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Edinburghs Facist Winter Wonderland
22-DEC-2007

Edinburgh's Facist Winter Wonderland

A public park in Edinburgh

Edinburgh council has set up a skating rink for christmas in Princes Street Gardens, a public park in the centre of the city.
I went there for a while today when shopping and, no sooner had I taken my Nikon out of the bag, I was challenged by a 'security' guard who told me photography was not allowed.
I argued politely with the guard, saying that there is no law against taking pictures of people in public areas, but he was not listening and threatened to have me removed and to call the police.
I really wanted to stand my ground but could see the situation would escalate.
So I left but with a very bitter taste in my mouth, really for the implicit suggestion that I was up some nefarious activity.
Strange the guard chose not to evict the dozens of other people with small point-and-shoot cameras and mobile 'phones. I guess having a DSLR is the sign of a paedophile, or something.

On a different note, the picture of the skater in the background is a reference to the famous picture by Sir Henry Raeburn
entitled "Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch" painted in about 1795.
I do wonder whether 'security' challenged Sir Henry with his evil brushes and canvas.






Some last minute christmas shopping today in Edinburgh, so I thought I would take the Nikon and get a few candids.

Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
WMM2936, 1/500s f/4.5 at 80.0mm iso400 full exif

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Gail Davison22-Dec-2007 21:16
It's outrageous! I agree with Ray - you should contact the city solicitor. It's awful that we are all made to feel like law breakers!
Zak22-Dec-2007 19:55
been there got the t-shirt ;-)
David Anderson22-Dec-2007 17:41
Bill you might be interested in the following:
http://flickr.com/groups/edinburghphotographers/discuss/72157603237226703/
Ray :)22-Dec-2007 16:43
I have made a formal complaint to the Police regarding outright an untrue statement which I believe was designed to stop me taking photographs in a very ordinary street because they were bored. In this situation, I would contact the City Council's solicitor to get the facts - we just can't let them get away with it.
David Anderson22-Dec-2007 16:16
I can understand why you didn't stand your ground Bill, I would probably have done the same in those circumstances. What is needed is for a large group of photographers to go there and see if they arrest them all for capturing photons in public without their permission.
Naomi Sheaffer22-Dec-2007 16:06
I've had similiar experiences. Just be sure you're wearing comfortable shoes, in case you need to make a run for it! ;) This is a lovely shot, though. Happy Holidays!
Dan Chusid22-Dec-2007 15:43
It's a shame what it's all come down to for photographers.
If you had been carrying a rifle they probably wouldn't have noticed.
: )
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