Canary Wharf hates photographers! Let me explain…
This morning I went to Canary Wharf to take a couple of pictures. My main objective for the day was to take a snapshot of the recently built “tunnel” connecting the financial district to the new Crossrail station.
First things first. There were very few people around apart from myself and another guy with a Canon camera. As you do, once I arrived at Crossrail Place, I assembled my tripod and started setting up my Fujifilm X-T3. I must admit I felt observed whilst taking a couple of practice shots. I turned my head and there was a security guy standing right behind me. The guy asked me how long I was planning to stay there for (FYI, there was nobody around!). I politely told him I was planning to take a photo of the tunnel and then move on. He nodded and walked away.
Next, I walked into the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre. All shops were closed except for a couple of sandwich places. Once again, I came across very few people. The place was very much deserted. As it started raining outside, I decided to remain inside and set my camera to manual focus and took a couple of random shots to kill time. Bored to death, I decided to venture out but shortly before exiting the shopping mall another security guy stopped me and asked whether I take photographs for commercial purposes or personal use. Jeez, does my Fujifilm X-T3 really look so professional? I told him I usually do it for fun and asked him what was the big deal. He said the shopping centre is a private property, albeit it is accessible to members of the public (!!!) I would ordinary require a permit to take any sort of picture within the building.
By the way, I am not sure what happened to the Canon guy!
Dear Canary Wharf, see you in 2021. Maybe. Or maybe not.