Following Liam's run-in with the law, www.flickr.com/photos/liamjon-d/383490658/, I decided to try and make a nuisance of myself by blatantly photographing in the same area with a D70 and big 70-200 2.8 lens, since this spot is only a few minutes' drive away, just out of interest to see what would happen.
I parked my car next to the Mobil refinery/fuel storage facility adjacent to Brighton Cement, and started walking up the road towards Victoria Road, taking some photos of the tanks, and a truck that was refuelling near them. After walking up and taking a few pictures of the tanks for a minute or so (I actually really like this shot, even though I wasn't really there for the purpose of taking good photos) I started walking back down the road, to head over to the spot where Liam took his photo next to Brighton Cement.
As I passed by the entry gates again, after being there for perhaps two minutes, a security guard came out and called out: 'Can you come here for a minute please, I'd like to ask you a few questions.'
So I went over, and he asked what I was doing. I explained that I do some freelance work for a truck magazine (Truckin Life), so I take photos of trucks all over the place, and I take photos of the area that the Port Adelaide Enfield Council can look at if they want to use any. He then asked if I had any ID, so I showed him my driver's licence, and he asked to photocopy it. He then went on to ask if I'd seen the terrorist ads, and if I wanted to take photos anywhere in the area, I had to ask permission from the management.
After photocopying my licence, he wanted to write down why I was taking photos. I had about 5 or 6 attempts at getting him to understand the word 'Truckin', before I just said 'trucking, but without the G on the end'.
So he wrote that down, and then said 'Probably nothing more will come of this, but you can't take photos here without permission, and I'll have to ask you to leave and not take any more photos.'
I can understand that they have to look out for anything suspicious, but when you think about it, this doesn't really make sense. As Liam said, you could get a detailed picture of the layout from google earth, and easily take photos or video while driving past, without anyone knowing. I was blatantly walking around out the front with a big camera. I'd be a bit more subtle if I was planning anything sinister. I guess I gave him something to do.
Liam, maybe we can share an ASIO file?