Thursday, 11 September 2008
back to the easel.....
It's good to get back in the saddle, so to speak.
For various reasons, the last few weeks have been a nude free zone. Like so many things, drawing from life is about practice, so I was rather happy to fluke this piece on Tuesday evening. It's nice and big too (A2), I think it deserves a frame.
On a slightly less satisfying note, have a look here;
NUJ film shows police obstruction of journalists
Obviously I have an agenda here. As anyone who worked with me in my previous life will remember, my attitude to being 'moved on' by the boys in blue, was occasionally a bit militant.
The reasons why are many and varied, sometimes I just wasn't having it, sometimes I wanted to finish my cigarette, but mostly I was standing up for what I believed......and still believe.....was the whole point of being a photojournalist.
If individual police officers are allowed to obstruct journalists, either with or without the tacit approval of their superior officers, it's a short step to needing permission to attend a news event/protest/riot/carnival/magistrates court.
What next ? 'Embedded' photographers, journalists and TV news crews in each major Police Headquarters ?.........now where have I heard that idea before ?
Beware the ever creeping erosion of press freedom. Once the pesky irritation of mouthy press snappers is removed, you'll only see what your local Superintendent allows you to.
Apparently everyday folk like all of us, are being told to put their camera's away on beaches, in town's and many other public places. I can't wait for that to happen to me.
You'll probably hear the bang from wherever you are.................