Posts Tagged ‘Photographer’s rights’
Curly asked to put camera away
I didn’t want to post this, I never intended that this photoblog should get political, but too many people in the UK (and one or two in South Shields) think that males, cameras, and children can only mean one thing!
It is as plain as the nose on my face that South Tyneside Council has issued a policy, or instructions, or guidelines to it’s staff – there have been too many incidents over the past few years for this to be more than a simple coincidence.
In protest at their draconian, and authoritarian views and cack-handed attempts at censorship, I have decided that there will be no more posts on this blog until I learn that they have issued new and more enlightened guidelines to their staff.
If you feel as strongly as I do about this issues then can I urge you to email your thoughts to the Leader of South Tyneside District Council, Cllr. Iain Malcolm
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