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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dinostrich Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2008 at 10:15
"Two Scottish photographers had had been charged with "assault by photography". The charges against Laurance Inglis of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, and Angus Anderson, of the Dundee Courier, followed claims by a solicitor that he had been photographed against his wishes. The Law Society of Scotland described the charges as "unique"."

I bet he chases ambulances as well
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2008 at 11:12
Regardless of the merits of the stop and search provisions, in the sort-term at least the possibility of being stopped taking photos in the UK exists. In my case the key thing the police seemed interested in was my motivation for taking photos in the first place, with that in mind I'm thinking of printing myself out some cards that explain why I'm taking photos, along these lines...

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In their search for suitable subjects they actively go out to take photographs that appear interesting, creative, distinctive or unusual.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saratoga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2008 at 11:44
Originally posted by artuk artuk wrote:

I have always failed to understand why anyone would think that a street / park scene that includes fully clothed minors could possibly be of interest to "paedophiles".


Because it's on the route to escalation. It starts off on small things and works up. It has been covered by research but so much is 'dumbed down' on TV that often the real meaning is lost and just confuses people. Same with the notion that they have the right to not allow you to take photos of them on public land.

As I have explained before, I don't see what the big problem is. Surely they're aware that everything they do is already photographed in public by CCTV anyway?

Sure I've had issues in the past, who hasn't! I'm usually in my car and if the Police want to check it I carry my driving licence anyway (need for for other security reasons too). Explaining what I'm shooting of and why ususally gets me left alone.

Although, talking of which, there is an Army base down near Ashchurch in Gloucestershire with a tank thingy as it's gate guard. To get a photo of that I'd probably pop over to the gatehouse to tell the men with guns what I'm doing. I'll probably be in a bakers fridge truck, just to confuse them
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saratoga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2008 at 11:47
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Regardless of the merits of the stop and search provisions, in the sort-term at least the possibility of being stopped taking photos in the UK exists. In my case the key thing the police seemed interested in was my motivation for taking photos in the first place, with that in mind I'm thinking of printing myself out some cards that explain why I'm taking photos, along these lines...

Originally posted by Bob J's Business Cards Bob J's Business Cards wrote:

To whom it may concern

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In their search for suitable subjects they actively go out to take photographs that appear interesting, creative, distinctive or unusual.




That would be an interesting thing. At the moment Flickr let you make up sort of business cards as well but I've never got around to doing it...

As for the text, well, it's possible but care would need to be taken about how to lay it out. Perhaps in business card size but in a folded book style. That way the text wouldnt have to be too small
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 3rd time lucky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2008 at 13:25
Thanks for the link polossatik, excellent variations on the Met poster.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TallPaul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2008 at 17:50
Originally posted by Saratoga Saratoga wrote:

Have a google for (in quotes) "assault by photography"

One of the entries quote:

Assault by photography

Two Scottish photographers


Sounds like some unique clause in scottish law to me?
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