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Know Your Enemy.





This happened a few hours ago. I've taken to walking round with the digital camera, just as I used to do with disposables when I was putting together the Urban Sprawl Project. You never know what you might come across, basically. Well, I came across this out in Blacktown. It's down from the train station, across from the Salvation Army building and the bowling alley and the CES building.* There's a mosque out behind it, too, but this caught my attention right away due to my cynical nature. I took a few shots of it. When I began, there were a couple of people sitting outside the door, and they glanced at me, but I ignored them.

After a couple of shots, I disappeared to get some of the mosque, just for the fuck of it. Then I made my way back round, heading for the car, and I stopped and took a couple more. The one you're seeing is a cut down version of the first shot I took, where I basically cut out some wire fence and building. It's odd how the first one is the one I usually stick with. Chalk it up to amateur ethics, I guess.

Anyhow, this time, however, a guy comes out calling to me. He's this small, roundish man, and reminds me a little of the American actor Michael Badalucco. Imagine an Australian sounding version of him and you're right on. Anyhow, he waddles along, calling out to me, and I turn and pull out my headphones and say, "Yeah?"

"Can I ask you who you're taking these photos for?"

"Myself."

"Yourself?" He didn't look like he believed me.

"Yeah." Knowing that this wasn't going to be a good enough explanation, I add, "Don't you think there's something funny about those windows--"

"We're getting them fixed!" he spits. "We can't help if they're broken."

"Sure, wasn't saying that. Just saying that there's something funny about it."

He eyes me through the mesh fence, and it's not friendly. I got the feeling that what he really wanted to do was rip the camera out of my hands and pull the film out, like an old, angry movie star. Shame about that on so many levels. Finally, he says, "You know that you need a permit to take photos of buildings, don't you?"

"A permit?"

"Well, permission." He frowns. "You need to ask. It's suspicious to just walk around a building and take photos of it."

"It is?"

"Yes."

"Well, I just thought the sign and windows was funny, man. That's all."

"You just look suspicious doing that."

"I look suspicious?"

"Yes."

The conversation wasn't really go anywhere, so I shrugged, said, "They're just for myself," and that sort of settled it. Turning, I began walking back through the car park, and you know, I didn't turn round, but I could have sworn that he watched me all the way. Cause, you know, I'm a suspicious looking fellow, yes I am.




* Note: if you work for the CES in Family Planning or anywhere in that building, kill yourself now. You're part of the problem.

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deborahb
Feb. 18th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
And the barbed wire fence. The barbed wire fence is funny. Is it for keeping people in or out? ;)

Should be called the Police Citizens Youth Club FUCK YOU VERY MUCH.
benpeek
Feb. 18th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
well, the barb wire fence is for keeping people out. shame that the gate is wide open, however. i mean, i could've just walked right in there and stolen... um, a dumpster.

citizen is just such a policed state word, isn't it?
i_ate_my_crusts
Feb. 18th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Oviously you are a TERRORIST with intent to destroy our FREEDOM. Afterall, you went to the MOSQUE, which we all know is a hotbed of ... well, RELIGION.

It is patently not illegal to take photographs of buildings if you are in a public space. You certainly need a permit if you are within private land depending on purpose. eg, you can't take pictures inside a cityrail station without permission, if the pics are to be used in a (commercial? maybe?)publication.

I also note that the pics may have been just for you at the time of taking, but you have now published them for an audience of INFIDELS. Shame on you!

...and have a nice day.
benpeek
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
did i forget to mention that i had a bag of fertalizer on me?

anyhow, i do know it's illegal to take photos of state run things and sell them. like the opera house. and it's apparently illegal to take photos in a shoping centre--or, at least if you do it, you'll find yourself with security next to you pretty damn quickly.
i_ate_my_crusts
Feb. 18th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
anyhow, i do know it's illegal to take photos of state run things and sell them. like the opera house.

It is? We do that at work and don't seem to have any problems doing so...

Of course, our "selling" is as part of a published work, so that probably alters things. I wanna find out, though. There's a big uproar about a statue in Chicago which cannot be photographed and has security guards around it to ensure nobody does so, because it is copyrighted. Whacko.
benpeek
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
i'm not sure on the whole ins and outs of it. indeed, i may be wrong, but i do remember that taking photos of the opera house for professional sales (possibly only for yourself) is not on.

could be wrong, though.
joey_j0jo
Feb. 18th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
PCYC, you know, there's one in Cab as well.. Apparently, it's a 'nice' place. :)
benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
what do they mean by nice place, exactly? you can't trust a nice place.
studebakerhawk
Feb. 19th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
Camera shrieked as the fat man grabbed and opened and with a hiss and a click and a pop, camera's insides began to spray out.

You on campus this week? Should grab a cup of Joe. Whatever thefuck that means/
benpeek
Feb. 19th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
nah, not out this week.

don't reckon i'll be out there till i finish with this book, so i can give it to someone. in theory. what's your time table like out there, anyhow?
studebakerhawk
Feb. 19th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
Well i'm there pretty much 9-5 every day this week, then next week i start honors though i'm not sure what my honors timetable will look like, or even if i'll get the consultant i requested. Summer courses fucking SUCK.
benpeek
Feb. 20th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
summer courses? man, that was kind of you to give up your summer.

anyhow, chuck me an email once you get your honours timetable. i won't be out at the uni, but i'll drift through the city every now and then, and we can work something out there if you want.
jack_ryder
Feb. 20th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
Law of the West
So, because this guy says it's illegal you're meant to believe him and go? Any indication of what gave him the right to declare the legality of your actions? Was he a security guard?

Or was he just one of the increasing number of bullies who says something's illegal because they'll beat the crap out of you if you say otherwise (or, indeed, resort to real legal knowledge.)

This appears to be part of a trend, where a little knowledge allows me TO BEAT THE LIVING CHRIST OUT OF YOU!

And I'd just like to take this opportunity to blame the government for making people feel they can get away with this kind of sh*t.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: Law of the West
ah, he was just some kind of guy. i didn't much worry about it, since i'd taken the photos i wanted anyhow. even if i hadn't, i wouldn't have worried about it.

incidently, you don't have to censor your swear words here. we like 'em properly spelt :)
jack_ryder
Feb. 21st, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
Re: Law of the West
aw, shit...
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