Sunday, March 02, 2008

I'm a photographer (not a terrorist)

I'm loving these new t-shirts and hoodies that are available from These were bought to my attention by the BPPA's recent newsletter, but it's been a subject that a number of photographers have been talking about recently. Sion Touhig's blog has an interesting piece on the latest campaign in London on 'how to spot a terrorist', and a new poster that reads 'Thousands of people take photos everyday, What if one of them seems odd?' This kind of thing leaves me speechless. 'Seems odd'??! In what way? What is the definition of odd?? He was wearing odd socks? He had a waxed moustache and a monocle? He was riding a unicycle? The whole concept is crazy.

It seems with fear of terrorist attacks on our shores growing, people are becoming more and more paranoid about street photography and filming. I must admit I've always been quite shy when photographing on London streets, and I always take an unhealthy interest if I see another tog loitering with a camera...but more in the sense of 'what's he seen that I haven't?' than 'OH MY GOD what dastardly and machiavellian scheme has this chap got up his sleeve??!'

Update: Interesting story here on regarding a photographer asked to delete images by police officers followed by a number of anecdotes in the comments section.


Mr. V said...

Unfortunately it's not that simple ;-)

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