45 Fremont, #1

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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....

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  1. johnny onion [deleted] 60 months ago | reply

    great story and link to your blog. i'm gonna go out today and shoot the big steel and glass downtown and see who emerges. doubt i'll get a finger 'cause everyone here is so mellow, but we'll see.
    know your rights! -the clash.
    the pic is nice, but the fade-to-white effect at top left is, for me, too seve. great perspective, though.
    delete3

  2. liber 60 months ago | reply

    Freedom for photographers!

    -Voted 'save' (by the Delete Me Uncensored Group) using photoratr

  3. An Nguyen Photography 60 months ago | reply

    what are the rights about photographic public spaces and landmarks? has anyone else had this problem? not me. i'll save this for the story despite the blown sky and top of building.

    -Voted "save2" (by the Delete Me Uncensored Group)

  4. samuel t ludwig 60 months ago | reply

    Wish you could've framed the text better.

    delete5

  5. Matthias Rhomberg 60 months ago | reply

    blown a little too early

    delete6

  6. Ivan Makarov 60 months ago | reply

    exposure ..

    delete7

  7. iam.cynical 60 months ago | reply

    No boobs. No bird. Nice story.

    -Voted 'delete8' (by the Delete Me Uncensored Group) using photoratr

  8. MeckiMac 60 months ago | reply

    just great! How can someone delete this?

    -Voted "save3" (by the Delete Me Uncensored Group)

  9. Ѕhims 60 months ago | reply

    Like this

    delete9

  10. halfy666 60 months ago | reply

    the frame ratio seems wired, like to see more beyond the bottom

    -Voted 'delete10' (by the Delete Me Uncensored Group) using photoratr

  11. brodysattva 60 months ago | reply

    shims - you like, yet delete?

  12. Ѕhims 60 months ago | reply

    read comment above me ...

  13. Nate Kay 59 months ago | reply

    Great shot, featured in Window Pictures.

  14. O4karitO 49 months ago | reply

    The Best photo! May I use it on my real estate site? sea-estate.ru

  15. Freelance Advisor 36 months ago | reply

    Great shot! We've used it in an article on Limited Companies vs Sole Trader.

    Thanks for providing it!

  16. Exploratorium Observatory 32 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called
    San Francisco - a sense of time, a sense of place
    , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. NFerrara 14 months ago | reply

    Absolutely Amazing!!!

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