Yesterday, I’ve taken part in the Mass Photo Gathering at Trafalgar Square in support of the I’m a Photographer, not a Terrorist campaign. This morning, seeing thousands of pictures and good news coverage that followed this campaign, I am hopeful that something may change.
I count myself as lucky – unlike many, I never had to confront the police when taking pictures in public places or was stopped and search, or even arrested (yes, stories of photographers being arrested on suspicion of terrorism are countless). Mainly because I move swiftly when asked to leave by the security guards. However, the number of times I was questioned about my photography, even when clearly taking portraits of people (clients!), is astonishing. I was stopped at St Pancras station, and St Albans station (a guard ran from platform 1 to platform 6 because I was taking pictures of one of the station screens), at Elephant and Castle bus interchange (private property, no pictures), even outside Queen’s House at Greenwich Park, while on a portrait photoshoot!
ProPhoto3 – a new version of a fantastic Wordpress template for professional photographers – has been officially released last week, and what an update! Together with other photographers, I’ve been beta-testing the new release throughout December, and was thoroughly impressed with the new functionality. What’s more Jared & Matt and the rest of the ProPhoto team were not just concerned with bug-fixing: they really listened to all our feedback and suggestions and made many feature requests part of the new release. I couldn’t be happier!