This isn’t exactly a posting about photography in the same sense as my other offerings, but something I just read left me with a distinct feeling of sadness and unease.
If you are reading this post I would assume you found it because you utilized the tag surfing feature in WordPress.com and had at least selected “photography” as a tag. And if that is true then it’s very possible you have an active interest in photography. And if this is true then it’s very likely you participate in the process/art of photography. And if this is true then it’s quite likely you too have found yourself out and about, snapping pictures of local landscapes without a care in the world. And if you have done such then it’s very likely you have never encountered a situation similar to the one described here.
Deranged, isn’t it?
How does society appropriately weigh security against paranoia? Where is the dividing line between genuine and reasonable concern for the health and well-being of my fellow man and being stupid? Since when was it a crime to photograph the countryside? Since when was taking pictures of the countryside raised to a level such as to necessitate a call to the police?
All I know is that I’m very happy to be able to head up to my local park so that I can take some pictures and not become a party of interest to the police.
Well…..not yet at least.