Thursday, May 07, 2009

400TH POST - POLICEMAN FRAMED AT BLUES FESTIVAL SEE RED

Police call in Red Cross to help catchAlign Center the phantom Ramsey Daily Photo Blogger. Last seen in Laxey. Armed and Dangerous do not approach for fear of being captured by her death ray lens.

4OOTH Post

Can you really be arrested for this image? Read on.


Well if I was in the UK I could be arrested for capturing this image, snapping coppers/bobbies/Police on the job. As I live in a lawless society(Ok not really but the Isle Of Man does have it's own rules, regs, Government etc I should be OK. Actually may well be carted off to the Police Station for this arresting site on the grounds of..... no can't tell you. If they haven't worked it out yet I'm not exactly going to signpost it am I. In case you think this some kind of fancy dress party (?) as the policeman is wearing a white hat and not the usual dark hat associated with British Bobbies I'll just kick that theory in to touch.


It's been a blast daily posting(not always daily) and I hope to continue. Hopefully this image will be seen for what it is a photo of a working Policeman greeting the Red Cross .. Nothing more nothing less. Just a visually pleasing blending of colours, occupations, street life, not a threat to crown and country. Want to know what the new UK laws state see link below.


Jailed for photographing a copper
Criminal act
Photography laws UK




Who said you can't have humour with this serious subject. The non laughing Policeman perhaps.



49 comments:

marley said...

Many congrats on 400! And what a photo to go out with! Lol!

I think I've made my views known about these issues before, having photographed police and having run ins with over zealous security guards! To me it stinks. But thats the great nation we live in...

Pam said...

I am right behind you B. Off subject but I have enjoyed the red themed images this week. My daughter had her camera taken off her by the Police for photographing a vandalised
phonebox, and we live in Ely. The real criminals get off "Scott Free"

Brian Miller said...

congrats on 400. nice catch, if you get one call, swap it for blog time and will send bail money. lol.

laxeylass said...

Not the Laxey photo I was expecting but it is funny. How long have you been here? Can't touch you if you class as a Manx worker.

Frank said...

A huge congradulations on your
400th post. That is terrific and no small feat ...and it had to be of law enforcement?? You bad, bad girl.

Brad said...

Power to the bloggers.

That policeman is a little over weight. I could out run him.

Jay said...

Thanks for the Photography and the Law link! It confirms everything I thought was the case, including the one about photographing private property from a footpath - I was challenged on that recently, so it's nice to know I was within my rights.

Good to have clarity on whether or not people are allowed to stop, search, and delete cards, too!

Jacob said...

Sometimes it is worth a risk to get the right colors, like these.

Not to worry, either, for some of us at CDP will bail you out, should that become necessary!

Prof said...

Always thought behind the jocular posts beat the heart of a serious intellectual.I applaud you for this post. Thanks too for the links. Now I know where I stand.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm aways a bit afraid to take pictures of cops. One I took was published, but I am always worried--this one has a nice composition.

Cloudia said...

400- wow!
FREE BABOOSHKA!
Aloha

Virginia said...

400 and many zillionx to come I hope B!!!! Love the red/fluorescent green!
V

ROSIDAH said...

Congrats on the 400th post! I hope there will be many more precious moments to share. Have a great day :)

chrome3d said...

That´s too bad. How about all the tourists who want to snap a pic of a bobby or one of those unmoving stiff guard soldiers? Hah hah, send them to jail! They will have a story to tell in their postcards.

Lily Hydrangea said...

congrats on 400 posts Babooshka! A very funny post for today as well.
& I will be happy to check out many of your links.

Meead said...

I fully support you Babooshka. You know, I think they are discriminating against some obvious rights in the name of security and anti-terrorism. Imagine using knife and fork for eating food in public gets banned because maybe one day someone may use it to threat someone else. Is it really a good excuse? I don't think so.

Free Babooshka, the Ramsey Daily Photographer!

bitingmidge said...

I will hide files in my posts from now on, so you can grab them and saw your way out of jail.

This whole UK paranoia thing is a bit over the top about now I think. I'll have to test it all out shortly, perhaps you can be my trial case?

Cheers!

Sunshine Coast Daily Photo - Australia

Ming the Merciless said...

Congratulations on your 400th post.

Don't get arrested for whatever reason. We would miss you and your blog.

Dina said...

Good one, brave Babooshka!
Mazal tov on your 400 posts. On to the next 400 now.
Shalom and stay out of trouble. :)

Rather be Flying said...

Cheers on 400th!
The young guys in red seem to be celebrating with you - at least they seem very happy. And aren't Bobbies fair game for photo shooters if they are not looking your way? Must be a rule like that in UK too.

Hyde DP said...

A quote from one of the links "in order to verify a person's actions as being entirely innocent, police officers are expected to engage and seek clarification where appropriate."
What happened to presumed innocent? And the frightening word there for me is "entirely"
I meet for coffee regularly these days with a couple of local community police but have not yet had the courage to broach the subject with them for fear of getting the wrong answer.

Olivier said...

400th post, le temps passe vite...Félicitation et bonne continuité
400th post, the time quickly passes... Congratulations and good continuity

one planet said...

congrats .. sometimes i wonder why it is so difficult

White Oleander said...

Congratulations! I wonder if I'll be arrested if I take pictures of cops in Montreal...

Babooshka said...

Off to work folks. Good to see your thoughts on this one. Just reading some very scary news articles re UK photography laws. So will be posting a copper soon on your blog? Not done with this yet. Like the Milkshake(bad service should be cold not warm) this subject is more than one post.

Anonymous said...

Just keep on keeping on doing what you're doing.

Bibi said...

Gosh, I wonder if anything like this exists in the US. I'm fairly certain you can photograph a policeman there...

Like the bright colors...and the fact you did nab this shot.

Brett said...

Just like to highlight my post about the UK governments treatment of the Gurkha's, please give it a quick look. http://365to42.blogspot.com/2009/05/what-price-honour.html

kRiZ cPEc said...

Oh, that's not a photogrpaher friendly reg. I don't like that...and typppppppeeeeeeeeeee ooon! Free yourself. :)

lynn said...

I know, it's ridiculous isn't it, this new law. I've joined the Photography is Not a Crime group on FB. I haven't come up against any trouble myself yet in photographing policemen... :)

Reader Wil said...

Congratulations on your 400th post. I didn't know we were counting, for I passed 400 a couple of weeks ago. This post is very amusing! And the photo is great!

Deslilas said...

Congratulations for your blog and 400th post.
Freedom is in danger even in our countries. Habeas corpus and "Déclaration des droits de l'homme" must be protected !

Jim said...

It is a good shot, I would be drawn by the colors. But there are a lot of laws. I wonder what ours are over here?

Snapshutter said...

Someday society will look back and realize the ridiculousness of treating photographers like potential terrorist suspects. With today's technology anyone could get all the pictures they want without drawing attention, so WHY WOULD THEY not do so if up to no good?

There are to many simple minded in charge it appears. But we all know it's not always the smart ones that make the rules.

BarkerBitesBack said...

What I would like to know is if people are stopped from taking photos in the street because they might be used by terrorists, how come Google Street was allowed to drive round and photograph every nook and cranny of all major British cities and put them all on line for everyone to see, including potential terrorists? It just doesn't make any sense. This stupid law is all about control and stopping people getting evidence against the police when they break the law.

Hilda said...

Congratulations on your 400th post, Babooshka! And thank you too — both for the photos and the crazy, fun, serious commentary.

I just pray that Manila's laws will never go this far. I already have problems with over-zealous security guards…

Gordon said...

Congratulations on your 400th post. You do a great job; great photos and commentary. Your links this time make very interesting reading.

Becky said...

That's pretty ridiculous that it's considered a federal offense to photograph an emergency worker in action. I had no idea that was illegal in the UK.

Chuck Pefley said...

Barker does make a very good point. Lots of great info there for the taking. (no pun intended) As always, societal rules and values swing from side to side and constantly moving between correction and over-correction. Never see status-quo.

Stay out of trouble ... and always wear either your heavy boots or fleet plimsoles -:)

Susie of Arabia said...

Hey, maybe you'll be able to get out early for good behavior - ah, wait a minute - Babooshka? Nah!
Congrats on your 400th post! You're too funny!!!

Lisa Wilson said...

Congrats on 400!! I had no idea it was such a big deal to photograph cops there! My husband is a cop and since we're in a tourist town, the cops get photographed pretty often.

Mo said...

Congrats on post 400. Keep em coming.
I feel as strongly as you on the photographer rights issue. (maybe even stronger). having been stopped several times by over zealous security guards. Was even told once I couldn't take a picture of Tower Bridge! Excuse me. The Uk has more security cameras than anywhere in the world. We are photographed hundreds of times a day. Local councils even use these pictures to knowingly spy on individuals. We have had cases of elderly folk being spied upon to see what they put in their rubbish for gods sake. We have council cars with cameras on roaming the streets. We have the google car taking pictures posting them on the internet. And we cant take a picture of a bobby? Hmm something wrong here. I took several photos at the G20 protests. (Along with many others) Our photos proved the police were using unnecessary violence on individuals. It is a scary thought to imagine that this could not happen. What powers would they assume if the public couldn't record these events. Especially when some removed their ID badges. I could go on... We must fight for the rights of photographers!

Mojo said...

I was... hassled isn't the right word exactly, but I had occasion to take a couple of shots of some Secret Service types at an Obama rally last fall. No big shakes, the agent in question simply asked me to delete the shots of him and his partner, which I did and we called it done. No threats, no bullsh... erm... anyway, I can see in their case why they wouldn't want photographs. I mean they're called the Secret Service after all, right? And they're frequently working undercover and suchlike and I'm not gonna be the next Karl Rove outing a secret agent!

Anyway, my point is that there doesn't have to be a lot of drama about it. We can all peacefully coexist. But apparently not in the UK? What the F. Lee Bailey is that all about?

tapirgal said...

The police make such great material! They're in our lives daily, whether we see them driving down the street, directing traffic, or whatever. I snapped a photo in New York the other day on my visit, knowing it probably wouldn't come out well in the low light, but it was an interesting image of life in the city, and that's all I saw it as. The officer came over to me, "Ma'am!" I was fast, "Do you want me to delete it?" And I started to do just that, didn't want any trouble. He said, "No, you can keep the photo. But if you see want to take a picture of officers at work, ask first!" Interesting angle, and I wouldn't have thought of it! I hear that they will often oblige, unless, of course, they are too busy to be bothered.

magiceye said...

lol!

that was a good one...

BarkerBitesBack said...

We're singing from the same songsheet Mo.

Dusty Lens said...

First of all, congratulations on yourth post. I enjoy your photography, wit, humor and have learned much as well as being inspired.

But what is going on in our society? Talk about poor public relations with the UK's police and it's citizens. Is it not the duty of the police to protect and to serve? You would think that they would want a cozy relationship with the citizens they serve and protect rather than antagonizing the general public.

It's a shame the politicians and bureaucrats create so many useless, needless laws to pit it's officials against the people. "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Be safe, there are photographers lurking about.

Carolina said...

Okay, this puts a whole new meaning to 'nice shot'! You could be jailed for up to 10 years. I mean....whatever does photographing a policeman have to do with terrorism. Or am I just stupid for not understanding that? Actually shooting a policeman (which I don't recommend) will probably put you away for half that time. The world is a strange place.

Nice shot though! Oops! Sorry! Nice PHOTO!
Glad you weren't actually jailed. I would have sent you a cake with a nailfile in it.

Linda said...

I once got a real ticking off for asking if I could take a photo of a police dog. It was a cute dog. It wasn't doing anything secret that I could see. And one black labrador looks much the same as another - to anyone except its owner, I suppose. Still puzzling over that one...

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