It was real brush with the law today.
I went out at lunchtime today to drop off some dry cleaning and on the way back, I stopped at the local village hall/police station building. There was an inflatable Easter bunny in front of the village hall half of the building that I considered doing a facedown in front of. Bright sun, a pile of rocks and a padlocked bike blocking my shot made me reconsider. On the other side of the building there were police cars parked. Black and white police cars. I considered what I was wearing - black and white - and thought it would be perfect for a FDT shot.
As I got my gear all ready, I wondered if it was okay to be doing this. Sure it is. All I have to do is quickly set my tripod on the ground, compose, take a quick test shot and then get in position, shoot, done. I ended up taking a couple more shots than I planned, but finished and grabbed my tripod and walked back to my car.
But before I reached my car, this guy who had been sitting in another parked car came out and asked me what I was doing and that "they" said that I needed to go inside and talk to someone at the desk. So, I went inside to one window and she didn't know anything about it. Then the guy from the parking lot directed me to another window. I approached it and explained to the woman that I was taking pictures for a photo project. She told me to wait there for the sergeant.
So I waited. And breathed deep. And waited. And calmed myself. Okay, so maybe I'll just have to delete the shots I just took. Breathe. Not such a big deal, right? Breathe. Well, wait, maybe I shouldn't delete my images. Breathe some more.
The sergeant finally came out. I asked him if I wasn't supposed to be taking pictures. He said that it was okay, but he said that someone said that I was laying under the car. They were worried that I was putting a bomb or something under there! Yikes! I tried to remain calm and explained as briefly and as matter-of-factly as I could about FDT. I explained that I was only laying in front of the car and offered to show him my shots, which he did want to see. He said that someone else was doing that recently. (What? A local FDT'er that I don't know about??!)
I then breathed a big sigh of relief and left. The guy and his car were gone. I don't know if he was on the force or just Mr. Private Citizen who reported something he found suspicious.
Would I do it again? Sure. Anything for FDT. ;)