Friday 18 May 2012: The Terrorist Police
These words are rated 18 there are a few swears. If you are under 18 or easily offended then don't read on.
Ok, The title is misleading. I'm gonna start at the start for my own amusement.
I went to bed rather late and then woke up after 2 hours of sleep (Oh the fucking joy!). Now how many of you out there have a list be it mental or on paper of all those things you've seen that you would like to take a photo of? (Just me? oh shit! I got issues then.)
I can honestly say that I love photography. I love the fact that you can put your own interpretation on something that you see, that you can capture a moment that will last eternally or until all the servers meltdown and the digital age goes back to the stone age. I love freezing time no, preserving time. It's like being a librarian of imagery. Many others may have the same basic book but this is my book, my story, my eye! If I choose to erase the edge of a building that was in my shot that was my choice (which i did in this).
So i've got a whole list in my head, on my phone, on my puter of things I want to photograph or try to. I'm not even going to kid myself and make out i'm some awesome photographer, I've taken some shots that In my opinion are quite good but not the epic photo that i'm after. I want this "epic" photo like a crack head wants crack. Not for anyone else but for me. I want to know that I took that. It's mine eternalised in a digital format that I can look back at anytime I want.
There is a certain shot that I want really badly that i'm not going to go into on here some people know as i've mentioned it a lot. It could well be epic?!
Now that said. As I woke at 3am from my dreamy dreamland and there was no chance of getting back to sleep I thought I'd go and get this photo that i've wanted for quite some time(not the epic photo as mentioned). Got in the car went to the petrol station to stock up on snacks and drinks for my middle of the night journey. The roads empty of people its a great feeling being out in the middle of the night. You own all you see. An otherwise crowded little world is yours at night. Fast forward to pulling up in the car park right outside Surbiton Station which is famed for its art deco style. No one was about except some train station worker who was to the far left talking to some goth type character who very much appeared to be a friend. Jumped out the car, set up the tripod about 10ft back from the building and nice and low. set up a good long exposure of 15 seconds. and *click* . Took a few more shots *click*...... *click* (sorry I was enjoying adding sound effects)
When from the distance I hear "Excuse me, what are you doing?" Seriously? isn't it fucking obvious??? No I didn't say that. He started to walk over to me. I said that i was taking photos... Not in the friendliest of tones but not in a rude manor, I hate stupid questions. He asked "why?" Again seriously? what the fuck business is it of yours? nooooo I didn't say that either. He asked why again I said because i wanted to (at this point i'd like to point out i'm on my knees with a camera on a tripod about 2ft off the ground). He stands infront of my shot although I carry on taking photos He says that he can make me leave as its private property. Now i'm pissed off. I tell him he cant do shit (in a nice way). He says I could be a terrorist haaaaa what a fucking twat! Honestly what terrorist goes infront of the building in basically pyjamas (yea i'm lazy and what?) and does long exposure photography? Ohhh but what a convincing disguise it would make! I say "do i look like a terrorist?" To which this utter twat tries to draw me into telling him what a terrorist looks like. I was not going to stereotype but I know for a fact a terrorist does not look like me and i'm not saying because of colour of skin. Although generally they are not pasty white in pyjamas kneeling on a floor to get a stupid angle of a train station and i'm guessing also they wouldn't be using a big assed dslr as you can get very convenient camera that are small. They even put cameras on phones i've heard!
So this is a very small snippet of our little convo. Needless to say I have no idea what my rights are but I know what he told me they were and luckily I have Mr Google to which I can consult. Also luckily I generally don't give a flying fuck what some twatty jobsworth that is sweeping up rubbish has to say. So carried on taking photos until I got a few of what I was after.
So this ones to you Mr Jobsworth.. A non terrorist image of a fucking train station Not to be used to blow up a building and there are a million other shots online (a lot better and a lot clearer) of this very same thing.
Not so good in large. Must remember to get key things in frame!