Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Panic on the streets of London

Just got myself a little Canon G11 and I'm going to hit the streets of London tomorrow to test it out. It's going to be nice not having to lug the heavy DSLR gear around but will it produce images that will be acceptable to the various image libraries to which I contribute photos?

We'll find out.

But many of the images I get will fit firmly in the 'arty street photography' category and because I will not have a 'big camera' I'm unlikely to attract anybody's attention.

The Guardian are picking up a story today of the photographer Grant Smith being descended upon by no less than seven police officers in four vehicles after daring to take pictures of a church that happened to be adjacent to the London offices of Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. The story also has been dealt with in the online edition of the British Journal of Photography, here and here.

What never ceases to amaze me is that IF terrorists wanted images of this American bank then would they not choose to get them surreptitiously using LITTLE cameras or more likely MOBILE PHONES knowing that security staff incredibly only seem to pick on people with BIG cameras.

In fact they really need not even visit the street at all when there are already hundreds of photos of Bank of America London on sites like Flickr and Alamy!

So what really is in the head of the security people? It was the bank's security who called the police, wasting their time when the police could have been pursuing bank robbers or real terrorists even. My feeling is that security people are bored and want to push their weight around. And from his own account of events, Grant Smith was having none of that.

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