Over two thousand photographers gathered in Trafalgar Square yesterday. They were ‘fighting’ for their right to take photos in public – without being asked questions.
I’ve recently returned from London, and I must admit it remains the most photographer-friendly city I visit. I was only ever stopped once, in front of Ealing Townhall, and it wasn’t an unpleasant experience. The policeman looked at the photos on my camera, I showed him my ID and everyone moved on. It took less than five minutes.
On the other hand, I suppose the photographer-friendliness of London is in fact due to the high awareness of the British public/photographers. This is where it gets difficult for me to choose sides. I fully understand the security concerns, but I’ve seen examples of other countries where my camera is an unwelcome sight at airport arrivals! Difficult…
Image above was shot in summer 2008. It’s of my father’s old camera from the Seventies.