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March against Brexit, London UK

As you know last week I started my photographic project “Europe”. The first trip was to London, 2 days after the terrorist attack near the Parliament.
I thought it might be interesting to document the City first thing in the morning with people going to work as they did every day, and there I went.
With my Fuji in hand I took a train and arrived at one of the most important financial centers in the world. I was hanging around for a couple of hours, until suddenly three policemen surrounded me, arriving simultaneously one on each side.
They asked me why I was taking pictures and I replied that I was simply a tourist, I found the simplest thing to explain. Then I was asked to see the photos, and without problem I passed the camera to one of them.
While they were reviewing, I explained that I have the hobby of street photography, and even had a page on Facebook.
Then they began with the classical questions: when I arrived, where I was staying, when I was leaving, what was my next destination. One of the three was talking to the central passing the information, and it was very funny to listen to him while saying that I have the page “Andrea Ratto Photography and Films …”. They were already clear that I was not a dangerous person, and they told me that I called attention to someone who warned them that my behavior was strange. They told me I could keep taking photos without problem, but they advised me to keep a less suspicious attitude.
They took me a picture with the Ipad to finish the report, and they showed it to me wondering if it was good. They said good-bye. Everything was very relaxed after the initial fright.
I went to breakfast before following the day. Surely the people after the terrorist attack was very nervous, I understand that was not exactly the best time to go and take photos in the City. The rest of the day I tried to smile more than usual while working.
This is the first time something like this has happened to me … Do you have similar stories?

 

-El día quel la policia me paró en Londres mientras tomaba fotos

Como sabéis la semana pasada he empezado mi proyecto fotográfico “Europa”. El primer viaje ha sido a Londres, 2 días después del ataque terrorista cerca del Parlamento.
Pensé que podría ser interesante documentar la City a primera hora de la mañana con la gente yendo a trabajar como todos los días, y allí me dirigí.
Con mi Fuji en la mano cogí un tren y llegué a uno de los centros financieros más importantes del mundo. Estuve dando vueltas un par de horas, hasta que de repente tres policias me rodearon, llegando simultaneamente uno por cada lado.
Me preguntaron por qué estaba sacando fotos y le contesté que era simplemente un turista, me pareció lo más sencillo de explicar. Entonces me pidieron ver las fotos, y sin problema le pasé la cámara a uno de ellos.
Mientras las estaban revisando, le expliqué que tengo el hobby de la fotografía callejera, y que hasta tenía una pagina en Facebook.
Entonces empezaron con las preguntas clásicas: cuando llegué, dónde me estaba alojando, cuándo me iba, cual era mi siguiente destino. Uno de los tres estaba hablando con la central pasando la información, y fué muy divertido escucharle mientras comunicaba que tengo la página “Andrea Ratto Photography and Films…”. Ya tenían claro que no era una persona peligrosa, y me comentaron que llamé la atención a alguna persona que los avisó creyendo que mi modo de actuar era extraño. Me dijeron que podía seguir sacando fotos sin problema, pero me aconsejaron mantener una actitud menos sospechosa.

Me sacaron una foto con el Ipad para acabar el informe, y me la enseñaron preguntandome si estaba bien. Se despidieron amablemente. Todo fue muy relajado después del pequeño susto inicial.

Me fui a desayunar antes de seguir el día. Seguramente la gente después del ataque terrorista estaba muy nerviosa, entiendo que no fuera exactamente el mejor momento para ir a sacar fotos en la City. El resto del día intenté sonreir más de lo habitual mientras trabajaba.
Esta ha sido la primera vez que me ha pasado algo así…¿Tenéis historias parecidas?

 

 

One thought on “ When the police stopped me in London while I was taking photos ”

  1. For sure I have the Similars experience at least couple Times for the last 6 months 😖 Thankful my attitude when I am not Shooting : because a photographer “must” or should work all the times and thankful my physic : beardman with Muslim origin 🤗 So I keep patient and reply to all their questions and still going to work because right to do it 💪🏻

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