No. No. No.

by Michael Sakowicz August. 21, 2009 3125 views

Human Beinz - Nobody But Me []

Today was something special. I could not wait to post this. A lot of you have commented or just straight out asked me about my photography in stores/private/public places. Well today, after picking something up at a local merchant, I saw a series of multi-colored 'awnings []' that I really liked. So… I pulled out my camera and started composing the shot. To my dismay, my camera's memory card was ‘FUBAR’, and needed to be ‘reformatted’, which I didn't realize nor know how to do until I got home…

The funny part to this long-drawn-out story is, as I was composing the shot, ‘mall security guard’ approached me and alerted me to not take any photographs. Naturally I asked him ‘why not?’ - since it seemed as though we we're in a rather ‘public’ spot. He quickly replied: ‘because this is a private mall. Photography is not allowed.’ I laughed out loud and told him about my faulty card - then walked away! It was a great moment filled with irony and now I am more motivated than ever to shoot photos in private/public spots! Cheers!

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Marta 11 years, 9 months ago

lol! great!
yes. yes. yes!:))))

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Iringã³ 11 years, 9 months ago

I have to learn English better, because I don`t understand all of your great stories :(

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Primavera Delima 11 years, 9 months ago

Don't you ever feel intimidated!Keep on the good work :) I often have that kind of problems lol

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Amoeba 11 years, 9 months ago

Good for you for defying mall security...and keep at it! I had the same thing happen in downtown LA when I was photographing some buildings...apparently it somehow compromises security...what the?!

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Carisma 11 years, 9 months ago

See I work for ::coughwalmartcough:: and I know that we have to stop people because of security issues, because people will record/photograph our exits and stuff so they can make a plan of action of how to rob us blind lol. So I would have to be one of the mean people to come ask you not to take a shot lol.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lynn 11 years, 9 months ago

Great story Mike...and a funny shot to go along with it!!! Strange indeed...but I'm sure you'll get the shot anyway :))

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Chris Buchan Jones 11 years, 9 months ago

ha ha good for you, I was acosted in pet smart for the same, got a few shots of the pets just before, so stupid

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Milton Jacob 11 years, 9 months ago


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Péter Somogyvári 11 years, 9 months ago

It was a weapon shop? :))

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Andrea Kennard 11 years, 9 months ago

Yep, been there myself. Stopped for the same reason, i.e. private estate apparently. And 'terrorism'. What that meant I don't know. But yep, won't stop me either. Go for it!

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Allison 11 years, 9 months ago

That is the worst thing, a full card, just when you are ready to shoot, so oo frustrating!
I agree with the comments - keep shooting!

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V Kookie 11 years, 9 months ago

sucks isn't it?
but theres lot other stuff you can shoot..hik!

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Jarvo J 11 years, 9 months ago

Great post. I hate these no photography rules when they crop up. Thankfully, round our way most places are pretty relaxed about it. I frequently take photos of prices and or specifications when shopping so that I can make comparisons without writing out notes, if a mall guard (or perhaps mal-guard) told me not to, I'd just not shop there.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marsha 11 years, 9 months ago

Ha....keep shooting, Mike....

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Betty Meade 11 years, 9 months ago

Oh, I love it. Keep shooting...what's the worse they could do to you...I'm always taken back when I'm shooting in a public place and am asked not to.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Robel Narte 11 years, 9 months ago

Man...that is a first time for me to really hear that there is a warning sign for photography on a mall? I know all malls are privately owned but on public lands..unless it is a jewelry store...anyway that is funny your card is should have a very nice capture before the security accosted you..lolz! Your post is a point to ponder..thanks a lot for sharing!
Best regards ,

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Tim 11 years, 9 months ago

I was with a school group in a shopping center some months back, and while we were having a coffee all the children were playing around and were recording with a video recorder i had gave to my son. suddenly the guard (it was a woman) came to tell us that we coudl let the children play with the cam five minutes more, but after that time we woudl have to turn it off cos it was forbidden recording there,, that was the first time i heard about that silly rule,,but I realise the guard herself knew that what she was telling was a bit out of reason, cos in fact she permitted five more minutes hehe... I can´t help takign photos in that places, but I usually do with my mobile phone, they never told me a word...and anyway,,some rules are just made to provoke us jumping on them ;)

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 11 years, 9 months ago

LOL!! beautiful stick!

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Sami 11 years, 9 months ago


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Aydin 11 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic picture!!

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Pedro Pinho 11 years, 9 months ago

Hehehe, sometimes it happens! Good post! :)

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 11 years, 9 months ago

You should have told him to [i][b]"Kiss my (_x_)!!!!!" [/b][/i]Great sign you made.

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Kevin 11 years, 9 months ago

Crazy! I got harassed once while taking photos of a house/yard from a sidewalk in a Cleveland neighborhood. Nothing happened, but it would've helped if I knew my rights as a photographer! I highly recommend that everyone read [url=]Photographer's Rights[/url] by Oregon attorney Burt Krages.

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Brian 11 years, 9 months ago

Love your tags for this:) I think next time you should take a picture of the rent a cop when he comes out. Make sure he doesn't have a taser.

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Jennye 11 years, 9 months ago

soooooo, are you going back? :))

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Lin 11 years, 9 months ago

HaH!! love it! ...I agree with some of the above comments--your photos are very interesting/different to look at, and I enjoy that! Welllll....keep on shooting my friend....just uh....look out for those security guards!!! :)

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David Swatton 11 years, 9 months ago

I was once stopped by security in the street in Canary Wharf (london Docklands) and told I couldn't take photographs because the whole estate is "private" - despite the fact it is served by London buses, the Underground and is criss-crossed by roads. Then when I asked why he wasn;t stopping anyone else I was told that because I had a tripod I must be taking photographs for commercial purposes!

Give a little man a uniform and look what you get!

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Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic picture!!
I know a couple that decided on a beautiful spring afternoon to do a shoot out the countryside. After he hade made the whole afternoon the most romantiche photos of his wife they drove back home and wanted to charge everything on their laptop...
...Great was their disappointment, the camera did not contained their memory card ... ;o)

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Ricardo 11 years, 9 months ago

that rule is stupid!=)
As more they say to not take a pic, the most I do ;)

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Sandyk 11 years, 9 months ago

you will still go in stores a take pictures.... because if you dont who will? and I like your photos of places and things :))

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Christa 11 years, 10 months ago

:)) You like going against the rules, don't you??

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Dorothe 11 years, 10 months ago

LOL! That`s life, full of ironic.....

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Smitha 11 years, 10 months ago

ohhh That would have been a nice picture :)
Anyhow i did not clearly understood what this post actually means or what you wanted to tell us, still i believe your photographs are little different from the photographs I take... But that is what makes you unique and that is what drags me to your blog :)

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