Oh no, not again!
LOOKS LIKE WORD is getting around - watch out for that suspicious-looking character with a camera!
You may recall my last post about MY BRUSH WITH THE LAW which was about my photography hobby and the website of which I am a member.
In that post I wrote about the close brush with the law I had whilst going about my lawful hobby of photographing notable or interesting events in my local area and how I was questioned by the security guards of the facility I was photographing.
Well, it seems as though I'm making a habit of it and developing a reputation for myself as 'that dodgy-looking dude with the camera' 'cos it's happened again!
It went like this: One of my local supermarkets has decided to demolish its petrol station and build a newer, more modern facility. This, of course, is a notable event in the area and one I was bound to record for posterity.
So I duly made my way to the location and started taking a few photographs. After a short while a burly gentleman in a hi-vis vest emerged from the building site and asked why I was taking photographs.
Not having anything to hide I explained what I was up to and provided the gentleman with the business cards I always carry for just such an occasion. Once he realised what it was all about he was quite satisfied (just like the security guard on the last occasion) and actually cracked a joke about me being from the DWP and giving some of the workers a fright!
I understand why some people may feel uncomfortable about themselves or their property being photographed but the law in the UK is quite clear - if it's in a public place or visible from a public place them its OK to take photographs of it. There are some exceptions to this rule but none of the 2000+ photographs I have submitted to the site are in any way questionable.
However, we must all be sensitive when taking photographs in public places. I have been a member of the site for two years and it's only in the past few weeks that I have (twice) been challenged and if I am challenged I will always explain fully why I am taking photographs. I have nothing to hide and honesty is always the best policy.
If you wish to see the photograph which almost got me in trouble (again) then go here ASDA petrol station
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