art through the lens

prison trees…

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after 3 miles of hills and wind resistance i find myself riding slowly past a prison.  i saw these incredibly sad-looking trees, i thought, “i’m here, they’re there, my camera’s in my bag… sure i’ll take the picture, why not?”  so how was i supposed to know you’re not allowed to photograph stuff right outside of a prison???  i got off my bike, walked over to the fence, took a few shots, and was done in less than 5 mins.  as i’m walking back to my bike – a mere 6 to 8 ft. away – not one, or two, but three vehicles circled me. all three quite normal looking, but clearly the men inside weren’t your average civilian.  they had bullet proof vests under their “security” t-shirts and gun holsters with guns in their utility belts.  as one all three get out of each of their cars, i realize that i probably shouldn’t have stopped to take pictures.  the chubbiest of the three men asked in a kind-hearted manner “what are you doing?”  i explained that i was only taking a photograph of the sad-looking trees, he asked to see the pictures and after about 10 mins of interrogation to make sure i wasn’t a terrorist or trying to break anyone out, he let me go.  i nearly got arrested for this shot.  as i walked back to my bike i thought “this shot was well worth it.”   anyway, another black and white here.  hope it’s enjoyable.


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  1. dario. . . only you could do something so awesome!


    March 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm

  2. were you on public land when you took the shot? if so, you should have told him to prove his authority to look over your images.

    if you were on state land, you didn’t have recourse.

    if it was a private prison, then that’s just a sad place …


    March 8, 2010 at 1:12 am

  3. Photography is not a crime.


    March 8, 2010 at 1:15 am

    • thanks dude… i greatly appreciate your support. i was actually on the driveway headed up to the prison so i was already on prison property. i fugured their authority as i saw their guns and since i didn’t want to get shot by these big and burly security men, or pinned to the floor, as i am a small guy, i was quite content with them just interrogating and letting me go. it was quite annoying but at least they let me keep the shots. anyway thanks again for your support… 🙂


      March 8, 2010 at 1:31 am

      • Their “authority” in regards to being able to tell you what to do with your photos is nonexistent (viewing, deleting, etc.). This doesn’t matter where you are, public or private. At most, they could just ask you to leave if you were trespassing. I fear you’re missing the point; you shouldn’t have to feel apologetic or guilty in exercising your rights, as documented by the 1st amendment.
        BTW… Great shot.

        Doc Hopper

        March 11, 2010 at 3:40 am

      • I think you are wise to realize that authority comes from overwhelming numbers and the ability to kill and cause suffering, and not from a scrap of paper or some noble words.

        Still, it would have made a better story…

        Random Internet Person

        March 11, 2010 at 9:20 am

  4. agreed


    March 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

  5. Another doting photo…but I feel very very sleepy when I see it. Hmmm? Maybe it’s the the trimmed looking weeds in the back. Anyhows another favorite.


    July 21, 2010 at 9:41 am

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