A close friend and I recently took a day trip to Sydney Australia to see the sights and be stock standard tourists. After making our way out from the airport on public transport, we went and visited the Sydney Opera House. I’d only visited once before when I came to Sydney for the iPhone 6 release.
I’m an avid photographer and wannabe vlogger so I was taking lots of photos/videos with my iPhone. One other thing I was using was a video stabiliser which is really just a selfie stick that helps keep videos from being too shaky.
Around the right side of the Opera House (an area with a lot less foot traffic) a security guard came up to us and asked us how we were doing. He then asked if he could take a look at the photos I was taking “for security purposes”. He also said that no “professional” photography is allowed. I didn’t immediately show him my photos, and I said like every other person there we were taking photos of a landmark. I also asked if he was going up to ever other person with an iPhone, and asking them to show him their photos.
Eventually I begrudgingly showed him the selfies and shots of myself and my friend. Within a second of looking at my screen he said to me; “see, that’s fine. Just cooperate.” He walked off as I said to him I felt that was stupid and over the line. He agreed and shrugged his shoulders.
– Michael Topschij.