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A Big Thank You

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Curly, South Shields

Curly, by his dad!

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the members of the City Daily Photo network who contributed, supported, and helped raise the profile of this post that I made on 24th. March in my other blog. The issue is an emotive one and also a political one because it touches on areas of law and public perceptions of how we deal with fears surrounding paedophiles and terrorists, as well as some Orwellian “Big Brother” aspects.

The matter has now been put down for consideration in the British House of Commons after Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell tabled an Early Day Motion, it has also been featured and incorporated into a campaign by the Press Gazette, and our Foreign Secretary (and South Shields MP) David Miliband unexpectedly wrote to me with the thoughts of Home Office minister Tony McNulty.

The contentious issue of the rights of photographers (amateur or professional) was also aired on the BBC’s Breakfast Time last week, and because of the way you have helped to raise the profile worldwide, it has also appeared on the front page of Boing Boing, one of the internet’s biggest collaborative blogs.

As hobbyists, amateurs, or professionals, we must all stick together and remain united in our desire to record our world as we see it through the lens of our camera, we must ensure that material is available for future generations so that they can appreciate mankind’s progress (or lack of) during the early decades of this new millennium. We must remind the rest of society that the world would be a much duller place without pictures, and that often the greater dangers come from those close to us, rather than from strangers.

Thank you again for your support.

Curly’s dad is 77, but still enjoys taking pictures in public. This is me photographing him, in his South Shields garden.

Camera details; Kodak C330 zoom digital, 35mm lens, 1/430 second, f2.7, iso 80

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Written by curly

April 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

22 Responses

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  1. You have my full support Curly. May I commend you for your dedication to the current news and affairs, photography and the odd banter about South Shields and beyond, which I find very informative and a pleasure to browse when online. Thank you

    S Wilson

    April 28, 2008 at 12:27 am

  2. c’est un très beau portrait que tu as fait, j’adore ce b&w.
    J’avais pas vu ton post (mais je lis très mal l’anglais) et malheureusement le maudit droit a l’image (je parle pour les musées, les œuvres d’art, les artistes (pendant leur représentation) , ect.. ) réduit de plus en plus nos champs photographique ;o(
    is a beautiful portrait that you have done, I love this b & w.
    I had not seen your post (although I read very little English) and unfortunately the law has cursed the image (I speak for museums, works of art, artists (during their representation), ect .. ) Reduces increasingly our fields photographic ;o(

    Olivier

    April 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

  3. Great to get an update. I am pleased to hear that you have made good progress with this issue

    Greg

    April 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

  4. It is sad indeed. It is done by lots of idiots who have nothing better to do. It is also done on blogs which leads to your blog being shut down until it is checked out. That has happened to me. People are very jealous and will do almost anything to put you out of business if they think they can.

    I hope this issue is now behind you.

    Abraham Lincoln

    April 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

  5. Great news that the issue is getting such a good public airing.

    That’s a pretty good picture your dad took there – are you going to show us the picture you took of him?!

    Jackie

    April 28, 2008 at 1:43 pm

  6. Great photo and great news.

    Marcel

    April 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm

  7. wow…I am impressed…..and of course am pleased you picked up the banner on this…..

    Neva

    April 28, 2008 at 9:19 pm

  8. I’d like to see the photo of your dad too! Nice looking camera there.

    lavenderlady

    April 28, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  9. Your story reminds me of last September when Ben took a walk in Wellington. He found an old house on a street corner with the sun coming up and was taking many pics of it when he was approached by a female police/security personnel; he hadn’t realized where he was standing was very near the prime minister’s residence gate. She took his name, address, etc., but he gave her the blog address, too. I don’t think he’s ever posted those shots. It sure ruined his day. But considering where he was, even if he was pointing in the opposite direction, well, my friend Trish and I couldn’t stop laughing…

    Meg in Nelson

    April 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm

  10. Thanks for the update. Fancy hearing from the Government! That is some profile raising! I saw the issue on T.V and on the BBC website. Lets hope that photography of the world around us can continue unstopped. Well done on your campaign :)

    marley

    April 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

  11. So sad that an innocent hobby turned into a scary ride in the back seat of a police car. Hope all is much better now! yikes!

    Tanya

    April 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm

  12. Bravo. All of us around the world appreciate your efforts. I can imaging something like what happened to you befalling any of us. With luck, your efforts will result in more freedom and protection for photographers in the UK and around the world.

    By the way, youd dad takes a damn good photograph. But then consider the excellent subject matter.

    Strangetastes

    April 28, 2008 at 10:49 pm

  13. Excellent,that is great news.

    iBlowfish

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  14. Curly! That’s a fine statement by your Dad. Well done. In Britain of all places we must keep things clear and open.

    Chuckeroon

    April 28, 2008 at 11:13 pm

  15. I live on an island where if you aren’t a tourist and you point a camera at something, that is not a sunset or the TT you are wierd. Tying to explain the concept of the daily photo perplexes most of them, even after they have seen the site. These are the same people though that don’t understand words like, enjoy, and volountary.

    I echo everything you said today in your post about photographers sticking together and the fact the we are documenting our part of the world for future generations. I would say unpaid historians. It is sad we live in a world when photography is the latest imagined enemy, something to be feared when it should be embraced.

    I wish you all the best, carry on doing what your’e doing and tell your dad to start his own portraits blog.

    babooshka

    April 28, 2008 at 11:52 pm

  16. Great news Curly. I’m glad your determination to just not let this pass is paying off.

    cluelessinboston

    April 29, 2008 at 2:05 am

  17. Curly, so happy to hear positive progress is happening. Bravo for you taking on the establishment. I suspect pre-internet this might have been exponentially more difficult to organize. The web can give us individuals a very powerful tool and platform. Kudos!!

    Chuck

    April 29, 2008 at 7:26 am

  18. Lets hope that something comes of it all. Call me an old cynic if you like, but whatever happens in legislation I’m afraid that it won’t go to the root of the problem. We treat this erosion of our liberties as something that the government is doing to us but the more I think about it, the more I feel that there is a mood swing in the general population. One that feeds off the drama of participating in the hunt for terrorism and paedophiles and jumps at the chance to poke noses into places they don’t belong. Sure, the police exceed their authority but I suspect that is because, as a community we want them to, as we revel in the thrill of it all.

    Ham

    April 29, 2008 at 7:51 am

  19. Gee, I feel sorry I missed this story when it happened. You must have been traumatized, I’m sure. I think this “aggression” – I think we can call this an aggression – that you had to suffer is more and more common wherever we are in the world. (In Paris, for instance, it’s forbidden to film any scene on the public domain if use a stand or a tripod and don’t have a written authorization!).

    I would follow Ham 100% on this ; since we ask our governments to protect us, they take for granted that they can “poke noses into places they don’t belong”.

    Also, had you been a pedophile taking pictures of children and had the media found out that the police had caught you on tape without checking on you, they would have been the first to be blamed.

    Not an easy one, is it?

    Eric

    April 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

  20. Well done, Curly, in what you are doing. I, personally, have learned a lot from what you went through and the subsequent comments and writing on the subject. From thinking that such behaviour was perhaps ‘understandable’ I’ve gone full circle to understanding the rights we have. I thank you for that but am sorry you had to go through that awful time.

    Do keep us up to date and well done for all your mammoth efforts.

    Tell your father he takes a good photograph!

    Jilly

    April 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

  21. Curly, thank you for your perseverance which is beginning to pay off in raising awareness that a precious freedom is at stake here. Perceptions are so hard to change.

    slim

    May 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  22. Very good news. bringing awarness is a big start, we are all in this together.

    Rob

    May 8, 2008 at 3:51 am


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