Video surfaces of photographer and her equipment pushed into a lake in unprovoked attack

May 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

May 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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As the world starts to come out of strict lockdown, people are out enjoying themselves again. For some people, enjoyment means finally heading back outside with their cameras. For others, it means harassing random people trying to shoot photos with expensive camera gear and pushing them into lakes.

A video has just surfaced of an event that happened in Verulamium Park in Hertfordshire, England. An unknown man approached a female photographer while she was shooting on the edge of the lake at Verulamium Park and then pushed her right into the water along with her expensive kit, damaging it and causing bruising to her arm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzmYIARui8I

The St Albans & Harpenden Review reported on the incident, which occurred in May 2018, although the smartphone video of the event appears to have only just been published. Despite the number of people shown in the video that observed the incident, police were calling for people to come forward in an attempt to identify the man.

It is believed this was an unprovoked attack on a woman who was taking wildlife photos in the park that day.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference F1/18/2071.

– PC Michael Wilson

The video shows the man giving the thumbs up to the person filming the incident before approaching the woman from behind as she gets up from her seated position having finished shooting. He then, without hesitation, pushes her over right into the lake. When confronted, he says he thought she was his sister before turning to laugh at the camera while clutching onto his beer.

It’s unclear whether the man was ever caught and prosecuted for criminal damage, nor whether the photographer’s equipment was repaired or replaced. But as PetaPixel points out, it serves as a good reminder to make sure your gear is insured, because there are a lot of idiots out there in this world who think there’s nothing funnier than to get drunk and abuse other people without a thought to the physical or financial cost to their victims.

Be careful out there. The social distancing guidelines still in place in much of the world, even if you’re allowed out of your home now, should still be followed. So, if you’re out shooting and spot somebody getting too close, be on your guard.

[via PetaPixel]

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21 responses to “Video surfaces of photographer and her equipment pushed into a lake in unprovoked attack”

  1. Cori Schrader Avatar
    Cori Schrader

    Why is this getting published on here now like it had something to do with the pandemic?

    “The St Albans & Harpenden Review reported on the incident, which occurred in May 2018, although the smartphone video of the event appears to have only just been published.”

    1. J. Alejandro Zepeda Cortés Avatar
      J. Alejandro Zepeda Cortés

      This group is about photography and that action is clearly related with it. Maybe you are in the wrong group.

    2. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      As you yourself quoted, the video has only just been published. It only went live 2 days ago. :)

      And it serves as a reminder to be careful with your gear. The drunken idiots are just as eager to get back outdoors as you are.

      1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
        Freelance cameraman China/HK

        “As the world starts to come out of strict lock-down, “…
        2 years ago?

      2. John Crippen Avatar
        John Crippen

        Think his response was pretty clear “As the world comes out of lockdown….”

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          And I think the intention is even clearer. Try reading it again. Slowly. :)

    3. Vickie Blackburn Avatar
      Vickie Blackburn

      Cori Schrader please tell us where is there link, that you see, with the pandemic, cause I don’t get it. Not everything that is published on internet recent has to GO with the pandemic.

      1. timothyf7 Avatar
        timothyf7

        The very first sentence infers it!

    4. Gayle Bevan Avatar
      Gayle Bevan

      Cori Schrader who said it had anything to do with a pandemic?

      1. William James Avatar
        William James

        This does: “As the world starts to come out of strict lockdown, people are out enjoying themselves again. For some people, enjoyment means finally heading back outside with their cameras. For others, it means harassing random people trying to shoot photos with expensive camera gear and pushing them into lakes.” It implies that the incident is connected to someone coming out of lockdown.

  2. Max Faust Avatar
    Max Faust

    Stupid fuck

  3. Mike Wilson Avatar
    Mike Wilson

    I once saw a drunken idiot deliberately tackle a chap doing promo stuff at a festival, he went down onto his camera and lens :/ the saving grace is that he got up chased the idiot down and knocked him clean out with a single punch. Was glorious to watch instant karma

  4. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    “As the world starts to come out of strict lock-down, …”
    2 years ago?

  5. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Randos attacking photographers needs to stop. ?

  6. Gayle Bevan Avatar
    Gayle Bevan

    Stupid prick. I saw it was 2 years ago, so hopefully he was caught and the photographer got recompensed for her equipment.

  7. Michael Beckerman Avatar
    Michael Beckerman

    What in the hell is wrong with people?

  8. Richard Joseph Avatar
    Richard Joseph

    It is very sad and disturbing we have Neanderthals that look like regular humans among us.

  9. Chuck Diesel Avatar
    Chuck Diesel

    Strange, you don’t see people with a joint in their hand doing stuff like this, but alcohol is still legal…

  10. Dilok Jennings Avatar
    Dilok Jennings

    Great reminder I need to put my extra can of pepper spray back in my camera bag! SAD!

  11. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    dildos Dave. I was in a local park shooting owls and was confronted by a person who was camping there. He demanded why I was there interrupting there party. I was able to defuse the confrontation as he obviously found I wasn’t frightened or shaken by his attitude. On a quick turn he got political and started taking about his AR15’s and free country (this is in the South). He even asked me to come have a beer….ah, no! I continued on my way but at a faster walk out of the area. I did’t hear any banjos playing thank god. :)
    By the way, as you say but I cannot confirm or deny.

  12. Collin McLaren Avatar
    Collin McLaren

    – Wife beater
    – Smudged arm tatoos
    – Drinking beer in public, straight from the bottle
    – Beer belly to go with it
    – Constant shit-eating grin
    – Overall disheveled appearance

    But y’know, just to make it perfectly clear he’s a dead beat, let’s add assault and property damage to that list, just to REALLY hammer it home.