So you have no doubt heard a lot about photographers being stopped and questioned for taking photographs? On the street, on public property, in shopping centres, on trains â€“ there are so many examples of this happening, and in a lot of the cases itâ€™s happening because the security personell / police in question donâ€™t know the photographerâ€™s rightsâ€¦
This isnâ€™t always the case, and in a lot of cases I personally think we could quickly resolve the situation by showing the police officer / security guard the photos and moving onâ€¦
This wasnâ€™t the case when 16yo Jakub Markiewicz was stopped whilst shooting a man being arrested in the Metrotown shopping mall in Burnaby, B.C. He was asked to delete the images he took in the shopping centre which wasnâ€™t possible as he was shooting filmâ€¦
Jakub was cuffed and kept and then released without charge, butÂ what captured our interest,Â was that the RCMP cut the young fellaâ€™s camera bag off him with a utility knife to search itâ€¦ Thatâ€™s not very nice, is itâ€¦
Enough with the injustice, we thought weâ€™d help out this time.. Jakub now has a sweet new Shape Shifter camera bag to carry his gear. Here he is sporting the new bag. Hope you have better luck with this one, Jakub!
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Simon manages social media for www.thinktankphoto.com You can find out more about Simon here – http://bit.ly/MFfdAN