Photography is NOT a crime

Back in mid-May I was wandering Metrorail and found a random odd device. I took this photo of it, what turned out to be a Metrorail air tester, and I was promptly stopped by a Metrorail station manager.

She asked what I was doing and when I politely explained my interest in all things mass transit, that I am a transit foamer, she laughed and let me go about my WMATA photographing ways.

Just the other day, Chip Py was not so lucky. He was harassed when trying to take photos of downtown Silver Spring. Remembering my Metrorail photography moment, I now realize how close I was to an incident and how lucky I was to be stopped by a sane Metro manager.

If you wander DC with a camera like I do, then you’ve had your share of close calls too.

And its time you share your desire to keep photographing this great city by joining Metroblogging DC in a declaration of photographic freedom, a Silver Spring Photo Walk to remind Washingtonians that photography is NOT a crime.

2 Comments so far

  1. B (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    As you might know, photography on WMATA is 100% legal (except possibly at the Pentagon Station, where there are signs saying no photography). For more information, see this link ( Scroll the bottom for WMATA. Also see that there is a link there to an official document on WMATA’s website that says photography is legal. I carry that with me whenever I photograph WMATA.

  2. Don (unregistered) on July 12th, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    There may be actual legislation regarding the Pentagon station, however I’ll point out that simply putting up a sign doesn’t make it legal or not legal. Even law enforcement has been known to make patently false claims. In fact since it’s been established by the Supremes that it’s acceptable for police to lie to a suspect in the course of an interrogation I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d say it was also okay to put up signs that make claims contrary to the law…

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