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  • Paul Hurst 9:53 am on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: danger, difficulties, hobby, landscape, landscapes, law, photography, police, privacy, ,   

    What costs would you go to for your photography? 

    TSS 'The Duke of Lancaster'

    Last night I risked life, limb, camera equipment and arrest in order to snap some photos of an old rusty ship which is moored up along the North Wales coast but what risks should hobbyist photographers like myself be prepared to take?  And why do casual snappers such as myself find that its becoming increasingly difficult to take pictures like these at all?

    Photographers are admittedly a strange breed.  Often not content with the mere click of an instamatic, we can be seen in all weather gear, at all times of the day trying to set up camera tripods and capture a wonderful view which is often completely missed by the masses who walk past or observe with amusement or suspicion.

    Of course we need to be vigilant in this age of ‘terror’ but we also need to use common sense too.  Certain views, buildings and locations may warrant extra security but unfortunately the palaces and parliaments may also be high up on the tourist trail or photographers list of iconic images to be captured. Why should private security firms be so surprised if photographers want to take photographs of moody country mansions at dusk?

    In light of the general over sensitivity towards photographers, I have found it increasingly difficult to take simple photographs pretty much anywhere.  My photos aren’t of ‘sensitive’ locations and my camera poses no ‘risk’ to anyone other than myself but still, the hobbyist photographer is often singled out by the authorities or over zealous members of the public who somehow feel that they are doing a great service by trying at any length to stop people photographing landscapes.  Of course, we are all allowed the right of privacy and photographers should not invade peoples privacy or take photographs of strangers without permission, but when it comes to landscapes???

    I am a vigilant person.  I keep an eye open (obviously) while I’m out and about taking my photographs so maybe some of these ‘do gooders’ would do well to consider that if there are lots of photographers like me snapping away with their telephoto lenses, it makes it harder for the real criminals to act unnoticed.  Maybe photographers can be the extra set of eyes that the security services say we so badly need.  I’m convinced that the vast majority of landscape photographers such as myself don’t compromise security, we enhance it.

  • Paul Hurst 12:58 pm on April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 100, days, , photography, reportage,   

    A photo speaks a thousand words 

    Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

    Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

    Todays Sunday Times magazine takes a pictorial look at the first 100 days of Obama in the Whitehouse.  From his first day in a sparsely decorated Oval Office to sipping a beer at the basketball match but do the pictures reveal anything that mere rhetoric does not?

    @BarrackObama is clearly new to the job.  The pictures show a family in the midst of massive adjustments.  New job, new home and the new challenges of being the most famous family in the world.  There’s moments of joy and of exhaustion coupled with informal and formal shots of the President on his overseas engagement to the G20 Summit in London.

    Included in the supplement are pictures from Nadav Kander who photographed ‘team Obama’ as they waited to take office.  From the young dudes complete with MP3 players and shades to ex-rivals and now key team members like the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  The real life ‘West Wing’ workers and officials were asked to bring or wear items which carried personal importance or comfort with Ken Salazar sporting his trademark Stetson.

    The photographs offer us a glimpse into both the Obama household and administration at a time when change came to America and a few famalies in particular.

    You can read more about Obama’s first 100 days on the Wall Street Journal Blog

    ‘Obama’s People, a set of photographic images of Obama and his administration, by Nadav Kander. may be seen at Gallery 20, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  Free Admission. Or viewed here.

    @barackobama is the 44th President of the United States of America

    @clintonnews (Hillary Clinton) is the US Secretary of State

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