In your bag No: 423 – Douglas McCarthy


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 423, Douglas McCarthy
Douglas McCarthy shares his simple and purely digital bag with us today. Which contains a legal document as it seems that the UK is no longer a photographer friendly place.

My name is Douglas McCarthy and I live and work in Greenwich, southeast London. I am a landscape photographer and my main camera is the Fuji X-Pro1 (with the 18mm prime), which I’ve been shooting since its launch. My carry is quite minimal because I take most of my pictures during long walks and cycles, 10-30km depending on the time of year. Aside from the weight issue, I never bring more than one camera along because I find it distracting.

My main bag is the ThinkTank Retrospective 5: it’s light, comfortable, customisable internally and its waterproof cover has kept my gear dry on many occasions. With distance to cover, I always bring plenty of sustenance (water, fruit, cereal bars, mints, sandwiches) when I’m out with my camera – I don’t like to go hungry! In addition to business cards, iPhone, lens cloth, memory, Scout Book and pen, I have hand gel to keep my hands nice and clean. I also carry a print-out summarising photographers’ legal rights to take pictures within the UK. People and companies here have become much more sensitive about photography in recent years so it’s important to know what is and what is not permitted – better to be aware, etc.

Check out my work and keep in touch at:

Thanks for sharing your bag with us Douglas. As a UK citizen it saddens me to hear that you have to carry around a document with your legal rights, it really has become a nanny state. Stay safe and out of trouble.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here.


4 comments on “In your bag No: 423 – Douglas McCarthy”

    Thomas Cremers February 14, 2013 at 7:55 am / Reply

    Do I understand correctly though that he carries that paper around to show people that object to him taking photographs? I find that in The Netherlands I also often have to explain to people that what I’m doing is perfectly legal and I’m within my right to take photographs in public places/spaces.

    It always amuses me though how eager people jump in-front of a camera when it’s from a tv crew but at the same time get angry when an artist captures them.

    Paul Coates February 14, 2013 at 8:43 am / Reply

    That really does suck that it’s become like that in the UK. Where did you find the legal document? Is it publically available?

    And Bellamy, how do you find it here in Japan? There seems to be some pretty heavy stuff on privacy and showing people’s faces in public from what I have seen. Have you ever run into any issues?

    steve February 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm / Reply

    RE Paul.
    Google I’m a photographer not a terrorist. Will be something there you can print out.

    PauL February 18, 2013 at 10:50 am / Reply

    print please here the list of our rights

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