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A very interesting video. I am glad to see that the police were helpful and not worried about you being there. Its a shame that the building security staff wasted the police's time when they could be catching real crooks.
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From this excellent film, it shows the Police are not the problem. Private security officials not knowing the law are. I was interesting to note the use of the term Terrorism used for a man with a 5x4 camera! It makes me worried that a private security person thinks a terrorist would go to such measures. Not even I can be bothered to hump around one of those beasts any more
Interesting video. Good tips for any wishing to film in public spaces. Good to see that the police were supportive of your rights and used common sense and good natured interactions throughout.
Just goes to show how narrow minded and self interested these firms are that they would infringe your right to take pictures if they could. Shows too that as everywhere, security staff are not sufficiently aware of the law to act responsibly or reasonably in many cases.
I felt the best approach was the building manager who asked clarification of purpose and offered a potential invite onto the property and assistance in getting better shots. While it wasn't necessary for this film he showed a common-sense approach that should have satisfied all parties.
Very interesting film. it's typical of firm thinking they are better than anyone else and think they can tell other what to do. I'm glad the Police have a more common sense of the situation, that as photographers we are only interested in the shot, I'm sure if a terrorist wanted a photo of a building he would not be outside the building with a SLR and a tripod and make it obvious he was taking photos, considering the size of compact cameras nowadays .
Any way, with the this in mind I won't feel under pressure to move when I'm out taking city street shots again.
This should help clear up matters from the I'm a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! site Information to carry with you. and also see Metropolitan Police guidelines, Police and Photography legal information.
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