Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Private property and buildings
From: "Jim Laurel" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 08:32:20 -0700
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It's disturbing how many of us have had these experiences, especially in the
US.  I'll add my stories to the fray.

About four years ago, I was photographing a street corner just opposite the
Seattle's Pike Place market.  I wasn't photographing anyone in particular,
just the crowd scene.  Next, this woman comes running up to me screaming
"What right do you have to take pictures of Native Americans?  You should
ask permission!  You have no right to disrespect Native Americans like
this!"  I looked at her quizzically, and asked her what she was talking
about.  "What Native Americans?  I'm just taking a photo of the street
corner."  She became even more irrational, which made it hard for me to
understand her, but I did manage to catch that her father was standing
across the street, near the corner.  I could barely see him, much less tell
what he looked like, but she persisted.  I just told her she was out of her
mind and walked away.  I left her there, cursing.

At Dave Harvey's photojournalism workshop in Santa Fe, most of us got kicked
out of at least one place or another for taking photos.  A Danish friend who
was taking the class happened to see a police officer stopping a car for
speeding.  He rushed over and asked the driver of the vehicle if he could
take some photos.  The guy consented, and Claus started shooting.  The
Police officer immediately tried to shoo him away, but Claus countered that
he was aware that US law permitted him to photograph the scene, as it was on
a public road.  The officer knew he was right and let him continue.

I've always found the US a difficult place to photograph.  Many people are
quite paranoid and assume the worst when a stranger takes thier picture.

- --Jim

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