South Shields Daily Photo in the news
Some of you may be aware of the difficulties faced by photographers in today’s modern society with it’s constantly shifting attitudes towards safety and privacy as illustrated in the post that I made in Curly’s Corner Shop on Monday 24th of this month. The story was subsequently picked up by our local newspaper The Shields Gazette and it was featured both in it’s printed issue and online edition yesterday.
It was a matter that I felt quite strongly about as photographers here in the UK and several other countries are afforded some basic legal rights and protections which are now becoming threatened by arbitrary police action and changing public perceptions. I don’t know if female photographers face the same “challenges” as males in this respect, or if they are less likely to be challenged by other members in society. I would welcome your views.
The situation has changed so much in recent years that Austin Mitchell, a Labour MP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons to try and return a little common sense to the issue, and to inform both the police and the public about the enjoyment of photography and to remind people that photography in public places is perfectly legal. If you have a couple of minutes to spare and would wish to help inform the debate, I would appreciate your comments added under this post.
The photograph above is of Tim Richardson’s Nikon (he is The Shields Gazette’s Chief photographer) and it shows my image in the display screen, one of several that he took for the news article -thanks Tim. The picture was taken at the rear of The Gazette’s office in South Shields.
Please add your comments about this “self portrait” under this post.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/180 second, f5.6, iso 200