Kent in SD
Kent in SD
I was photographing the Ambassador Bridge, (between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, and was on the Canadian side), and after a few minutes, here came a rather bored looking guy in a car with the logo of a security company on the door.
He got out and told me in a friendly way that I couldn't take pictures of the bridge's structure.
For heaven's sake, I'd been at it for about 5 minutes and was finished anyway, but he didn't mention deleting the pictures I had taken. So after all this, it seems anybody can go ahead and take their photos, and then be told to go away. High security.
One other time, a private individual started hassling me and I simply told him to call the cops. He spun on his heel and walked away.
Many years ago I was once detained by the army for shooting (film!) in woodland close to their base. I had no idea the installation was there, was only seventeen and they eventually let me go. However when I returned home many hours later via various friend's houses, there was a military vehicle waiting at the top of my parent's street, so they clearly took such events seriously.
Last year one chap I know was questioned for using his mobile phone at a railway station! He didn't have his reading glasses and had to peer at the keyboard and they assumed he was taking a photograph. Strange times we live in.
Surfers are very territorial like that in Malibu also.
Just the same in the UK at the moment with getting hassled by police and private security. We took a trip to do a night shoot of the local steelworks in south wales, Stood on a public road not causing any obstruction shooting images on a 5x4 during the night. Up comes the security from the site gives us the no photography as its a class one protected site and is illegal to photograph,and starts telling us he will have to delete our shots and giving it the terrorism laws.
Its become a farce in the UK the rights as a photographer have become so eroded after they bought in all the anti terror laws its making industrial photography impossible
No flash, no tripod, don't bodder nobodys.
I shoot without tripod all the time all over Chicago.
In 1977, at a Lou Reed concert at the Queen Elizabeth theatre in Vancouver.
The stage manager kept rejecting my press pass and venue credentials and kept kicking me out of the stage-side "pit".
And the road manager kept letting me back into the stage-side "pit".
Metra actually issued a memo about photography on their platforms, which they consider to be public, just asking that you not block traffic and even suggesting some good stations for trainspotting. I don't know their policy about photography inside their trains, which are presumably private property.
Otherwise, I have never been hassled by a Chicago police officer when photographing on a public way (e.g., city sidewalk), but private security guards think they can stop me from photographing their building from public property. They don't notice that I wouldn't photograph their building from 6 feet away (i.e., on their side of the street or river).