The Police and Security are not the only ones
It's not just your local bobby or security jobsworth out to spoil photograpers fun either. I am new to photography (Well only the last few years). But in the last year or so I have encountered aggressive and beligerent doo gooder members of the public accusing me of being a pervert (In so many words) on at least 3 occasions.
"Oi! Did you just take a photo of my kids?"
"No? Why would I? Even if I did it's not against the law in a public space"
"Well don't! Or else!" etc.
Just last Saturday whilst out in a wooded area on a public foothpath I was accosted by a nutter with a big dog because I took a snapshot of a tyre swing behind a fence overgrown with foilage. Angrily he came marching up to me
"What do you wanna take a photo of that for?"
"That's my business" I replied.
There then ensued an argument with threats and cries of 'protecting the children' (Remember this was Saturday and not a child was to be seen anywhere and in fact we were the only two people there).
I ended up retreating mainly because we were alone (No witnesses), he had a big dog and I wanted my equipment to remain intact.
Effing numpties and Mirror/Sun waiving twats!
I have now printed up some cards to take with me to be handed out whenever these idiots approach me.
It reads thus.
"I am NOT a sexual predator or pervert.
I am NOT a terrorist.
I am an ‘Amateur Photographer’ enjoying my hobby in a PUBLIC SPACE and as such under current law I am free to peacefully take photos of anything and anyone (Including minors). There is no entitlement, nor expectation of privacy within a public area by anyone. Any attempt to molest me or my equipment will be seen as assault and as such I WILL contact the police and press charges. If you do not wish to be photographed, then please ask me politely. I will stop doing so and delete any images already taken (If any). If you wish to view some samples of my work please visit
I Thank you for your understanding in this matter."
The website is just a temporary site as I don't trust anyone enough to send them to my Flickr site.
Such is the shit that photographers are having to put up with these days.