Photographic life in the Grand Banana Republic

Posted: July 27, 2010 in Current events

Here are a few examples (just a few, mind you) of the hazards of photographing in the GBR:

“I am on a city street, in a public place,” Py replied. “Taking pictures is a right that I have, protected by the First Amendment.”

“The camera was rolling when an unmarked gray sedan cut him off as he stopped behind several other cars along Exit 80.”

“So, there I was cigar in hand with camera in tote. I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, in the Georgetown section of the District of Columbia. After a fun and fulfilled day of taking pictures in DC, I was heading home and observed a traffic stop. I put out my cigar and started to take pictures from across the street.”

Caught with a camera in the Grand Banana Republic

“A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo. The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn’t agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.”

“Taking photographs of failed oil booms — which trap oil in coastal waterways, or simply float ineffectively — could be a class D felony and result in a $40,000 fine…”

Big dumb Banana Republic kopper protects BP from being photographed.


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