So I debated whether or not I should “actually” post this on my blog…but after thinking it over and deciding that I want to really put my life out there, for YOU to get to know – I decided I’d go ahead and share.
A few days ago, I took another one of my “photowalks,” however this journey led me (us) into a tough spot.
My buddy James Law and I headed to an area south of downtown to get some urban/industrial style photos of different patterns and anything we found interesting. Despite what had happened that day, we came across some REALLY cool locations and ended up with some great shots. (You can see his on the website at the link above)
So we were walking down near the MTS trolley yard when we came across a lot that looked like it had some cool architecture. The gate was wide open, and we casually walked in towards the trolley tracks when – not even 40 yds in – we hear a guy from outside the gate yell, “HEY! COME HERE!” and, “LET’S SEE SOME ID!”
We were both pretty ‘taken aback’ at this point, but calmly walked over and gave him our drivers licenses, talked it over, and let him know we weren’t there trying to get surveillance footage or anything – just some cool artistic street photos. Apparently they take anyone on the property very seriously – as they compared it towards entering into an airport plane lot and sneaking on to a plane. After a few minutes of talking, the whole MTS crew that was there seemed pretty understanding about the whole thing – however after a few MORE minutes a couple other transit police officers showed up – one of them apparently seemed to be having a REALLY bad day.
All in all, walked away with a ticket to appear in court for trespassing and loitering. (PS – I’ve never actually heard of anyone really getting written up for “loitering.”
And while it’s a bit incriminating to admit that I was stopped by police and ticketed for something related to my work, I would hope that anyone that reads this considers the length that we both went as photographers. The purpose of the photography we had done that day wasn’t for a client, it wasn’t a school project, and probably not intended to even be printed out for any type of use. What James and I had set out to do was to improve our abilities as photographers, to recognize the art in the ordinary, and to capture the culture of the city.
As a photographer, I strongly believe it’s necessary to think in new ways, use an unorthodox approach to grow your ability, and strive to create a union between subject and surrounding. Doing these walks, I attempt to understand myself and my surroundings to a full extent, allowing complete freedom for creativity to be expressed in any shot that I do.
I would hope that if a prospective client were reading this they would recognize this characteristic about me, and respect the idea that I go to such great lengths to improve my abilities as a photographer – recognizing that sometimes boundaries need to be broken and you need to think outside the conventional box to transcend your capabilities as an artist.
Or, they might just think that I’m a dumb-ass and should have read the sign outside the gates.
In any case, I hope you like the pictures from the walk – believe it or not, the BEST photos actually came “after” we were stopped by the police!