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I made a single picture outside the British Museum yesterday while aware of police by the gates but out of nowhere a lady immediately approached me who identified herself has plainclothes Met Police as part of their Operation Servator. This is a well-publicised campaign around London where they spring up to speak to the public about security issues, handing out leaflets about being vigilant etc. - all part of anti-terrorism. Very politely, she told me she'd watched me taking pictures of people on the steps because usually, visitors photograph the wider building and architecture - and I had not, which was 'untypical'. I started my usual spiel explaining who I was but sensed she saw me as zero threat so we chatted very amicably about my profession, how I make a living and then about her busy police work and that when off-duty, she also takes street pictures including landscapes and typography. Very untypical too, I thought! I've been stopped many, many times for the same reason by uniforms in London and the tone is usually pretty good, considering they stop me working - but this was the first time by a covert officer. The Servator project ("unpredictable, highly visible police deployments, designed to deter, detect and disrupt a wide range of criminal activity") tells Londoners that plainclothes officers are out and about looking for 'hostile reconnaissance' (".. the purposeful observation of people, places, vehicles and locations with the intention of collecting information to inform the planning of a hostile act against a target"). She never did ask to see any ID although she was interested in all three pictures on the card so just before we went our own ways I said she should look me up online, offering my website address which I didn't see as a ploy nor compromising my position. We even shook hands with a 'nice to meet you, thanks for the chat'. My reason for posting this is merely to let those of you coming to London that they're currently around major sites, generally just wanting to know you're up to nothing sinister. Happy shooting! Richard.
Hi, Can anyone help out with a name for this building? It was in London... The site is on the north bank of the Thames just down river from Cannon Street railway bridge (behind the Nomura Building on Upper Thames Street). The picture was taken in 2006 from the south bank & the site has been redeveloped since then. Simply captioning it "Building next to Cannon Street Station..." seems a bit feeble but I've tried all the obvious on-line sources & can't find any reference to it. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks - Martyn
Hi everyone, I am a newbie here who started photography in earnest early 2016. Joined alamy in 2016 and uploaded 25 photos and then spent 1 year being confused on what site to use for selling my pictures. Every upload is hard work so using more than one can be so time consuming. Finally have settled on Alamy and now looking to learn tips and tricks of the trade. Fortunately there are lots of blog posts which are motivating and this forum is fab. I sold my 1st photo in June but currently average like 5-7 views a week. I have been reading a lot of material here and i upload only my best photos and tag them to the best of my ability but looks like the 2nd sale is far away. I only have 165 photos on sale at the moment and am a bit awed by the high numbers existing stalwarts can manage in a year. Not sure of how to up my numbers...