Normally you would see one of my blog posts start with my sharing an image, sadly that isn’t the case with this blog post, let me tell you why.
As you know from my last couple blog posts I am on the road this week and working out of my companies offices in the Phoenix area. As the day was winding down today it was becoming clear that the sunset was going to be one of those epic Arizona sunsets that most people outside of Arizona have no idea about. Since I had just made a #WayBackMachine post featuring an image made from a parking garage near 7th St. & I10 I thought I would head back there tonight to shoot the sunset that was developing before my eyes.
As I arrived there were already 2 other still photographers and a guy with what appeared to be broadcast type video gear shooting the sky as the sun was starting to set. I started setting up my tripod and getting my camera ready when a security guard approached us. His first question was what we were doing there. At pretty much the same time all of us said we were talking pictures of the sunset. The guards response what “that makes no sense, your obviously not middle eastern but there are a lot of American terrorists and I suspect you are targeting airplanes.” I asked him if he was serious and he insured me that he was, and that American was full of terrorists and there is “no other reason to be taking pictures.”
At this point I started putting my gear away, I hadn’t actually finished setting up and hadn’t made a single capture yet. The security guard started insisting that we leave and he started taking pictures of us and the video guy asked him what he was doing, the security guards answer was “getting evidence for when one of those planes explode.” I’m serious, I don’t think I could make this up.
Since I was on private property I simply packed up my gear and left, but I am getting so sick and tired of this “war on photography.” Sigh!