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You Can’t Photograph That, Continued

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Photographer Tracy Collins, who is creating an important photographic record of the Atlantic Yards footprint and project, had a bizarre encounter of the finest kind while taking photos of the closed Carlton Avenue Bridge. He calls it another episode of “You Can’t Photograph That.” This time, the photo vigilante wasn’t a police officer, but could well have been an employee of the developer developer or a public agency, although there’s a possibility she was just a private demented person. Here’s a sample from Mr. Collins’ blog, Not Another F*cking Blog:

so, yesterday, while taking my usual (almost) daily stroll around the Atlantic Yards footprint, i notice that the gate to the recently closed Carlton Avenue Bridge has been left partially open. seeing this as an opportunity to snap a few unobstructed photos of the soon-to-be-demolished bridge, i walk to a spot just outside of the gate, being careful to remain outside of the fenced-off area, and begin to shoot. [“soon-to-be-demolished” is subjective. it’s been closed for over a month with no visible signs of demolition] i manage to take about a dozen shots when i hear a shrill woman’s voice yelling:

“You can’t photograph that! It’s private property!!”

There is more and it makes fascinating reading. Mr. Collins’ flickr sets are available here.

[Image courtesy of Tracy Collins]

Tags: Atlantic Yards

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Feb 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

    If you can see it from public property, you can photograph it. That’s why I have curtains.