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One step beyond

By justwilliam
This brass plate is set into the pavement outside Debenhams, on the Tib Street side of the building in Manchester, uk. The lower edge of the photo shows a piece of brass embedded into the pavement, it runs the length of the store. The part of the pavement where the sign is, including the full frontage (not just the sign, natch) , is private, and the lower side is public. So what? you might say, however this is of interest to Photographers. You can take pictures on this side of the sign - the public side, of say, the Debenhams store if you so wish, which is private property so long as you are stood in a public space while taking the photo.

However if you were stood on the private side of the pavement and you were asked to stop taking photos by the security guards you would have to comply, or simply step back onto the public side of the footpath, where you are at will to photograph whatever you please.

The usual demarcation line is just a change in the surface of the footpath or sometimes a little more elaborate like the one shown in my photo. There are hundreds of stores, offices, private buildings, government buildings which have this feature.

I've been asked several times while taking photos to leave The Victoria Quarter, in Leeds, uk. It's on private land (owned by, Bank of Ireland) but the public are allowed access,
be it to shop there or to walk through the arcade from Briggate to Boar Lane/vicar Lane.

The link to this short video shown below is a better explanation than mine. Take a look, its only about 15 minutes long. Most photographers are aware of this ruling here in the uk.
I say mostů and last but not least let's say a big thank you to Theresa May the Home Secretary who made a ruling on this a few years ago in favour of us photographers to be allowed to take photos of whatever we want to, depending upon where we are stood.

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3 Aug 2015 12:00AM

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