You can’t photograph here

March 17th, 2008
Gwyn Headley

by Gwyn Headley

Managing Director

Rajesh Thind was filming crowd scenes in Oxford Street when he was approached and ordered to stop by two community policemen. In the wake of the spoof petition on the No. 10 web site protesting against the banning of photography in public places in the UK, this is an alarming snippet of how the combination of a uniform and ignorance can lead to confrontation, anger, misunderstanding and perhaps worse. As the filmmaker says, we are continually watched — Britain has more CCTV cameras than any other country — why shouldn’t we watch back?
It’s worth watching this.


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