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DSLR Ban – Not verified

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Thank goodness and I think whoever wrote the article should be disciplined. Not fired, its too harsh.

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November 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

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DSLR Photography Ban in Kuwait….

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I first heard about this ban through the usual channels….  An email with a link. Then another, and another. Then a few with a rant attached and so on….

I have been a photographer for 25 years part as an enthusiast and part as a professional. I recently started travelling to Kuwait to give workshops and was so pleasantly surprised by the freedoms I felt compare to those at home in Europe. I blogged about them here……

I am also now producing a book for 50/20.

I still believe what I wrote but just feel that the world we live gets crazier by the day. I tried to work out the reasoning behind the ban. Could it be security? No of course not. If I were a bomber planning an attack I certainly would not walk around with a DLSR, I would use my iPhone to take pictures surreptitiously. Could it be invasion of privacy? Again, no, otherwise all cameras would be banned, surely? I thought about the courses I give in Kuwait and how when we are in a public area the people we ask are only too pleased to oblige and those who are not say so. They are given choice which is what freedom is all about.. I suppose we could sneak around with a small camera and photograph people without them knowing but this to me would be kind of sly. A bit like and Japanese man I once saw on a beach in Dubai walking along photographing women with his camera hidden! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Posted in Photography, Travel