Saturday, April 05, 2008


traditional english public telephones outside Uxbridge station

When was the last time you used a public telephone? I'm sure you'd remember as they are dirty, smelly and most likely to be malfunctioning. In front of Uxbridge Tube station three red boxes are kept for nostalgic reasons, I guess.

Using the slogan "If you suspect it, report it," the Metropolitan Police bombards us with messages on the radio (another obsolete medium) and posters to make sure to dial in any suspicious behaviour and are specifically targeting photographers: "Thousands of people take photos everyday, what if one of them seems odd?" No doubt these telephone boxes do classify as security arrangements and I do have a beard so I'm highly suspicious! ^_^;;
A couple of London photographers hit back with modified posters with texts like: "Millions of people take photos every day. Some of them are brown. Please do not shoot them." No doubt referring to the De Menezes shooting.

Update: 17 April, 2008, there is a very good article about the issue of photographers rights on the BBC webpage. If you're a UK resident, you should sign this petition to the Prime Minister.

Camera: Pentax MZ-S, lens: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO