Can't photograph OUTSIDE of buildings?

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Brent Allen Thale
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Can't photograph OUTSIDE of buildings?
Jun 24, 2010

This is probably a boring story but when I was in LA last week attending the E3 video game show (photos here: http://www.wingedmammal.com/e3_2010/e3_2010.shtml )

I had some time to kill before the show opened so I walked over to Staples Center next door and took some throwaway shots of the statues outside the building, and a guard came over and demanded I identify myself and tell him who I was working for. I showed him my E3 badge and explained the situation and he said they don't allow photography of Staples Center, even the OUTSIDE. I had never heard that one before. I asked him what his justification was and he just gave me a blank unfocused look (he would not really make eye contact like he didn't consider me a person) and said "We have our reasons."

This is the forbidden photo:

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