• Christopher Westcott

    Some 9 years ago I captured an image of a train entering an above ground station on the northern line (within the line and not using flash). I embarked the same train only to listen to an announcement aimed at me made by the T/O, claiming that taking photos on the Underground was a criminal offence.

    It wasn’t then and its not now….

    The only advice I’d ever give, is that enthusiasts obtain permission from Station Supervisors at stations where they wish to capture images.

  • Carleton Foxx

    Here in America where our government is now run by the National Rifle Association, you’re more likely to get stopped for carrying a Nikon than you are for a Glock.

  • Ernest Burden

    Yes, in NY by NYPD. Standing on a public corner with a hand-held camera, a big van full of officers pulled up, got out and questioned me.
    Plenty of other times by private security while taking photos from a public space.
    I am an architectural illustrator.

  • Paul Dishman

    Stopped a few times. Once on the roof of a multi storey car park in Wakefield when I was taking city regeneration shots – 4 security staff worried I was shooting the prison which was the other way and of no interest. Tried to get me to delete and refused then escorted off the premises. 5 minutes later stopped from shooting in station -hesitant even after showing them a permission email that just required me not to show train branding. Stopped numerous times in Millennium Square Leeds where the council hold major events but occasionally enforce photography rules which seem only to prohibit dslr use. I always stop and move on when requested then come back later ;-). never any trouble with the Police – only security guards that don`t know the law. Once I was asked to stop taking a rather amusing set of images of a long Police line with officers and PCSOs misunderstanding get in line instructions and forming a hokey kokey line of officers of widely varying heights. They each held the hips of the one in front with their sergeant bellowing they were idiots at them A more senior officer came and said “Please don`t post these shots – I know you can legally but it`s bad enough having to work with these idiots without seeing it in social media” and laughed with me.

  • anticrustes

    yes, by an AMTRAK cop in NJ, USA, for photographing their corporate logo on the wall of a building. i reminded the cop that AMTRAK hosts photography contests of its rolling stock, etc. he was not impressed. he then followed me to my platform to verify that i was not taking pictures of the rails. i filed a formal complaint and provided an hour of testimony to their IG department. while no action was taken, my comments went on record against him,

  • Jons Junk

    Yes, in Rome, Italy.

  • David Swann

    Canary Wharf in London – The police / security will often stop people with ‘professional cameras’ (aka dslr usually mounted on a tripod!), but assure them that you are not photographing security cameras or (bizarrely) entrances to buildings and they are fine with it. The whole of Canary Wharf is private land, but they will let you photograph there.
    More London – security guards will try to stop you as it is private land, similarly the Broadgate development behind Liverpool St, security guards there will stop you if you are using a dslr on a tripod, again because it is private land.
    Tower 42 – the security guards will also try to stop you photographing from the public roadside path outside the building. They cannot do that, but they will harass you quite a bit.

  • Steve Kerry

    Apparently this photo is a threat to the shopping centre…

  • Steve Kerry

    Security personnel at the local shopping centre can forbid the use of cameras within the premises, that’s fair enough. But some of them believe they can stop people taking photos of the shopping centre from the outside, while standing on a public footpath. I had to point out several times that their powers stopped at the edge of the property, and their uniforms and badges gave them no authority whatsoever beyond that point.

  • derekmadge

    Never by police or security, although once by a store employee. That was fair enough. I was in the store and it was private property. (It was just a whimsical picture of a middle aged woman lugging a full grown German Shepherd over her shoulder; unfortunately it was a blurry shot.)

  • Scott Carey

    Though a Brazil native, I’d been living in London for a few years, back in 2004-5 and, had already heard of the incident with the AP reader in (if memory serves me well) Trafalgar Square. Fortunately by then, the PC brigade seemed to be quite dormant, deeming those years, relatively quiet ones for us Londoner snappers – specially by today’s standards.

    It transpires I was happily taking night shots, camera on tripod, of the Marylebone Flyover on Edgware road but, picture this (unintended pun), I was doing what would be totally unthinkable today: I had all my gear set just in front of Paddington Green police station!

    Given the dullness of the subject (a flyover, for Christ’s sake!), plus the fact I was still in the middle of a very steep learning curve… plus London being London, it was probably a chilly evening, I was about to call it a day, when this constable, probably on his way to/from dinner, stopped me and inquired what I was up to.

    I resisted the urge of patronizingly display my camera and tripod, with waving arms, TV-show’s-display-the-prize-fridge style, and answered the question which even then, I attributed to nothing but a sheer exercise in futility.

    His next move was asking me whether I was aware I was in front of a police station. Once again, I gave up on giving him a broad ‘are you kidding me?’ smirk and said ‘yes’ – not after giving a quick glance at the humongous building that, for those who don’t know, Paddington Green police station (bear in mind I was shooting the flyover, not said eyesore of a building).

    I immediately dismissed any of my own attempts of asking him whether there was anything wrong with it, which by the time, (months before the July 7 terror attack), I, being an AP subscriber, knew there weren’t) and just informed him, I was already packing up for a hot cuppa. At which he seemed to agree, evidences were strongly in my favour. But not before offering to show him some of my shots (luckily on that occasion, I was shooting digital) besides, I was a newbie desperate for anyone’s opinion, TBH. Anyone’s as you can see!) – at which he hastily dismissed as unnecessary.

    Whether that was out of sheer realization of how nonsensically he was conducting his impromptu interview, or that his coffee break was soon ending, I honestly will never know.

  • rompersuit

    I got stopped by the police taking pictures of trains. Don’t mind the police asking questions about it, they’ve every right and I’d like to think if someone was doing wrong, the police would do something about it..

  • Neil Charles Roberts

    Got stopped & threatened by two security officers in Cardiff by the Stadium.. They started off verbally threatening then one of them made a move to grab my £4.5k Nikon camera with expensive lens.. They didn’t know I am a brown belt in karate and the one ended up on the floor and the other looked like he just **** himself! I then informed them I wasn’t breaking any laws but they assaulted me, so it was their choice to call the Police.. They apologised and walked away…