BRISTOL 104 – WARNING
September 2, 2016 10 Comments
Two things to say. First, how I love light glancing over surfaces! More than ever, these days, the play of light on things is important to my photography.
Secondly, I don’t know about the situation in other countries, but here in the UK we are increasingly uptight about photography, and especially so where the subjects are people or, even more so, children. Well, OK, that’s fine, I quite understand the public’s fears, and for that reason never photograph other peoples’ children in public places.
However, on the other side of things, our every movement in towns and cities is monitored by ever increasing numbers of CCTV cameras. All of us, often without our knowledge, are being photographed incessantly as we go about our daily lives, and we mostly accept it without a second thought.
And therein lies, to me anyway, a paradox. I am certainly not saying that, since CCTV is so universal, photographers should have such universal freedoms and be beyond public reproach too. But I am left wondering who looks at all the CCTV footage that is collected, how such people are vetted, and what happens to it all – how long and under what security it is stored – after it is taken.
X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 800 ISO.