I take my camera pretty much everywhere with me. It sounds a pretty clichÃ©d – and perhaps to some people, sad – thing to say, but unlike a large number of people who like to label themselves as photographers and liberate their little silver boxes from their dusty cases perhaps once a month, I do actually tend to have a camera with me wherever I am. I discovered a drawback to this a few days ago.
I take my Digimax v800 to school with me every day. This serves two purposes – to allow me to take opportunistic photos of anything that might crop up at school (many of my eye photos – such as the one to the right – are taken this way), and also to facilitate after-school photo excursions if the mood should take me (which it often does).
Whilst taking some pictures around Derby’s Assembly Rooms with my bassist, Joe, we were noticed by a group of sprightly young chavs, half of which were eying up my camera and all of which had that delightful ‘breathe too loudly and I’ll mash you to a pulp to show how hard I am’ look that is characteristic of chav subculture. All of them started towards us.