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Photo scrutiny is out of control


I was interested and depressed to read about problems photographing on constuction sites (NCE 24 January). No responsible photographer would willingly shoot unsafe site pictures or work without an experienced escort and no responsible client or contractor would permit pictures to be released until they had been checked for safety.

Assuming the people involved are experienced and have a clear understanding of the overall objectives of the photo shoot, the system should ensure that safe and exciting pictures are readily available.

Unfortunately, the devil is in the details and sometimes the people checking the photographs go to extraordinary lengths to find faults. And faults they will find because we all live in the real world where nothing is perfect.

The logical conclusion of such scrutiny is that only specially shot material in specially created environments with specially selected people will be allowed on construction sites - there are ominous signs of this happening already.

We will all be the poorer because good photographers will resent all their best pictures being binned and will look for more enlightened areas in which to work.

Jim Craigie, QA Photos, Terlingham Manor Farm, Gibraltar Lane, Hawkinge, Folkestoine CT18 7AE

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