Lois Romer

Bentleigh, Australia

Melbourne based photographer who loves photographing landscapes, cityscapes, abstracts, historic sites and other cultures. Love travel...

photographers rights

Today whilst out on the Melbourne photo meet at docklands I witnessed another photographer (unknown to us) being accosted by 5 guys. This man had just wandered in between 2 of the old wharf sheds and had taken a photo. Firstly a guy on a forklift stormed up and started yelling at him, then immediately a security guard and 2 other men rushed over and I could see them starting to push this man and demand to know what he had photographed. After he showed then what he photographed ( a red fire hydrant) they exchanged more harsh words and ordered him to move off. I then took it upon my self to go and talk to this photographer who was mighty annoyed as the area was not fenced off, no signs saying it was private property and at the end of that wharf there happens to be artwork which is bathtubs or sinks suspended over the water. Whilst chatting to him I walked towards the fire hydrant with him and I started to photograph it to which the security guard came over and starting to speak, I gave him no chance to speak telling him in no uncertain that as this was a public wharf and we had not gone inside the sheds to photograph whatever business they where running we had every right to be there and to take photos of the urban landscape, A few more very long and technical sounding words where used by me to which the security guard ended up unable to argue against and I walked off telling him to leave photographers alone. I am wondering what other peoples opinions of this are.

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