The other night I went to the movies with my son and a few friends. We decided to grab a coffee afterwards. Now, I am rarely without a camera, and this particular evening I was carrying my trusty Ricoh GR Digital. Of all things, the escalators caught my eye and I thought I would grab a quick photograph of the geometry that presented itself.
Within moments, the security people arrived. A very friendly security guard told me I was not allowed to take photographs within the complex. I wonder if the same would be the case if I had been taking a snapshot of my friends. As it was I was pointing my lens downward at the escalators.
To me the whole thing is getting ridiculous. Where, when and with what you are able to take photographs these days is getting out of hand. I know the world is more frightened since pedophilia on the internet and 9/11, but perhaps by restricting our creative freedoms to this degree we should ask ourselves if maybe the pedophiles and the terrorists are winning. Me? I view no man as my enemy. I just want to take photographs.