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Mobloggers watch out, your government thinks you're suspicious

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*With public concern rising over paedophilia and terrorism, street
photographers face new difficulties*. The TimesOnline


"... *In the past year, the photography blogs have buzzed with tales of
harassment, even violence*. There's the war photographer who dodged
bullets abroad only to be beaten up in his own South London backyard by
a paranoid parent who (wrongly) thought his child was being
photographed. There's the amateur photographer punched prostrate in the
London Tube after refusing to give up his film to a stranger; the case
of the man in Hull, swooped on by police after taking photographs in a
shopping centre. /"Any person who appears to be taking photos in a
covert manner should expect to be stopped and spoken to by police ..."/
ran the Humberside force's statement.

Now, a new poster campaign by the Metropolitan Police

is inviting Londoners to call a hotline if they don't like the look of a
photographer. /"Thousands of people take photos every day,"/ runs the
text. /"What if one of them seems odd?"/ The poster states that
terrorists use cameras for surveillance.

*... Street photography doesn't just document what our environment used
to look like; it shows us how it really looks now*, freezing the moment
to reveal the weirdness and magic of the split second ..."

Via: Textually

Rich says:

It's worth reading the Times article quoted by the blog posting because it sounds far more like some photographers with an enormous sense of entitlement complaining about the plebs who dare to object to being used as their unpaid models. So, you're the one taking pictures of someone without their knowledge yet you invoke Orwell when someone points out that what you're doing could be seen as intrusive... How deliciously hypocritical.

"It's like 1984" is rapidly becoming the quickest way of identifying someone who doesn't know what they're talking about.

23rd Mar 2008, 11:49

Alfie says:

That's fine Rich, but not what I'm commenting on. I'm commenting on my Government *actively* encouraging the public to take it upon themselves to decide who looks suspicious taking a photograph, and if (edit - you think) they do, report them to the poh-lice. You think people are going to make the distinction your making (quite rightly) in deciding whether someone is being suspicious in the way they are photographing something/someone? Nah, as ever, it's an excuse for cunts to be self righteous whenever they choose because their government told them to "watch out for suspicious characters".

edit - how do you think East Berlin managed to get so much information on their citizens? By giving self righteous twats the authority to tell them everything about their neighbours.

23rd Mar 2008, 11:52

minushabens says:

Yes, I'm supicious...

23rd Mar 2008, 15:19

Essitam says:

I saw this a week ago and have been meaning to blog it - it's a farce,

My colleague told me he would report me,

Not for taking photos but just because I was suspicious looking ;-)

23rd Mar 2008, 20:49

JokerXL says:

"what if one of them seems odd" ? ? ?
Target-rich environment round here then!


And, I have at least three phones on the go at any one time, I may as well go and give myself up.

23rd Mar 2008, 22:02

Spiderbaby says:

Surely the ones to worry would be the 'normal' looking ones. You'd be a pretty rubbish terrorist if you did all your surveillance looking odd and attracting attention. Reminds me of those poor plane spotters in Greece. What a huge waste of time, these posters. Equal rights for the odd-looking!

24th Mar 2008, 19:55