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February 20th, 2007 (08:15 pm)

The UK Govt are about to propose restrictions on photography in public places which could make street photography and documentary photography against the law. There's a petition on the Downing St website against the Government's proposals to restrict the use of photography in public areas. Sign up to the petition now......
> petitions.pm.gov.uk/Photography/

Please pass on...


Posted by: Dermot (dermfitz)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)

What...the fuck?

Posted by: gaffermonkey (gaffermonkey)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
no one likes you

Well, currently the whole site appears to be down. As you probably saw, I got the link via sarahekosminsky, who's deftlytooledup on here.

I'm not one to normally pass this kind of thing on, but with everything a while back with ken and his london landmark photography scandal, I thought maybe this would warrant a push.

Apologies if you didn't want it on your friends page...

Posted by: Dermot (dermfitz)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)

God, sorry, I meant this could spell disaster for me and my photography :)

Posted by: gaffermonkey (gaffermonkey)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I know what you mean.
Although I'm quite puzzled cos there seems to be very little about it in the news. I don't have a TV licence so don't watch the news, but I do follow RSS news from BBC etc - but there's been nothing on there that I've seen.
You'd think the photographic community would be throwing their arms up in horror at this. Maybe Ken really has worn us all down, after all, or maybe they're (unsuprisingly) keeping it quiet...

Posted by: Millibrachiate Tentacular Coelenterate (nja)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)

It's bollocks. Here is what the petition-starter is actually complaining about - some people were hassled for taking pictures of children playing rugby, and that's turned into "they want to prevent us from using cameras in public places". The great "they", who always feature in these stories but disappear when you try to look into who "they" are (the suggestion of an official card seems to have come from a camera club, and the petitioner admits that there are no moves by any official bodies to introduce such a thing).

I can see why someone might be upset if they are stopped from taking pictures in a park. I can also see why people might be a little uneasy at a pair of strangers taking photos of children.

Posted by: gaffermonkey (gaffermonkey)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)

Thanks, I'd actually missed the link on that page to start with.
Having read the piece he posted, I too can see why the 2 photogs in question got upset, and I actually dislike his tone in the piece.

I do, however agree with his interpretation of the law. As I understand it, there are moves afoot to change some of the public place photog rules, to increase 'protection' of minors, but thy are not statutes yet. I may be mis-informed on this, however.

I agree that the card is a load of pish, and is some jobsworth camera club president's attempt at being famous.

I am still worried by what could happen down this line of law, though...

Posted by: Plastic Bertrand Russell (burkesworks)
Posted at: February 20th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)

I knew it would be a matter of time before the Blairite twats managed to combine ID cards with "think of the childruuun", and sure enough, here it comes.
Signed - not that it makes a blind bit of difference to these buggers; and if anyone ought to know about e-petitions, I guess I should.

Cue dear old beingjdc at the ready to defend the indefensible...

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