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Friday, June 10, 2005

Photography and Security

Reading this: Boing Boing: Photographer grills security guard about dumb policy

Thinking this: Killy and I once got called out by a security guard when we were taking pictures of a downtown building. So instead of taking pictures of the building, we took pictures of the reflection of the building in the paint of my car. It took place in post-9/11 Houston, where people were terrified that the terrorists would strike an out-of-the-way who'd-a-thunk kind of place next. It sucked--we weren't interested in making a scene but in retrospect you have to protect your right to do stuff or you will certainly lose it. Worse still, it isn't as if taking a picture or not taking a picture will change the (in)security of a large building, dam, water-works, refinery, etc. Security from obscurity has been shown time and time again to not work. If we were interested in "scoping out" the building for some nefarious deed, then the rent-a-cop wouldn't know it. The security person's orders come from people who wish to impose an easy way out on the rest of the world--you can't sue these the managers of this property for letting terrorists scope out their property.

From that perspective, I feel some sympathy for the people paid to be dick-heads, so to speak.


  • I don't remember if I posted the story along with the picture a year or so ago. I took a picture of the escalators coming out of Marta in Atlanta.
    I was Confronted by a Marta-cop, a very big fat lady cop, who was a bit of a bitch.
    It's one thing to be a "dick-head" by informing people of policy if not law, it's another thing when enforcement officials, be they "rent-a" or certified peace-keepers, berate you for doing something so obviously benign with no signs posted anywhere about such activity being prohibited.

    By Blogger taggart, at 3:25 PM  

  • i thought of precisely the same thing, adolph the second i read that this morning.

    By Blogger Killy, at 3:37 PM  

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