Spent the evening wondering around London’s Canary Wharf today. For those of you from outside the UK, it’s a large business district towards the East of London. It’s almost it’s own town of skyscrapers, set in the middle of East London.
As I passed the first large building in the district two security guards came straight up to me and started telling me that no photography was allowed and that I’d have to get permission from Canary Wharf management. I told them that I didn’t want to take pictures of them or their building and that they would have to physically stop me… so they left it alone. But there were taxis, stations, people, shops, bars, restaurants etc all over the place. I’m fairly sure that constitutes a public place and that anyone is free to photograph in a public place. I don’t really know the in’s and outs of this kind of thing and would love some comments on it to clarify, but I was fairly sure that even the police can’t stop you photographing in the street, let alone building security?
Let me know your thoughts as I’m quite interested.