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Sunday, 27 September 2009



A Photography enthusiast says he was made to feel like a criminal and had to call a doctor out after police stopped him filming in a Cheshire park.

The 58-year-old man has pledged to never to return to Town Hall Park in Runcorn after being treated like a 'suspected paedophile', according to the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News.

It is understood that a member of the public had made a complaint to a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) after the photographer was seen near a children's play area. The photographer, who declined to be named to avoid 'further humiliation', told the newspaper. 'I've been taking photographs there for 35 years. I was filming when the PCSO told me to stop'.

The PCSO reportedly asked him for ID, and ran his name through a computer, but declined to view the captured images. The photo enthusiast was told that if any more complaints were made he would be arrested and his camera gear seized. 'I feel vilified and persecuted even though I was just a private citizen going about my business,' said the photographer. "When I went home I was in shock and had to call the GP out".

A police spokesman told AP: 'A local police community support officer was on patrol in the park on Friday (11 September). "Whilst on patrol he saw a man filming near the children's play area and advised how his actions could be construed. At no point was the man told to stop filming".

From an article in Amateur Photographer magazine, 3 October 2009.


The whole ruddy World has gone mad. I think that I will have to start wearing a vest/bib with the words "I am a Photographer, Not a Terrorist nor a Paedophile, and it is Not a Crime to take Photographs in a Public Place". Or would that make me more of a target for the "Mentally Retarded Moron's" that I have already encountered locally on my photographic travels and daily business.


  1. This is a really scary story. Dave and I had a similar (but not quite as extreme) incident when we were taking notes on an underground station in London for a writing project we were working on. Security asked us to leave the station but thankfully the police didn't get involved. It was terrorism they were worried about in our case. It's getting harder to be a practising artist of any kind in a public space, I think.

  2. Sorry to hear about your experience (of a similar nature to this article). Yes it does seem that after 9/11 and other related issues it is becoming hard to express yourself creatively and artistically whilst in the public domain.

    One of the other contributing factors for this as well I believe is the explosion in "digital photography" with regards virtually everyone having access to a camera or camera phone.

    I also belive that there is currently this public hysteria that everyone is either a "Terrorist or a Paedophile". Yes the whole World as gone mad.




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All the photographs featured on this blog spot were taken on Canon analog 35mm SLR cameras which included: Canon A1, Canon AE1 (non-programme) and Canon T90. The Canon A1 was rendered useless after prolonged exposure to salt spray residue, and the AE1 suffered a malfunction, and one of my T90s just packed up on me during a photographic shoot.

Most of my camera equipment was initially purchased brand new, then as the years have past I have purchased second-hand equipment. But the vast majority of equipment I currently possess is well over twenty years old.

Canon FD lenses used were: 28, and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard, 35-105mm short telephoto zoom and a 70-210mm large telephoto zoom lenses. Also used was a loaned Mamiya 645 with 50 and 80mm lenses. My favourite combination is a T90 fitted with the 35-105mm lens with an Hoya orange filter. I use Hoya orange, red, neutral density, and skylight filters. Hoya and Canon lens hoods. A Canon remote cable. I have used a great Metz 45 CT-4 flashgun for many years. I used this for the bounced and fill-in flash for some of the documentary and portraiture work.

Studio flash used was Courtenay brolly flash (just two heads fitted with soft boxes) at Hull Community Artworks studio (sadly this excellent local arts facility closed in 2001). Billingham and Tamrac camera bags (the Billingham is a old model that I have had for years - wonderful bags). The Tamrac one is a medium sized back pack type bag. Slik Black Diamond 88, and 500 DX Pro tripods. A Cullmann touring set (which consists of a light tripod, ball and swivel head, all-purpose clamp, suction cap, and a ground spike). I presently have three Canon T90 and one A1 SLR cameras.

Film used was mainly 35mm (with some 120mm). Ilford Delta monochrome negative print film, 100 asa (a few rolls of 400 asa as well). Ilford HP5 and FP4 (400 and 125 asa respectively). Fuji Neopan 400 asa. Various Fuji colour film. Photographic chemicals: Ilford ID-11 and Microphen film developers. Agfa Rodinal fine grain film developer, and Ilford Hypam fixer.

Photographic paper: Ilford Multigrade IV VC paper, Fibre based VC paper including warm and cool tone. Kentmere Velvet Stipple and Art Document papers. Kodak selenium toner. Barclay and Fotospeed sepia toners, and Colorvir blue toner. Durst M60 and Meopta 5 enlargers fitted with 50 and 80mm Schneider lenses. Kenro negative sheets and Jessops negative folders.

Most of my photography involves the use of the camera being securely mounted onto the tripod, with the shutter set to the 10 second delay. I bracket my exposures (relying on the excellent Canon in-camera meter). My aperture settings are usually between F5.6 and F22. In the vast majority of cases the very first exposure I take is usually the correctly exposed one.

Finished photographic prints (spotted if needed). At the 10 x 8 inch size are then scanned on an Epsom 1660 photo perfection scanner using Adope Photoshop CS2 at the 5.5 x 3.5 inch image or canvas size, 150 dpi and at the 750 x 550 pixels size, and saved as for the web. The only thing that is manipulated is the brightness balance and contrast levels.


"It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair protest.

It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

From: "Fighting for Queen and Country,
by Nigel 'Spud' Ely. Blake Publishing London, 2007.