After the UK Home Secretary’s recent statement green-lighting the harassment of photographers in public places, could it already be too late for us to reverse the attitudes of certain members of the law enforcement agencies and the general public?
At the bottom of this post are a few links to tales of photographic woe and more cases of people’s civil liberties being ignored as more often we are told “No Photos!”.
Should we continue to raise awareness with blogging, protesting and flash mobs?
Maybe we can do what this guy is doing..
Personally I think all of the above but also.. Prepare yourself for the worst. If the situation does start getting more and more difficult for photographers and video makers in public places, then at the very least I want to protect my media.
It used to be that I carried a crappy 16 meg memory card in my back pocket, just in case some over jealous policeman in a far off land tried to confiscate my data.
Now with some of the new technologies at our disposal we can safely stream our content either back to our laptops or straight to the web as we continue shooting.
I am not talking about the Pro range of Wifi kit available to sports photographers using top of the range Nikon and Canon cameras. I am talking about off the shelf consumer software and hardware like Qik.com for mobile streaming and the Eye-Fi card for rapid transmission of stills from almost any compact camera.
If these two methods of shifting data from your camera to the web are just the beginning, we are in for some exciting times.
I for one will continue to put both systems through their paces and do so while actively shooting footage and taking stills in any public place i find myself in.
If we don’t exercise our civil liberties, they will atrophy.
(Sorry Phreadz link no longer working)
..and something a little different.. Strictly no photography.