It’s seems that the more authorities try to enforce non-existent laws against photographers, the more photographers are defiantly standing up to these orders.
Dissent, after all, is the purest form of patriotism.
The latest incident comes to us from Boston where photographer Rich Beaubien was walking down a public street when he decided to take a photo through the front doors of a Bank of America branch.
That, of course, convinced a security guard that he was about to rob the bank. Or something.
“You cannot take photos of the building,” the guard told him from a security shack about 50 feet away.
Beaubien’s response makes me proud.
“I’m standing on a public way and I can take a photo of anything I can see. Stop me!”
And it gets better.
Now I know I should have just walked away but instead I headed straight for his station. As he opened the door I said, “Call the police. You have no right to tell me what I cannot take photos of.”
I then repeat my assertion, “I’m standing on a public way and I can take a photo of anything I can see.”
So now he sees he’s got the old man a bit miffed. He backs down a bit, “I’m just doing as I was told; just doing my job.”
Well I say, “I’ll just meander around this building here and take some more photos while you figure out what to do.”
Beaubien, who posted his story on Flickr, spent the next ten minutes taking photos of the incriminating building in full defiance against the security guard, waiting and hoping for police to arrive. They never did.
Probably not the best course of action but I’m getting tired of hearing about this. I’m starting to get a bit militant about my response.
I’ve posted every shot I took – in order. I’m calling Bank of America tomorrow and giving them a piece of my mind.