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Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2020




Here we go again! When I took this arty reflection photo of the Walyalup Civic Centre in the revolving door of the Department of Communities I was questioned by a very polite-and ladies!-very good-looking young security officer.

He wanted to know what I took photos off and told me I could not take photos of the building or the people, but I-equally polite-pointed out I did not have to answer his questions and the Newman Court is a public open space and I have the lawful right to photograph anything and anyone.

I just wished someone would educate security and police officers about taking photos in public places, because I am getting peed off being questioned about it.

The photo is not great, so I would normally not have published it, but now I do it because I am annoyed.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Cate Rose said, on September 17, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t see the problem with photographing buildings but although it is legal to take photographs of people in public places, if someone doesn’t want to be photographed it should be respected. There are many legitimate reasons people don’t want their photos taken.


  2. freoview said, on September 16, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Sure, I do understand that, but it is still our right to take photos when we are in a public space, and I was not photographing people anyway.



  3. Your Herald said, on September 16, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Roel, I imagine their sensitivity would be regarding clients. They would have many, many people on their books who’d have restraining orders against violent (ex) partners, and having them appear in photos that might end up online could lead to their location being exposed. And it’s not just the perpetrators you have to worry about in terms of hunting them down; even well-meaning friends or associates can unknowingly drop a “Oh, you wouldn’t believe it but I saw xxx in Fremantle going to Homeswest the other day”.


  4. Ian Ker said, on September 16, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Some years ago when people were becoming paranoid about security, a graphic suitable for printing as business cards was circulated. It said, in ‘forceful’ font: “I’m a photographer not a terrorist”.
    I printed some up and carried them around the world with me, but never had cause to use them.
    I’ll send you the files (one black text on white, the other white text on black) in case you find them useful.


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