I don’t get much chance to do street photography at the moment. But by the time I do have an opportunity, it might well be too late! There is so much nonsense with the Police and Hobby Bobbies chewing up and spitting out such tripe about what you can and can’t do. Last time I looked, this was Britain, once upon a time Great Britain. Not so Great now. But its not some tin pot little country with a totalitarian dictatorship – or at least I didn’t used to think so.
There seem to be all sorts of people speaking up about this issue, but the nonsense continues.
If you read the article below, its apparent that you are not obliged to give your name and address (unless driving, which I couldn’t do AND be taking photos) or ethnicity to any police officer requesting it. That’s just as well, as I have no intention of giving that information to anyone in a uniform who requests its: its none of your business! I’m a photographer, not a terrorist.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of ‘stop and search’ but this ‘stop and account’ is a new one on me. If you haven’t done anything wrong, my response would be along the lines of (see article) thanks, now leave me alone. Go find someone else to bother – or to put in police parlance ‘be about your business’ and leave me to mine.
To quote Lord Carlile of Berriew QC ” The fact that someone is taking photographs is not prima facie a good reason for stop and search and is very far from raising suspicion.” TAKE NOTE. Lord Carlile was the barrister who defended Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell. I suspect he knows his onions.
This cartoon, from the Guardian, make the point very well
And to continue the sorry saga, another episode unravels in Hounslow, West London with a man and a Leica, published in Amateur Photographer.