Thursday, January 29, 2009

Taking a Malling

I am one of the few people I know who unreservedly praises our
local shopping mall. If the recession ever lifts, it is set to
become the largest in Europe, but at the moment it remains in
that strange hybrid state of old and new. The main Dundrum Centre
is a thriving and sparkly clean hub of pleasant activity.
Down the road, the gaping emptyness of the 1980s shopping centre
still stands.

I'm interested in all of this because, thanks to joining the
Photography group at, I had set myself a little project
to document life around these areas, from time to time.

A walk to the shops is one of the most banal of activities,
not one you would normally associate with stress.

However, having been asked to stop photographing the fountains at
the Dundrum Centre has made me stop and think.
It was explained that I can ask for permission to take photos,
which seems reasonable. However, there is an inherent lack of
logic in a society that photographs me daily on short circuit
camera and does not allow me to return the compliment...


DaviMack said...

You know, I think that your end of the world must be significantly different than mine. Take a look at this Guardian article, if you would, and you'll understand where I'm coming from, and where the legal community thinks we stand, as photographers.

That said, I don't take pictures of people. And I have the advantage of pretending to be a bumbling tourist. I am willing, though, to fight for this where some are not.

Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

I was photographing water splashing in a fountain, so it's not really bothering me too much.

There are many more fountains in Dublin.

Having been schooled for years I'm used to rules and regulations and now just don't go to places where I may be approached by strangers and get involved with sillyness.

The stop and search issues on the street are very much more problematic. I holiday in the UK and I have not been to London for years because it would be too much bother.