Surveillance & Freedom

ND – Dark, Warm, Blue

We are constantly watched. I’ve written about this before. I watch people, I photograph people, places, anything interesting around me. I’m a guilty watcher then?

With the occasionally justified paranoia of security on our streets now an ever-growing symbol of our 21st century society we keep seeing people stopped and interrogated “just in case”. It’s not just colour or clothing, but anything that makes you stand out also makes you fair game. Photographers in particular are a target for suspicion, yet the vast majority of people who point a camera are merely taking innocent snaps.

What’s the difference between a pocket snap shooter camera or a cellphone camera and a high-end DSLR? The big camera may get police attention and questioning, the pocket shooter won’t, yet the camera companies want you to think it’s as capable with its overblown megapixel counts and long “telephoto” zooms.

This building in Poland’s beautiful Wroclaw has a sign that says “No Photography”. Why?

No Photography

What law have I broken? What security have I breached? I just walked down a public street. The people who own buildings like these have no qualms about pointing CCTV cameras at me and I know I’m innocent, yet I can’t snap a yellow wall with a sign. Well your sign failed, and you’re as safe as you were yesterday.

Have fun,

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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