photography + surveillance

It happened with security guards around Crown Casino in Melbourne when I was photographing concrete pillars under Kings Way.

Crown Casino

It’s another banal scene. That means photographers with cameras are regarded with suspicion by those in the security industry. They are equated with surveillance and are marked as suspicious, if not dangerous.

Its ironic given the CTV cameras at railway stations and around Crown Casino that photograph us without being seen. Photographers are no longer unobserved observers–voyeurs some say. Are voyeurism and surveillance two sides of the same coin?

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