IanDavidson Posted November 9, 2018 Share Posted November 9, 2018 You can’t take photos here (again) It may just be me but, three times today, while photographing locally, I have been challenged and told what I can and cannot photograph. I attended a Victoria Cross monument unveiling. I was told three times I could not take photographs of a group of school children. On the third occasion, the “organiser” of the event told me I could not take this group. I replied, politely, that while I had no intention of taking photos of this group there was nothing legally to stop me doing so. She replied that if I did take their photos she would make me leave the event. I pointed out that as this was a public space, and I was on the pavement she could not tell me to leave… What was more annoying was that a little while later the school concerned tweeted several pictures of their children at the event, on a public tweet. Then I went to the Ford central office in Warley, Brentwood which announced it is closing. Quite a big deal as over 1,500 people work in the offices. So while taking pictures, on the public pavement; up comes a security guard to ask what I was doing and to see some identification. I pointed out, politely, that I was in a public space and why was he asking for identification. He was very nice; but said he had to check in case I was up to “no good”. I did show him my press card and off he went. I know I am being over sensitive but it is a little annoying to be constantly challenged. A couple of weeks ago I covered a major disturbance at a televised boxing match locally. I photographed the police in riot gear controlling the event. Some “fans” took exception and tried to break my kit. The police intervened; but then put me in a corner with two officers and told me I could not move from that spot or take any more pictures. Again, | fully understand the “why” but it is getting difficult just to do my job……. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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