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I went on a night shoot with my daughter Steph on Friday night. Steph has to provide some 'Light at night' shots as part of a college course. While taking these shots, we were confronted by a monkey in  a security guard uniform who questioned our motives.  I explained our reasons for taking the shots & he seemed happy, if a little surly: what is this country coming to?? I hardly think we pose a threat to national security: what say you?

Blade Runner

I went on a night shoot with my daughter Steph on Friday night. Steph has to provide some 'Light at night' shots as part of a college course. While taking these shots, we were confronted by a monkey in  a security guard uniform who questioned our motives.  I explained our reasons for taking the shots & he seemed happy, if a little surly: what is this country coming to?? I hardly think we pose a threat to national security: what say you?

comments (9)

  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Dec 2007, 05:53
I have been questioned, told I can't take photo's and even escorted off the premisses of buildings. Why these pip squeek - jobs worth idiots think that a prograde slr and a tripod are a threat to security I will never know, would I not take an easily hid point and shoot? Anyway, I like your shot. Maybe see you wednesday. mal
Dave Carrington: Hope you can make it: it'll be great to see you again, Mal smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 3 Dec 2007, 12:32
Oh this looks like you are up to no good to me. Taking provocative photographs of mannequins lol!

I have printed out the regulations on taking photographs in public in Germany and carry them with me. We were taking photographs in a flea market of some freaky looking wooden things and a man threatened us to the point of me thinking he was going to either strike one of us or grab our cameras. So I came home, looked up the law, and have now printed it. You might want to do the same.

I love your photograph and the cut away.
Dave Carrington: Glad you like the shot. How stupid is it that one can't take shots in the public domain???
You want to try taking piccies of Harrods shop window! On Saturday I discovered that the doormen can be rather humourless about it. This is lovely....it works really well in black and white. Such crisp detail. (:o)
Dave Carrington: Thanks, Ros! Humouless & doormen seems to go hand in hand smile
  • Lilith
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Dec 2007, 21:45
Definately up to no good! Thank goodness photographers arent easily frightened off. So much fear in our world now. Good photo though.
Dave Carrington: Hi, Lilith
Art is being strangled in the name of 'National Security': what a load of bollocks...
I assume this is the Houndshill area? Where you using a tripod? I have only had one instance of being told not to take photos and that was in Tate Moder, not surprising may be but along side me where people using their mobile phones, I pointed this out to the jobs worthy only to find him a few moments later harassing a bunch of mobile phone clickers.

Amateur Photographer mag published the chapter and verse on public photography and advised carrying a copy just in case. I must print it off.

Oh yes, like the image, the reflections add an interesting dimension.
Dave Carrington: Glad you like it, Al. I'm brassed off with this attitude that's abroad now: why are we seen as a threat?
I nearly got arrested years ago taking a picture at night of the old radio masts outside Droitwich. The police thought I might be working for the IRA. I explained that I had seen the full moon and wanted to get a shot of it behind the mast. The police lady asked why I was there at 10.00 at night. I explained that you could see the moon better in the dark.

How have you done this picture Dave?
Dave Carrington: Hi, Bill
I've converted to B/W in CS2 using 'channel mixer': red, green, & blue channels: use the sliders in each colour: +60, +140, -100: give it a go... it works well!
I was escorted off a multi-story car park (the one with a supermarket underneath it) in Blackpool because I tried to take a photo of the tower from the rooftop level - not just one security man but two! Where was the harm in that?

It really rubs me up the wrong way when I get questioned. We don't actually have any civil liberties left, it's just an illusion. We live in a climate of fear because it suits the American and British Governments (and maybe others): they are actively encouraging it. It's all about control of the masses.

Lol, you should have asked him if he was actually a security guard and produce his ID. It was a gentleman dressed as a policeman who gained entry to the Lytham Jewellers that was raided recently in broad daylight and made national news.

...and I like your image. Lol, reminds me of college type stuff.
Dave Carrington: Hi, Jose. Yep, it's a real drag: I can understand them being a little concerned if you were to point a rocket launcher at a public building, but a camera is hardly going to create a second 'Twin Towers' scenario, eh?
Nice image, agree with you about the jobsworths who sem to abound in todays society. I was stopped in a motorway service area whilst taking pictures of the sky, stupid really.
Dave Carrington: Agreed, Les: what damage are you likely to cause??

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