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jadus
jadus e2 Member 31009 forum postsjadus vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 10:33 PM

I have just been barked at by a woman for taking a photo of her dog with it's head stuck under the garden gate.I could not resist!

She screamed that i had broken the law because i had not asked her permission to take the photo of her dog with it's head stuck under the garden gate.

From what I have read she is quite simply wrong.

Any thoughts?

Jade

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franken
franken e2 Member 123144 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 10:48 PM

Is the gate on her property?

If it's in a public place then she's wrong.

bainsybike
28 Jul 2014 - 10:48 PM

As long as you asked the dog... Wink

mikehit
mikehit  56546 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 10:50 PM

Just tell her that you are have got an offer to sell the picture to the online magazine 'dogs in bikinis' for 375 and she had better cancel that month's subscription because she may cause her mutt an immense amount of humilation.

jadus
jadus e2 Member 31009 forum postsjadus vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 10:55 PM

In answer to Franken: she rents the house from the local housing association so in that sense it is public property, but when I took the photo of the dog it's head was on the public highway because it was popping out from under the gate and therefore not within the boundary of the propertySmile

The dog was being choked by the latts of the gate so couldn't answer Smile

Dog's in bikini's, now there's a photo to be had!

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315487 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 11:04 PM


Quote: In answer to Franken: she rents the house from the local housing association so in that sense it is public property

Its not public property, it is owned by a private company but let to a tenant.

Last Modified By Moderator Team at 29 Jul 2014 - 10:08 AM
mikehit
mikehit  56546 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 11:13 PM


Quote: In answer to Franken: she rents the house from the local housing association so in that sense it is public property, but when I took the photo of the dog it's head was on the public highway because it was popping out from under the gate and therefore not within the boundary of the propertySmile

The dog was being choked by the latts of the gate so couldn't answer Smile

Dog's in bikini's, now there's a photo to be had!

If you are on public property you can take a picture of the dog even if it is in the middle of her garden unless the image caused emabrassment to her: maybe the dog was desperately trying to get away from her!

jadus
jadus e2 Member 31009 forum postsjadus vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 11:30 PM

i think the dog was trying very hard to get away from her. I was on a public highway as was the dog's head!! So I'll wait to see if the threat of the police turning up on my door step becomes a reality.

rambler
rambler e2 Member 6477 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 11:41 PM

Tell her you were taking the picture as you thought the dog was being mistreated, then get someone to take a picture of her hitting you.

By the way as you were on public land you have not broken the law.

Just Jas
Just Jas  1225752 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 11:43 PM

Did anybody think or try to release the poor dog's head, or was it just left in distress? Sad

jadus
jadus e2 Member 31009 forum postsjadus vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2014 - 11:52 PM

The dog yanked its own head from between the latts of the gate and legged it inside.

Chris_L
Chris_L e2 Member 1042 forum postsChris_L vcard United Kingdom
29 Jul 2014 - 3:04 AM

You (or the press who do this all the time) can point your camera anywhere you can point your eyes, so long as you aren't trespassing you can take as many photos of private property (such as dogs) as you like.

You'd only have a possible problem if you tried to cash in on the image.

monstersnowman
29 Jul 2014 - 3:31 AM

It always amuses me that we want to live in a free world yet the moment something we dont like happens we revert to demanding or expecting lawful protection in even the most ridiculous areas, then when our own freedoms are impinged we cry about the laws that seek to control our freedoms ..

We seem to want laws to protect us in every situation and yet hate the invasive laws that affect our every movement. We demand tighter controls on things the moment the slightest thing goes wrong but decry the inconvenience of health & safety, red tape and any controls set up to prevent even the most unlikely thing going wrong. We had a ground swell of public demand for laws such as 'joint enterprise' but once the reality hits many now find it unpalatable and unjust. We often get what we deserve.

This isn't a judgement on the OP or the woman with the dog, just an observation of how we should be careful what we wish for. I may have gone slightly OT but its a point worth making.

KevSB
KevSB  101408 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2014 - 7:55 AM

Putting the legality issues aside, And not being there at the time so unable to judge if it was invasive or not, I have an image of someone taking photos of where I live and my dog in my garden, In todays society that makes me a little uncomfortable.
This isn't a criticism of the op but just another viewpoint from the other side of the fence(Excuse the Pun)

Last Modified By KevSB at 29 Jul 2014 - 7:56 AM
altitude50
altitude50  101913 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Jul 2014 - 8:29 AM

I once had a woman chase me out of a supermarket, screaming, because she thought I was taking photographs of her. I was just answering my mobile phone which was an old lump of a Nokia with no camera in it. My wife on the other end of the call was not amused.Smile

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