I urge everyone to attend a mass photo gathering in defence of street photography on January 23rd at Midday in Trafalgar Square organised by the pressure group I’m a Photographer not a Terrorist.
As their website eloquently states:
Photography is under attack. Across the country it that seems anyone with a camera is being targeted as a potential terrorist, whether amateur or professional, whether landscape, architectural or street photographer.
Not only is it corrosive of press freedom but creation of the collective visual history of our country is extinguished by anti-terrorist legislation designed to protect the heritage it prevents us recording.
This campaign is for everyone who values visual imagery, not just photographers.
We must work together now to stop this before photography becomes a part of history rather than a way of recording it.
Images are funny things though and far be it from me to suggest that our rights are being eroded on a day to day basis by those that seek to make our lives more secure… but here are just a few recent developments to may be of interest:
The Children’s Secretary sets out £400m plan to put 20000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV supervision in their own homes
CCTV Cameras fitted in homes to spy on neighbours
Pubs ordered to close because of lack on CCTV
Talking TV cameras in London
But it’s OK because soon, the State will be able to ‘spy’ on every ‘phone call or web search anyway
And let’s not forget that private security operators can join in the fun too
It’s all for your own good. Welcome to the future…