Surprising and adventurous story of how my camera got lost and found. I mentioned my old story in a recent blog post about a lost camera and I told I too managed to loose a big and heavy camera once. Like many others. It is a years old story, what I wanted to publish many times, but I never did ever since. Here is the story I learned at least one very important lesson.
Covid pandemic dominates media and our lives on all levels. Photographer community takes it devastated too. The economic effects among photography businesses are impossible to predict and the way out is hard to see for anyone.
I had a blog post roughly ten years ago with the title Rather go to drive a bus. Of course it is a tad bit(?) demagogue approach of the economic aspects. The current is none less so. However the current pandemic especially puts an emphasis on the differences of the the two professions.
A San Diegoi police officer unholstered his gun because he was unable to decide if a camera or weapon is aimed at him by a cameraman. The frighetned photographer resisted to put down the camera, but in the end the conflict ended without gunshot.
US sites mostly shared this story as an example for the restriction of photographers’ rights, abuse and police brutality. However it is also a very important to think about how you communicate with officials.
An interesting legal debate started when Steven Spielberg (employees) didn’t allow a photographer to take paparazzi photos of a movie shooting on the streets of New York. Security guards did everything they could to prevent photographing the movie shooting. They installed blockades, canvases, privacy screens and held umbrellas in front of the photographer to block his view. Photographer in return sued the movie company for infringing First amendment rights as New York streets are private property and it is part of freedom of speech to take photos of things happening on the streets.
I don’t like to go into sophistry in photo techniques. Firstly because so many other photographers do it, I don’t want to join the queue. Secondly, there are so many different views and approaches one cannot expect everyone to follow the same rules all the time and think everyone is mistaken for doing things in a different way.
Few days ago I wrote about the photo gear theft at Hungaroring photo centre last weekend and I wouldn’t want to come back to he theft topic again. However I have to write about this too. At Sziget Festival you should also watch out for your valuables. In the big crowd it is just as easy to loose something accidentally as it is possible to run into thieves and get things stolen.
Really expensive photography gear was stolen from the photographers’ room at Hungaroring this weekend. The victims filed charges against the unknown perpetrator and police started the investigation. You however take it as a reminder to always be on alert for your gear to never suffer similar losses!
I got involved in a very interesting debate with a few colleagues about photographing the recovery of the capsised and sank passanger boat Mermaid. Some of them were complaining for some of his “really good” photos not getting published because TEK (short name for Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Centre) banned them.
I wrote about the photographing of a lot of various situations on the blog including their regulation aspects too. Now elections are coming in Hungary…