Title: They Can Make it Illegal...

Capture Date/Time: December 07 2004 18:45
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
Focal Length: 12mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/4 - 1/2.5 sec
ISO: 200
Flash: None

...but can they make it unpopular? I am posting this one because of all that recent news that has traveled on Chicago webzines and blogs about how Millennium Park is a copyrighted public space. I also hear about photographers being harrased by security there for taking photos, especially with a tripod. I guess I just do a really good job at pulling off that harmless asian tourist stereotype. Does anyone have Anish Kapoor's e-mail address? I was going to ask him for permission to document his works since I just love them, haha :)

8 commentsAdd yours

02.08.05/12:01 AM david jones said:

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO... emm take pictures...

02.08.05/08:31 AM pablo korona said:

i'm telling.

02.08.05/11:01 AM Erik said:

Hey, I copy-wrote da 3rd tile from the right, 2nd row from da bottom. Please remove it from yer site!!!

02.08.05/11:03 AM randombanner said:

I read an article about the photo ban yesterday and immediately thought of your great photos of the Bean. "Copyrighted public space", that's total BS! Keep firing away and more power to you!

02.08.05/02:58 PM steven said:

breakin' the law, breakin' the law

great pic

02.08.05/11:27 PM chris said:

Yes, I have been harrased by the "security" people there. They came up to me and asked "Are those personal pictures?" I am like WTF?? So, I kept taking pictures and basically told them off. The security guy kept getting in my shots on purpose though. He said that photos with a tripod were not allowed.

At anyrate, I got my shots (although they were hurried). I will go back and take more pictures. It was funny hearing that guy radio in "Uh, yea, we got a guy down here taking pictures with a tripod, he is STIL doing it!"

I just ignored him.

02.09.05/11:59 AM Kenneth Ilio said:

You never cease to amaze me. You'd think that every angle of The Bean has been photographed, then you post this very different, fresh perspective.

And yup, I had the same experience at the Bean, not quite harassed really, but as soon as I set up my tripod, a guard came up to me and ask the same question ... is that for personal use? I almost wanted to say to her ... why don't you ask that other guy there with a 10,000 dollar medium format camera? I guess they only ask people with tripods ... tripod = professional. I've been using my VR lenses ever since. But it's not the same.

02.10.05/04:12 AM Anand said:

The bean really is a remarkable sturcture. It has a nature such that it exhibits different qualities in every instance it is observed. The bean will definately become one of the characteristic images that define Chicago, much like the guardian lions, buckingham fountain, or the wrigley field marquis to name a few.