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Old 06-16-2005, 06:02 PM
Homerhomer Homerhomer is offline
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this will be my vent:

I am really jealous to see so many pictures from the east of the world of poeple being so happy infront of the camera and would love to experience it one day.

Here, well it's a different story, not only we seem to be unwelcome in public places, but it seems like a good reason to have the police involved.

As most poeple who are weekend photographers and simple don't have much time for it, I take any opportunity I get and try to make the best of it. My formula was simply to take my dog for an evening walk, bring the camera along, most often I wouldn't even take the lens cap off, but at times I have produced something. I do it often in my area.

Last night I was reported to the police for taking photographs in a public park near my home during a soccer game. For me sports can be a photo opportunity, have a baseball photo and a hockey photo here on TE, was hoping to have soccer image. Three police cruisers showed up, 6 cops, 20 minutes interview of who am I and why I take pictures in the park etc etc. Quite annoying I must add.

Anyway thanks for listening, I am probably being known in the area by know as a pedophile with a dangerous dog and camera, to which I have to say:

FC$K EM ALL!!!!!

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Old 06-17-2005, 03:02 AM
khmelins khmelins is offline
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never happened to me but not surprised at all..
hope you take it as part of the kit-photographer-experience-in-a-developed-country and stay cool.

keep on shooting them!
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:55 AM
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My profound sympathies Peter. I just posted this minute a question in this forum about "why so few people shots from N America and Europe"? went some way to answering it. It is really a sorry state of affairs where along with basic human rights we all agree with, people in so-called developed nations have tacked on super-added-value rights for themselves as uperior citizens who should on no occasion run the risk of being photographed by a keen amateur walking his dog. Obscene, really. Cheers, Francis
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:50 AM
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Well Peter, this is really scary... Particularly because it happened in Canada, which is likely more laid back than other "developed" nations. And it's a great answer to the thread started by Francis. Three cruisers, must have been quite an experience! I feel for you.
From my limited experience, I have to say that people in both Canada and Europe proved to be surprisingly positive when approached with a smile and asked for permission to be photographed. Yes, the opportunity for a candid shot is gone with this, but at least there will be no cruisers... and good photographs are still possible. And you know what, I would avoid hanging around with a camera in areas where children play. Parents can be overly sensitive about certain issues, and with all the abuses reported by the media, I do have a bit of understanding for these parents. If your dog is the one shown in your profile, then just the dog alone could be enough to cause some mean looks... not justified, but understandable.
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:08 PM
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Hey there Peter,
that sucks pretty huge man. This in Newmarket too!

...I was wondering though ;) did you have a chance to shoot da police? It would have been pretty cool (though probably inappropriate) to take advantage of the opportunity.


Seriously though, I hope you don't let this get ya down. Keep up the great work!

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Old 06-19-2005, 09:44 PM
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Whoa, that's pretty heavy indeed, it'd scare the life out of me to see that many coppers come after me. That's very heavy-handed of the parents, I presume, to dob you into the police-- if they were concerned they should have approached you themselves and spoken to you. I'm sure the misunderstanding could have been cleared right there. Kids are an extremely grey subject matter these days-- best to ask before pointing a camera at them. Otherwise it seems like an unfortunate mix of people and circumstance but it should hopefully remain a one-off so don't let it get to you.

You should try to get yourself over here some time Peter, I'm becoming more convinced that Australia is the most laid-back place for street photography. No less "wary" but the authorities usually have enough common sense to not hassle anybody about trivial stuff. (I think the police are too understaffed here to worry about upholding non-existent photography bans.) As long as you aren't a mafia member, involved in illicit drugs, are a corrupt surgeon, ripping off pensioners, joyriding in trams or are sharing pornography via the computers at work you'll get by OK here :)

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Old 06-21-2005, 04:55 AM
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I am outraged by the situation you found yourself in. I have no advice and no consolation either, because it is unfair and is the result of a perverse sense of insecurity.
Keep posting your brand of good photos. Know that they are good.
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Old 06-23-2005, 02:27 AM
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That is just awful. I have to say that there are many disadvantages to being a woman photographer, but in this situation, I'm sorry to say, your gender's working against you. I can imagine that some idiot alarmist might assume you were a pedophile -- but to call the police???? That is way out of line! And they actually came! Poor you. Don't they know the real pervs stick to cell-phone cameras (famous among pervs in Japan)? Kidding. Anyway, sorry to hear that. Keep shooting.
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Old 06-25-2005, 04:25 AM
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That realy sucks. Thank God I live in Asia and not North America anymore. Though I dont take many people photos, its nice to know that i wont be suspected of pedophilia or terrorism just for taking photos.
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Old 06-25-2005, 03:38 PM
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Well can't really advice you on this one cause i've never been involved in such a situation (and hope i never will). In Portugal people are not very confortable when someone point a camara at you but i dunno something like this could happens... ahh you don't have enought cop's to persuilt all photographers either ehehehe

Well, i'm glad you overcome all this with a cool sense of humor!

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