I’ve just had one of the most disturbing and depressing experiences of my life this lunch time. I often work into the city centre to eat my lunch in an area of Sheffield called the Peace Gardens. This week there has been a fair taking place there, and as the weather was due to be nice, I decided to take my G2 and 20mm and take a couple of photos. I sat for half an hour in the centre of the fair eating my food with my camera next to me and then on the way back to work I went to a point overlooking the fair and took a couple of photos across the site. There were quite a few people also watching the fair from the same vantage point that I used. I turned to walk to walk back to work and within about 20 paces two policemen on bicycles and a council official blocked my way and, to my utter astonishment, told me that members of the public had reported me for “filming children”. They took my camera off me and went through all the photographs on it (which typically included pictures of my baby son in the bath!) before returning my camera to me and telling me that I wasn’t allowed to take photographs there in future. To be fair to them, once they had decided that I probably wasn’t a child abuser, they were quite nice and sympathetic about the situation. However, this has really knocked my confidence in going out and about with a camera. I couldn’t bear to go through that sort of embarrassment again. God knows what would have happened if I’d been out with a full size DSLR. I’d have probably been terminated with extreme prejudice by a SWAT team or something. Has anyone else had this sort of experience? Was I foolish to think that in this day and age I could expect to take photos in a public place without being accused of child exploitation / terrorism or some other such thing? How the hell do all you street shooters manage without getting arrested?!