Photography Is No Longer a Crime in Los Angeles

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In 2011, Long Beach Post reporter Greggory Moore was detained by cops for taking photos outside a courthouse. Eight sheriffs deputies detained, frisked, and interrogated him, saying his actions were suspicious.

In the wake of 9/11, the Los Angeles Police Department established an anti-terror laundry list of 48 suspicious activities, including taking pictures with “no aesthetic value,” that could be used to stop people for questioning.

The spirit of that list was, for the most part, adopted by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and the Long Beach Police Department, and officers from those organizations have been accused of detaining legitimate photogs for snapping shots of what law enforcement deemed to be sensitive sites, such as courthouses, refineries, jails and tall buildings. [read]

On mothers, cancer and zombie photographers

This morning I read a wonderful article by photographer Olivier Duong. Please take a read, it will inspire you.

Plato said “The unexamined life is not worth living” and it’s a quote that is pretty deep. It’s the reason that you do something, the “Why” of things that separate living people from zombies.

Your purpose in photography……What are you trying to do with your images?

If you don’t have a reason for your photography, you won’t fight for it, because deep down you probably don’t think it’s worth a damn. [read Inspired Eye]