

did they think you were plotting something evil?
her eint he us you cannot photograph bridges or tunnels in and around nyc or any major city anymore...

5th Feb 2007, 21:09

Dhamaka says:

I have a friend who works for the emergency services phone lines. He has been trained in this and says that unless you're on private property they have no right. It sounds strange to me, but he also said they have to prove that the light that you used belonged to them and that the air that the lightwaves passed through also belonged to them.... He's also a photographer and says he has proven it himself...

5th Feb 2007, 21:14

swamprose says:

I've had the same experience. Two huge guys to escort me out. Private property seems to be the angle. Everything belongs so someone, even if it is used as public space. So D, what does your phtghr friend do when the big guys offer to escort him out? Can I say I love it, feeling dangerous?

5th Feb 2007, 21:54

Dhamaka says:

I'll ask...

why not - it's important to feel alive and arguing with petty-minded officials should be an international sport

5th Feb 2007, 22:07

swamprose says:

weil, then I am up for a gold medal. please ask, it makes a difference when you have a honking big camera that is undeniable. I have been told that because I have a 'big' lens ie not a phone or point and shoot, it is considered an intrusion...ha!

5th Feb 2007, 22:12

factotum says:

Here's a page that may lead you to some useful information on the subject. It's old and concerns legislation in the US, but as I remember it, it had plenty of interesting links and discussion.

5th Feb 2007, 23:30

DocD says:

Understand yer disbelief. I get proper looks when I take pics of buildings.

5th Feb 2007, 23:44

What a load of b*ll*cks..

You were in a public space so why can't you take photos? I could see a problem potentially if you were taking pictures of people but you were photographing the roof. Security risk, assessing the damage you could do with a junior school chemistry set?

What would they do if you were on the public highway taking pictures of the building? If you are on public property there is no law against what you can and can't photograph as far as I am aware. I looked in to this for a business venture and even with the photographic equipment I was thinking of using I was within the law.

hildegard, as for the railings, I agree they were torn down for no reason other than being cast the could fragment in a bomb blast and turn in to shrapnel. They just dumped them at sea to become reefs, so I guess some good may have come from the architectural vandalism of the 1940's

6th Feb 2007, 07:23

Tori says:


6th Feb 2007, 08:20

Viv says:

slow strangulation by rules
some made up
some made legal
but very few suceed in what they really aim to do and most infringe on our freedom in some way

6th Feb 2007, 09:24

Dhamaka NLI says:

and most stay once implemented because nobody bothers to fight :(

6th Feb 2007, 09:25

MaggieD says:


6th Feb 2007, 17:43

nige says:

this is bad form.

facto, thats a good linky though. i follow Thomas Hawks blog closely & he has some great commentary on digital photography.

6th Feb 2007, 20:45

FilbertFox says:

pah i say PAH.

Did that help at all? Or add to the debate? oh well.

7th Feb 2007, 09:00


8th Feb 2007, 17:16

the best thing to do if approached by a jobsworth is say "Ah, thank God you're here at last" then send them off on some pointless errand

14th Feb 2007, 20:59

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