Photographing in the post 9/11 world...

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Photographing in the post 9/11 world...
10 months ago

I got questioned twice yesterday morning shooting photographs of a beautiful old elevated highway in Kearny, NJ.  I'm working on a photo essay of the area.  The elevated bridge I was photographing looks like it was built out of an erector set.  It runs through an industrial area, mostly deserted at that time on a Sunday morning.  Both times I was stopped the officers/officials couldn't have been more polite, listened to my explanation of my photography project, and departed.  But the incidents made me feel uneasy.  It seems like carrying a camera with a large lens arouses all kinds of suspicions and is an invitation to being questioned.

I was wondering what other photographers do to deal with this.  Among the things I was thinking about were buying and wearing a photo vest, having business cards made to hand out, carrying my portfolio around with me in a backpack...or developing a thicker skin.:-D

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