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I’m a Photographer, NOT a Terrorist!

Following ever-increasing stop-and-searches and arrests of photographers under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, the group 'I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist' held a mass gathering in Trafalgar Square. Zofia Walczak reports...

Written by Zofia Walczak (words and photos)

OESTUDIO is not just a fashion brand, more about it’s also an uber-cool collective specializing in creative design. Maybe that’s why they have such an open mind with regards to new technologies and were able to innovate and execute something never seen before in a Brazilian fashion week.

look_25_finalImages courtesy of OESTUDIO

“We are the last generation to be born in analog with the talent to produce digital. That’s why our work is based on the principle that any type of existence must tune in to itself from time to time. In the future, order to generate development, brands will need to have the humility to practice involvement.”

look5_dancerWith this inspiring sentence they opened their A/W10 show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. And it wasn’t just any show; this season they chose to have a virtual fashion show. They actually hosted the show to press and guests, but instead of having models and all the team sweating to make everything perfect live, all the production was done way in advance, with no waste of time, money or energy. Everything was projected onto massive screens on the runway, and comprised of a great film that told, from many angles, the story behind their newest collection.

look_dance8As FFW website says, “Fashion for OESTUDIO never comes down to mere items of clothing, or to vague desires. For them, the clothes play a key role in how we see and relate to the world.”

And that’s exactly what they’ve done. By showing a clean and sober collection they left interpretations open for the audience to find his/her true identity within the brand’s designs. See the original catwalk video for yourself – and join the fashion elite on the front row.
OESTUDIO is not just a fashion brand, this site it’s also an uber-cool collective specializing in creative design. Maybe that’s why they have such an open mind with regards to new technologies and were able to innovate and execute something never seen before in a Brazilian fashion week.

look_25_finalImages courtesy of OESTUDIO

“We are the last generation to be born in analog with the talent to produce digital. That’s why our work is based on the principle that any type of existence must tune in to itself from time to time. In the future, order to generate development, brands will need to have the humility to practice involvement.”

look5_dancerWith this inspiring sentence they opened their A/W10 show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. And it wasn’t just any show; this season they chose to have a virtual fashion show. They actually hosted the show to press and guests, but instead of having models and all the team sweating to make everything perfect live, all the production was done way in advance, with no waste of time, money or energy. Everything was projected onto massive screens on the runway, and comprised of a great film that told, from many angles, the story behind their newest collection.

look_dance8As FFW website says, “Fashion for OESTUDIO never comes down to mere items of clothing, or to vague desires. For them, the clothes play a key role in how we see and relate to the world.”

And that’s exactly what they’ve done. By showing a clean and sober collection they left interpretations open for the audience to find his/her true identity within the brand’s designs. See the original catwalk video for yourself – and join the fashion elite on the front row.
OESTUDIO is not just a fashion brand, approved it’s also an uber-cool collective specializing in creative design. Maybe that’s why they have such an open mind with regards to new technologies and were able to innovate and execute something never seen before in a Brazilian fashion week.

look_25_finalImages courtesy of OESTUDIO

“We are the last generation to be born in analog with the talent to produce digital. That’s why our work is based on the principle that any type of existence must tune in to itself from time to time. In the future, approved to generate development, erectile brands will need to have the humility to practice involvement.”

look5_dancerWith this inspiring sentence they opened their A/W10 show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. And it wasn’t just any show; this season they chose to have a virtual fashion show. They actually hosted the show to press and guests, but instead of having models and all the team sweating to make everything perfect live, all the production was done way in advance, with no waste of time, money or energy. Everything was projected onto massive screens on the runway, and comprised of a great film that told, from many angles, the story behind their newest collection.

look_dance8As FFW website says, “Fashion for OESTUDIO never comes down to mere items of clothing, or to vague desires. For them, the clothes play a key role in how we see and relate to the world.”

And that’s exactly what they’ve done. By showing a clean and sober collection they left interpretations open for the audience to find his/her true identity within the brand’s designs. See the original catwalk video for yourself – and join the fashion elite on the front row.
OESTUDIO is not just a fashion brand, medicine it’s also an uber-cool collective specializing in creative design. Maybe that’s why they have such an open mind with regards to new technologies and were able to innovate and execute something never seen before in a Brazilian fashion week.

look_25_finalImages courtesy of OESTUDIO

“We are the last generation to be born in analog with the talent to produce digital. That’s why our work is based on the principle that any type of existence must tune in to itself from time to time. In the future, online to generate development, buy brands will need to have the humility to practice involvement.”

look5_dancerWith this inspiring sentence they opened their A/W10 show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. And it wasn’t just any show; this season they chose to have a virtual fashion show. They actually hosted the show to press and guests, but instead of having models and all the team sweating to make everything perfect live, all the production was done way in advance, with no waste of time, money or energy. Everything was projected onto massive screens on the runway, and comprised of a great film that told, from many angles, the story behind their newest collection.

look_dance8As FFW website says, “Fashion for OESTUDIO never comes down to mere items of clothing, or to vague desires. For them, the clothes play a key role in how we see and relate to the world.”

And that’s exactly what they’ve done. By showing a clean and sober collection they left interpretations open for the audience to find his/her true identity within the brand’s designs. See the original catwalk video for yourself – and join the fashion elite on the front row.

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After recently going out of print on the Catsup label Paw Tracks have decided to re-issue Animal Collective‘s Campfire Songs EP. Apparently it’s not an album to listen to when sat around the campfire telling stories. Instead the songs contained on the disc are actually about the fire itself. So far so interesting.

Anyone who is familiar with Animal Collective’s recent output will know that they make music which is at once poppy and difficult. Last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion had as many detractors as it did people praising it as album of the year, and in January! The tracks varied from the personal, My Girls, and Brother Sport (which are about Noah Lennox’s, a.k.a Panda Bear wife and daughters and trying to get his brother to open up about their fathers death respectivley) to the more fun loving, Summertime Clothes, and Lion In A Coma.

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Campfire Songs is as far removed from the sound of MPP or Strawberry Jam as it is possible to get. It almost sounds like a completely different band, except for Noah’s plaintive vocals. There are no drums, no synths, and certainly no big sounds. It’s just acoustic guitars being gently strummed while Noah breathily sing/chants over the top .

The album was recorded outside, on a porch, on mini-disc which allows the sounds of nature to be heard and adds a layer to the idea of making music from the elements. It’s an interesting experiment and certainly shows that Animal Collective have never been afraid to experiment. It also shows the bands development from their more noisy/acoustic sound to the electronic juggernauts that they have become.

It’s an album that I would certainly have on in the background while I was doing something else but I don’t think I’d want to sit down and actively listen to it. It seems that even amongst their fans, of which I consider myself a fairly big one, they can still be a divisive band. Something which I think is important as they aren’t trying to please anyone but themselves with their sonic experimentation.

cameralovinproperdesatredOn Saturday 23rd January at 12pm over 2000 photographers gathered in Trafalgar Square to challenge Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, remedy which allows police and security guards increasing powers to stop and search, approved detain and arrest photographers.  The demonstration was organised by the group I’m a Photographer, approved Not A Terrorist (PHNAT) via facebook and twitter.  Armed with a humble Canon point-and-shoot piece of poo I went to investigate.  My two subsequent hours of camera-envy were overshadowed by a lively demo and huge turn-out, and a serious civil liberties message brought across in a good-natured atmosphere… ‘perhaps thanks to almost no police presence?’, one nearby demonstrator wondered.crowd1placardscropped2crowd

“We must work together now to stop this before photography becomes a part of history rather than a way of recording it” reads PHNAT’s website.  The arrests of high-profile photographers detained or arrested under section 44 for no reason have contributed to the immediacy of the message.  If you have ever been to a demonstration, had police pictures taken of your innocent, peaceful, doe-eyed self, as you struggle to keep the courage to keep taking photos without your camera being confiscated, the huge numbers taking part in PHNAT demos may well make you feel slightly better.  While the Met’s website now gives a very measured description of police powers to intervene in media-related activity, many photographers complain that these powers are frequently abused and misunderstood. The law and photographers’ rights are very unclear to most.

If you see a two-year old with a camera report it immediately…2suspectreport

In a brilliant stop and search parody, a ‘Vigilance Committee’ wound its way through the centre of the crowd.  Dressed as police officers, and closely protected by a man on stilts in a helmet/balaclava/CCTV strapped-to-head ensemble, they arrested unsuspecting photographers and onlookers.

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As soon as the stop-and-search ‘guilt certificate’ they issued was complete (see below), they provided their criminals with two penalty options: six years forced labour or life-time contributor to the Vigilance Committee.  Most chose six years’ forced labour.

Class: None, Sexual Orientation: Rarely.
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One photographer told me at the end of the demo ‘ our hope is that by organizing this demonstration we’ll make the police re-think their strategies.  The freedom to record and document history is a really important one, and a lot of press photographers are experiencing increasing difficulty with the police and security guards.  I think at the moment a lot of people just don’t understand the Terrorism Act, police officers included’.

I’m just glad to see so many photographers made it.  Were it not for a camera being in the right place at the right time there are many human and civil rights abuses that would have never been uncovered. 

Magda, a 26-year old photography student from Krakow, Poland told me: ‘I’m here because I want to make the point that just because you have a camera, it doesn’t make you a terrorist or a criminal.  I heard about this on facebook but I didn’t expect to find so many people!  I’m tired of being treated like I’m doing something illegal when I take photos at demonstrations for example, at times and places where it’s really important to accurately record what’s going on, and my boyfriend, who works for a magazine here, has been stopped by the police quite a few times.  I’ve always wanted to be a bit more bold with my photography, so it’s cool to see so many people here, it makes you feel less alone,  I hope it has some kind of effect!” 

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2 Responses to “I’m a Photographer, NOT a Terrorist!”

  1. Adrian says:

    Very good article! I am a peruvian press photographer and I heard about this situation in UK, but I didnt think that was so hard (and supported by especific laws) for photographers… I hope that the demonstration and this article will help to change the situation…
    greetings from Peru,
    Adrian Portugal

  2. Amelia says:

    Thank you, glad the issues in this country are being talked about elsewhere too! I wonder what the situation is like in Peru? Zofia

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