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Old 10th November 2021, 09:27 PM
John King John King is offline
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Default Beware!

This guidance is generally for photographers and photographs taken on public areas only. If places like parks like the one you were stopped in is on private land or leased from the council and they have full control and responsibility for the running of the park that guidance is about as useful as chocolate teapot. Hence the unwelcome appearancc4 of the hulk you encountered in you venture.

They are 'public' by invitation, but if there are Conditions of Entry relating to the behaviour or conduct of persons in the park, or even Byelaws (Usually Council run parks) then if you transgress you are on very sticky ground. However that does not stop anyone taking photographs of what is inside the park from a public place. i.e. from the footpath outside.

That can really piss them off, but in reality there is little they can do about it.

That used to also apply to railway stations run in the days of BR. Then if you spoke nicely to the station manager you could usually get a permit and this allowed you limited access (Areas not concerned with the operation of trains or other safety aspects.)

Since privatisation it has generally been relaxed but things such as tripods will be frowned on. If the work is for gain, that could be you are shooting publicity photographs for which your pockets will be lined with gold. This will be not a good idea and a formal agreement will almost certainly be required. I think principally this is in case of any claim that can be made against Network Rail for accidents or whoever is the operator on that line.

One or two stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro have enforced a ban on photography because of the security and safety.
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