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The security guard of the building approached me and said "Miss, you can't take pictures of our property."


I said "I'm sorry I'll leave"


He said "Thats okay, no problem." Sounding shocked that I was so agreeable.


I said "Its just that your sculpture is so pretty I wanted a photo."


He said "I think you will find that most buildings in Los Angeles will not allow you to take pictures of their property."


Sure enough, as I walked down the street, his security guard pal in the next building was waiting for me at the end of their property. I guess he gave his buddy a phone call that I was on my way.


So they put all this beautiful artwork in the courtyards, design these beautiful fountains and landscape gardens - and then they won't let you take pictures in Downtown Los Angeles


One person thought it had to do with Terrorists. Another person said it has to do with Movie Scouts looking for locations, and they want you to pay for your time.

Whichever, I think its unfortunate. Downtown LA is so pretty.

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  • FOTOGRAFIA.Nelo.Esteves 9y

    Its sad that property managers are now abusing their power to keep people from shooting public art that they provided for people to view and experience.

    Nice capture! I hope the guards do not deter you from continue to shoot what you like in public spaces!
  • n+s 9y

    i had the same experience here in toronto last week.
  • coreena 9y

    wonderful image!
  • schoningdo (Learning to KIS) 9y

    Nice sculpture, it's a shame that you had so much trouble. Next time do a drive by photo shoot. LOL
  • zelnunes 9y

    great shot, Donna!
    and sorry about all that paranoia!
  • anyjazz65 9y

    Good shot and story. Happened to me too...
    Reflections in a forbidden building.
  • brianwallace has moved (see profile) 9y

    Please post the address of this building. I want to go take some photos.
  • Bright Vibes 9y

    Hi, everyone - thanks for your comments.

    brianwallace - the only thing I can tell you is that it is about 2 or 3 blocks away from Disney Concert Hall. I walked through the beautiful courtyard to the next street over. And thats when I saw the wonderful abstract art.
    Its not the green and white building that caused me the problems. But it is the office building with this amazing sculpture.
    Sorry but thats all the info I have.
  • Digital Trav 9y

    If you're standing on public property (city sidewalk) while taking the photo, you can tell the guard to take a hike.
  • B. 9y

    What an interesting story, Donna. We have had similar incidents in Toronto, business owners objecting to having their sign photographed, or in one case, in a gas station, the proprietor didn't want his graffiti'd ice machine photographed. Crazy! I think if it's there, it should be shot, but that's because I'm a flickr obsessive!!!
  • Steve & Michelle Gerdes 7y

    Great story & great shot!
    I great it ALL the time too, bu t am luck as I have a small camera and can take more photos on the sly.

    Hi, Michelle here, I'm a moderator for a group called; Flickr LA
    Please post this great photo and other LA Area shot you have.
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