photo from DonnaGrayson
I’ve blogged plenty of times before about photographers getting hassled on private property about taking pictures. I noticed in the Los Angeles pool on Flickr that there was a photo posted (above) but Donna Grayson where she mentioned that not only was she told by a security guard that she was not allowed to photograph the public art, but also:
He [security guard] said “I think you will find that most buildings in Los Angeles will not allow you to take pictures of their property.”
Sure enough, as I walked down the street, his security guard pal in the next building was waiting for me at the end of their property. I guess he gave his buddy a phone call that I was on my way.
I know people talk about it being an issue of public safety, but I know that security guards have been shooing photographers for longer than we’ve had concerns about domestic terrorism (my first experience was in 1991 in Pittsburgh).
How is it that if I have a swimming pool I’m obligated to put up a big tall fence because otherwise I’m just asking for people to come swim in it, but putting up art in a place open to the public means that you can still restrict photography?