Err, a funny story this week about how a blogger got stopped by security guards for taking pictures of t-shirts. Joe Madden runs a WordPress blog called Meaningless T-Shirts. It’s about those T-Shirts which have random fake slogans on them often referencing places and dates for no discernable reason – San Marino 1982 etc. Just a nice simple image blog with captions.
So he takes pictures of these T-Shirts in various shops but in both Primark and H&M he was stopped by security, and accused of “spying”. In Primark he was forced to delete the images from his phone.
We’re not even going to go into why this is a stupid reason. But it’s part of a wider attitude to photographers that is making it hard to take photographs in public place. This article covers police harrassment of photographers snapping police action and this one mentions restrictions on street photography in the UK.
Surely neither H&M nor Primark have any right to restrict photography in the public part of their shops..?
Nice post on this over on BitterWallet.