I’ve been enjoying the City, Still Life, Abstract section of Fred Miranda lately, so I brought my camera to work today to try to capture some photos like that. I had seen some cool oppurtunities around our building, like a hotel being torn down and a sign covered with graffiti.

Something I don’t run into when taking underwtare photography — or abstract or wedding photography for that matter — is angry goons. When I got to the construction site, I looked for someone to ask permission before taking some pictures, but found none. So I started shooting, living by my usual credo that it’s usually beter to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. After 15 minutes or so, a huge guy in an even bigger truck asks, “Hey, what’s with the photos?” “Nothing, I’m just taking some pictures.” “Who you with?!” “Nobody, they’re just for myself.” “Yeah,” he said, not really believing me.

I made the same mistake 10 minutes later, at the garage near our office building. I looked for someone to ask permission, didn’t find anyone, started snapping. “Can I help you?” “I’m just taking some pictures.” “What for?”

I guess when a nicely-dressed white guy shows up where you work and starts taking photos, that usually means you’re about to get sued.

Anyhow, click below for the rest of the set.

Welcome to the Jungle

Comments (3)

  1. Ben (reply)

    June 2, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    That’s my favorite forum, too, except I wish they would separate out the City from the Abstract, since they usually don’t have much to do with each other. Your pipes are the bomb, and I bet you can get away with the small DOF for your brochures…

  2. Ben (reply)

    June 2, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    BTW, I forgot to mention: try taking pics in an airport these days. Boy do they get worried quickly! I’m looking for a tiny digicam that I can hide away quickly for some of those opportunities, actually…

  3. site admin (reply)

    June 2, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    I usually blur the abstracts for background images. Maybe I’ll just say I bought them from you, invoice you, then split the loot… 😉

    I’ve been busted in an airport before. I wanted to take some pictures while my plane was taking off, then decided that my digital camera violated their “no electronics” rule during takeoff.

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Published on: 30 May 2006
Posted by: jlaity
Discussion: 3 Comments