A Sad day in Boston

Started Oct 17, 2008 | Discussions thread
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A Sad day in Boston
Oct 17, 2008

I saw, for the first time, a very, very regular and harmless street photographer get verbally accosted by 3 Boston police officers for taking photos. They accused him very loudly, in front of shoppers and bystanders, of being a pedophile numerous times. Needless to say, the photog was VERY angry, and rightfully so since he has been a photographer for over 50 years and he is well known downtown (along with about 3 or 4 other regular street photographers). It made me sick to my stomach.

This is the very reason why I won't consider doing street photography. The general US population has become very cynical, paranoid and weary. And many the law enforcement members don't know or even care about our rights as photographers.

I will stick to nature photography. The flora and fauna don't care...
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