I don’t watch a lot of local news but fortunately, this story is online so all can view the stupidity that seems to be a growing part of living in the DC area.
There’s been a lot of buzz in the past few years about people being harassed for taking pictures in public places around the District, the latest wave centered on Union Station.
Last week a reporter from the local Fox affiliate did a story on the topic which included filming segments inside the Station itself.
However, the true irony here is that while they were interviewing a representative from Amtrak (it is a train station, after all), a security guard tried to stop them saying that there was a “no photography” policy in the building.
Of course, he couldn’t define the policy and the reporter wasn’t able to find it on the company web site or get an official copy from the company that manages the site.
They also showed video of several tourists snapping away without being harrassed, something I’ve observed every time I’ve been there.
The Fox story ended with a note about the District Congressional representative (give that lady a vote, already!) proposing some kind of legislation on the matter.
I’m not sure a new law is required but someone certainly needs to explain to all the paranoid security people in this area that photography does not equal terrorism.
If you’re interested in more on this issue, the very active DC Photo Rights group in flickr is a good place to start.