The House of Opera

When was the last time you saw this aspect of the Sydney Opera House? They are rare, perhaps because its illegal for commercial photographers to shoot without permission from the Opera House Trust. For more information see here . Are beautiful things locked up for photographers where you live? Bondi beach here in Sydney is covered by a similar regulation. Leave a comment and let me know what you think below?



3 thoughts on “The House of Opera”

  1. But it’s only illegal without permission for commercial photographers. Just like wedding photographers need permission (and to pay a fee) at some of the more popular local areas.


    1. Your right, however, the reason I raise it as an issue is that in principle I don’t think public things we all payed for (via a lottery in the instance of the Opera House) or things like a beach, should be payed for by any one, we all own them. Apart from the problems with policing, I have seen people with tripod mounted SLR cameras moved on, I am concerned, as are many photographers, that this is the thin edge of the wedge. It is clear that this is a way for the trust to raise revenue, but it would be a shame to have things like ‘the Rock’ locked up. In fact what is the difference between the Rock and the Opera House – nothing, there is nothing stopping the owners of the Rock doing the same or for that matter any one else locking away any other landmark or public building. Enough from me now.


  2. First of all, congrats for your picture! As for the legal restrictions, I never heard about something like that here in Italy. Sure, you have to pay if you enter a museum or some public buildings, but if you are outside you are free to shoot. In case of weddings or any other event, you may have to pay a fee if you want the public area to be closed to the public during the ceremony.
    By the way I was in Sidney some years ago and there were no restrictions, or at least I did not see them!


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