45 Fremont, #4

So today there I was minding my own business shooting 45 Fremont in downtown San Francisco when all of a sudden a Shorenstein Company employee security guard decides to give me the finger in my photographs of the building. Next thing you know I get the typical hassle. Except normally when the guards come out all polite like and all this guy instead comes out middle finger a blazing and telling me that I'm not allowed to photograph the building from the public space.


He goes on to tell me how he doesn't like to have his photograph taken, etc. (hint, if you don't like your photograph taken, probably best not to come swaggering out of a public building middle finger a blazin', remember any old asshole can have a blog these days). And insists on telling me how if I want to photograph the building I'm going to need to get approval from building management. blah, blah, blah.


Well, this guy got off on the wrong foot with me in the first place so I politely inform him that despite his objections that I'm on public property and as such have every right to photograph whatever I want and if he'd like he can feel free to call the police and the three of us can have a conversation. Of course he asks me why I need to be such an asshole and I remind him that he was the one giving me the bird, etc. etc. All I am is a lowly photography hobbyist but that since he was being so nice and all that he could look forward to his photo being on the internet.


He asks me if I *really* want him to call the police. Again, I answer nicely, yes.


Click through for the rest of the story... thomashawk.com/2006/04/photographing-architecture-is-not....

  • d'namur 6y

    default #3

  • jrfphotography 6y

    vulgar and intimidating
  • Bo Jangles Hyde 6y

  • Michael Paul 6y

    I've seen that guy, if he still works there I will tell him he's a prick.

  • Frank Denardo 6y

    I f I see that guy on the street I will get a friend from Naples Italy and WHACK HIM DEAD!!! He won't get any mercy being that my friend DOES NOT speak or understands English.
  • Greg Hayter 6y

    haha this is great, even though it really isnt a save worthy picture.. well written story.
  • Nick Gassmann 6y

    lol this was the image that got me to start following you on Flickr.
  • Lip Jin Lee 6y

  • Daniel Hoherd 6y

    Hahaha, ƒ awesome
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  • aminta 5y

    i've been looking through photographs for hours... and this is the first extremely original photo i've seen

    seriously dude... i'm impressed
  • judyboy 5y

    All I can say is, "what a d*uchebag".... great job setting him straight in a calm fashion.
  • Nino Lo Pinto 5y

    fantasti real life photo
  • Truthout.org 5y

    Great pic, thanks for making it Creative Commons. We adapted it for an image on our non-profit news site, hope you like it:
    Back at ya, buddy. by Truthout.org
  • Steve Paige 3y

    Outstanding !!!!!
  • Bill Holmes 3y

    So, Thomas, what's it like out there 6 years later?
  • judyboy 3y

    This still gives me the chuckles... what a d*ck!
  • Larry 2y

    ONE hope he sees himself on the net soon and then he will see how foolish he was. But Bravo to you for catching moment. Gods in the Heaven only know why I love photos of humans shring the middle finger.
  • Mick Nolan 4mo

    Finger lickin' good!
  • Bill Holmes 4mo

    I wonder if he's just as stupid now as he was then.
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