So the other day I was out photographing on the streets of Denver.
I was photographing a dead tree with the all the limbs cut off. It was in someone’s backyard, though I photographed from the sidewalk. A neighbor pulled up in her expensive Volvo, and I asked me what I was doing. Photographing, I responded.
She inquired further, and final I told I am a professional, and know the laws of photography, and there was nothing I was doing that could be construed as wrong or illegal. Well, I am going to check that out, she responded, and got out her iPhone. Have at it, I said, and continued to walk around with my camera.
For about 15-20 minutes, she crept along behind me, following me in her car. Eventually a cop showed up; she called the police on me. I spoke with the officer for a few minutes, and he drove away; he acknowledged I was fully within my rights.
When I got home, I went online and downloaded some pictures of her home off the internet. Do you think she finds this concerning? that this violates her privacy? (This only took a few moments – it’ll be a few more weeks before I even get my film developed.) Why she as concerned about Edward Snowden’s disclosures about government surveillance? Is privacy and security really just a matter of out-of-sight-out-of-mind?