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Saturday, 14 February 2009

Wake up Australia and STOP being so bloody paranoid!

Every month or so we hear another story about a photographer being escorted off the beach or out of the park by the police. Generally the police are reacting to a complaint from a "concerned member of the public" about someone taking.... "Pictures!"

What?... "Pictures???"...... SHOCK HORROR DISMAY!!!! "Pictures!" How dare they!

Well it's time that the Australian public pulled their head in (or "out" as the case may be) and understood THE LAW!

It's time that our local law enforcement officers put down the donut and stuck their nose in a LAW BOOK!

It's time that our life savers and council workers got off their high-horse and realised that they are meddling in areas in which THEY HAVE NO AUTHORITY!

It's time that the Australian Media STOPPED being the conduit of misinformation and BS and started reflecting the TRUE rights of the photographer and not painting a blanket cover of "Weirdo" over us all! (Yeah I know.... the media and the "truth" are mutually exclusive, but I can hope can't I?)

In 99.9% of cases, photographers are NOT doing anything wrong. In fact, I would go as far to say that if you can "see" a photographer, then you can be 100% certain that he is NOT "up to no good".

A whack-job with a camera is NOT a photographer! A whack-job with a camera is simply that.... "A WHACK-JOB WITH A CAMERA!"

Will you "see" a whack-job with a camera? Most likely NOT! He or she will take their photographs by surreptitious means. Does anyone really think these weirdos will put themselves and their camera in full view if they are up to no good? Of course not..... SO LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE!

Please remember this......

1: Photographers are NOT automatically terrorists!
2: Photographers are NOT automatically pedophiles!
3: Photographers have the right to photograph in public places, where subjects have no reasonable expectation to privacy.
4: When in public, people do NOT have the right NOT to be photographed. This is the LAW!!
5: Photographers are the VICTIMS of uneducated law enforcement, the media and it's misguided group of followers.

End of rant.... but here are a few more exclamation marks for good measure. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1 comment:

  1. I love it. Word for bloody word!
    Nice rant ... the media and security/cops should pick this up and educate themselves.
    They wouldn't know what 'reasonable expectation of privacy' was or what legal document it comes from.