Auckland Harbour Bridge photographer stands by his actions

The incident took place on the Harbour Bridge on Sunday.
The incident took place on the Harbour Bridge on Sunday. Photo credit: Getty

An Auckland photographer who was seen hanging out of a car on the Harbour Bridge trying to get the perfect shot says what he did was perfectly safe.

Beinn Chapple-Law faced criticism after a passing motorist photographed him leaning from the moving boot photographing a car behind him on Sunday. But the professional photographer says despite appearances, he knew exactly what he was doing.

"I understand that it looks dangerous and it would be very dangerous if I wasn't strapped and had taken the safety precautions," Chapple-Law told Newshub. 

"We take a lot of precautions to make sure it's safe. It's a professional set-up. I'm making sure everyone involved is safe, including all other drivers on the road. I don't think it's dangerous".

Chapple-Law said he was visited by police and asked who was in the car with him but hasn't faced any charges yet.

"There is zero fine right now. I'm waiting to hear if there will be a fine or anything like that," he said.

Police confirmed that no charges have been laid so far but that they are investigating. 

"The behaviour reported appears to be illegal and is extremely dangerous," police said in a statement. "This activity could have resulted in a serious accident and police urge those involved to think about other road users when partaking in such behaviour - this is not worth the serious injuries or worse, that could easily have occurred."

Despite the controversy, Chapple-Law says he will continue to do keep photographing cars, though may consider investing in the "very expensive equipment to do this without having my hands out of a vehicle."

"I'll continue to do the kind of work that I do."