[Video] Photographer Vs. Security: The Ultimate Showdown

How would you react if security officers told you that you were breaking the law by photographing a building from public property? One British photographer was faced with just that question, and here is how he reacted.

Our protagonist, a photographer using the alias 'Hamst' to write about his experiences on a blog called Visit Scunthorpe had said that he had enough of being hassled over snapping innocent photos at events such as local sporting events. Hamst goes on to say:

"A couple of years ago I was challenged whilst taking photos at a local under 14’s football match in which my son was taking part. I’d taken photos at numerous matches over the years and posted them to the football teams web page on Facebook, something which had caused no bother and the players loved tagging themselves and using them as profile pictures, both my sons team and the opposition. However, after this challenge and thinking I had gone some way to reassure the parent that there was no malice intended I thought I should look deeper into the law and photography within the UK than I previously had."

Armed with his newly-acquired knowledge, Hamst had gone months without incident, until late last year when he was wandering around his town snapping photographs. Almost immediately after arriving at this location to take photos, security guards at this Golden Wonder plant (a UK manufacturer of snacks) were approaching Hamst and trying to get him to leave. The guards cited non-existent laws and attempted to bully and intimidate him into leaving. After viewing the video, how would you have reacted? Did the photographer act appropriately, or was he overstepping his bounds and looking for trouble? What are your thoughts on how the security officers handled this?

Via r/photography

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I am an ex policeman.  I can tell you that the photographer had the right to take a picture of the building if he was on public property.  Good thing that security guard did not lay a hand on him...then the photographer would of been in his rights to use the proper force to counter his assailant and that would simply be self defense.

In this instance, I would not blame the security guard for his ignorance, despite the fact that he/she should be aware of basic laws, but companies that hire security guards should monitor more closely the training of these "security guards".

I also encountered a similar situation and the guard said "I've called the police, I guess we will see who's at fault here!"  I replied "Good, turns out I'm an ex-cop and I know my rights. Guess you will soon be looking like an idiot."

Police showed up and they met with me claiming I was acting suspicious like.  I showed proper ID, explained why I was there and assured them I had stayed on public property while I took the pictures.  They then went back to the guard and informed him of my rights and that I had done nothing wrong or suspicious. 

Of course, I would always suggest being cooperative when the police show up in these situations.

Cheers

The link to the video is not working :(

why is the link not working, is YouTube now following rules that don't exist?

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