Spotted these two ads from the bus – one promoting healthy eating; the other for a supersized burger (click for a larger version).
An interesting update from Mike, who attended the photographer’s protest at Scotland Yard this afternoon.
Counter-terrorism legislation, which comes into force today, means if a photographer takes a photograph of a police officer, they could be arrested and possibly put in jail for potentially taking a picture that ‘is likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism’.
The photo of me below, taken way back in 2001 before 9/11, was back in the ‘good old days’ when you could ham it up in front of riot police.
In protest to the Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act 2008, hundreds of photographers descended on to Scotland Yard and took endless photographs of the police there.
You can read more about the legislation at the British Journal of Photography’s website.
About nine months ago I mentioned the Downing St petition asking for clarification on photographer’s rights. The response was that:
There are no legal restrictions on photography in public places. However, the law applies to photographers as it does to anybody else in a public place. So there may be situations in which the taking of photographs may cause or lead to public order situations, inflame an already tense situation, or raise security considerations..
Each situation will be different and it would be an operational matter for the police officer concerned as to what action if any should be taken in respect of those taking photographs. Anybody with a concern about a specific incident should raise the matter with the Chief Constable of the relevant force.
After some light sleet last night, the skies opened up to reveal a beautiful, crisp afternoon. After lunch I wandered home through Regent’s Park and couldn’t resist taking a snap with my cameraphone… I wonder if this means the end of Winter?
Check out my friend Mark’s brilliant London snow photo from Monday morning – I’m very envious of such an atmopheric photo, which wouldn’t be out of place on the front page of a newspaper!
I’m going to post some of my London snow photos here over the next few days. If you can’t wait and want to see ALL of the photos not just the ones that make the cut, you can check out my Flickr album, Snowy London. Both day and night shots are included in the album. View it as a slideshow to see the versions in large format.
Today, I’m posting photos from – you guessed it – Primrose Hill. The hill turned into a tobogganing heaven for kids of all ages. Don’t have a toboggan/sled? Don’t worry. Cardboard boxes, stolen street signs, recycling box lids, breakfast trays, plastic bags wrapped around bums, and sheer willpower were used to make the glide down the hill easier. And there were plenty of crashes, near misses and tumbles.
Snowmen were created, dogs turned the snow yellow, and snowballs were thrown left, right and centre. But more of all of that next time.
Wow. I’ve just been outside and it’s an absolute winter wonderland out there! I only walked a few blocks around my flat but managed to take more than 200 photos! I may post a few more tomorrow!
Cheery people in the streets wished me a merry Christmas (one month too late, but it felt like it was the right thing to say!?).
A waiter at the Indian restaurant around the corner was in awe, saying he didn’t realise he’d see such a sight. “I heard about it on the news but I didn’t know it was happening right now,” he giggled.
“Well, I heard about it on Facebook!” I replied, and he keeled over laughing.
An old man closing up the Tapas restaurant in Belsize Park smiled and pointed to the snow being reflected by the streetlights.
Three young Europeans were posing for photographs (“London? Snow?”); I took one pic of them and they took one pic of me. Another couple who asked me about my accent took my photo in the street too, and so did a man outside a pub!
I wrote the word “Snow” on car windows – was going to advertise my website but the address is too long 🙂
A friend of mine even managed to go ‘urban snowboarding’ and posted the pics on Facebook to prove it!
There were also a few young cooks at a take away restaurant going crazy with a snowball fight!
If you want more of south London, then check out my friend Mike at Urban 75’s snow photos from earlier tonight in Brixton!
As regular readers over the years will know, the possible arrival of up to 10cm of snow in London overnight is very exciting!
Normally I’ll wander down to Primrose Hill or Regent’s Park but I think I might want to try and take photos of more urban/suburban sights this time.