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Uncle Pete

« on: January 23, 2015, 10:57 »

"How would you feel if you were taking photos of some train tracks and suddenly found your name on a list formed by the government of people acting suspiciously? What about photos of planes taking off and landing, sea ports or industrial buildings? NPR reported today that such a list exists and I'll post some shots of it below. If your name shows up on this list be ready to have the FBI knock on your door or give you a call as one photographer in LA experienced. "

Amusing... I'm either on this list or should be. I take railroad photos, I go to the airport and take pictures of planes taking off and landing, I've been down to the docs where the seagoing freighters come and go. I think they are industrial and attractive.

« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 11:37 »
 ;D ;D ;D me too ;D ;D ;D
i don't know how many times i have been on that list...
border crossing, shopping center, public demonstration,
i have been approached by those security guys (not police, the police say they don't
go after photographers, but they did laugh it off with me saying the security guys...ie
guys who did not make it to the cadet school...
are a bit over the top. sort of duke of hazard reminiscent)... for just about everything under the sun
from pedophilia to shoplifter to even international spy
(honest, no kid)...
where the bodyguards surrounded me because i just happen to be taking photos of fish by the marina.
i did not know there was some grey haired guy with a cute young girl , maybe a rendevous during one of those international summits, and suddenly i was asked for my passport and where i was staying.
before you know it, they came to my hotel to ask about me. i had a strange visit from the air-conditioning man saying they had to check my air-con, probably to put a bug in my room  :D

love to hear your own experience on suspicious activities ;D ;D ;D
« Last Edit: January 23, 2015, 11:40 by etudiante_rapide »

« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 16:05 »
I'm waiting for a drone to hover outside my cellar window spying on me taking pictures of my dogs over white background, LOL!

« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2015, 20:03 »
I think it's ok. Safety authorities must control who behaves conspicuously. And let's face it. We photographers often behave ourselves strangely. Lie on our stomachs to get the best viewing angle. We wait for hours on a passing train or a plane. We are often in the same place. But, who makes just photos, has nothing to hide. Better that way than if no one would ever worry about security.

« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 03:36 »
Also experienced it a few times. Photographing industrial plants in rotterdam and the police stopped for a chat. Not to tell me it was forbidden ( I was on a public road), but to tell me that there are also people who really won't like it. For instance the companies' security people.
A half year later sort of the same. Police stopped to check what I was doing. Nothing harmfull, but they "knew" I had been questioned in Rotterdam half a year ago.

But I don't really believe they put photographers like us on a sort of national security list, at least not in my country.


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