I have read and been distressed by the way that photographers have been increasingly harassed or marginalised in society recently. The pages of AP resound with tales of injustice and woe. I agree and sympathise with nearly all, but recent events have led me to consider the quote from Matthew 7:3 “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”.

I have always enjoyed the classic cameras articles by Ivor Matanle and yet have never managed to visit a camera fair. So, recently, I got up early on a Sunday morning and drove some little way to one. How pleasant! Lots of lovely old cameras, some new ones, a good few boxes of cheap book and a demonstration of a printing technique I’d not seen before. I was most happy and thought I’d snap a few pics for my blog website, as I have often done at gaming convetions, computer fairs and other such events.

No sooner than I had taken 3 picture than I was approached by the (very charning and apologetic) organiser who said that the traders were complaining and would I desist from taking pictures without permission…. Needless to say I complied, they were well within their rights, and it was foolish of me to confuse a photographic gathering with a market place; nonetheless the irony was quite picquant!

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