For my friends and colleagues in Europe, especially UK

Lately I’ve been hearing from my friends in Europe that some places have instituted somewhat draconian powers against photographers.

People taking innocent photos near to shopping malls etc have been approached by security men, in some cases having had their cameras confiscated or if using film, their films removed and destroyed.

I fully understand the problem with terrorism etc and support whole heartedly any measure that will halt this wicked blight on our countries, wherever we may live. But to target innocent photographers taking a few photos for their hobby or perhaps for their studies, is utterly ridiculous.

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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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4 Responses to For my friends and colleagues in Europe, especially UK

  1. MartyW47 says:

    Sadly people seem content to surrender rights for security, as Benjamin Franklin once said; “Those who surrender rights for security, shall not have nor deserve either…” Terrorism in something that needs to be resisted but when we accost innocent people doing innocent things we have to take a step back and ask ourselves what is the proper and measured response! Great Post!

  2. dfox1992 says:

    This is totally bogus! I am so glad I live in a country where my freedoms are not hampered by the government and I feel for all the Europeans out there. Someone should definitely protest!

    • hey, danielle!
      thanks for dropping by…
      yep, everything you read is true….as i mentioned many of my friends over there in the good ol’ UK have had their cameras confiscated, or been hassled by police, just because they were taking photos near political places like the Houses of Parliament, shopping malls etc.
      why shopping malls of all places? well, they reason that the photographers were breaching passers-by privacy! its mixed-up world we live in!

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