I always love shooting at carnivals. The beautiful lights and the colors allow me to come up with amazing shots. However, I recently had an unfortunate experience I got kicked out of the carnival because of taking pictures.
The carnival was back! Oh, how I love shooting carnivals. The lights, the colors, the fun! On a Friday evening I decided that I was going to shoot at a small roaming carnival that had set up nearby. I was shooting solo, which is always interesting. I arrived at dusk, just in time to get some good sunset shots. Soon enough, it was dark, people poured in, the lights were twinkling, and I was in heaven. I took a preliminary walk around the carnival getting a feel for angles and opportunities. Of course people stare when you have a camera in your hands, but that didn’t bother me. A few kids asked me about my camera and I asked if they wanted their picture taken. They started posing and acting silly…It was great! I then made it back to my car where I set up my tripod for some long exposures. I just LOVE the light trails made by spinning rides. About 45 minutes had passed when I got a uneasy feeling but I still kept shooting.
Enter the d*uche-bag on a Segway. From my left, a rolling j*ck*ss came into view, telling me that I had to leave. B*llsh*t! I was in a parking lot…public property. He argued with me saying I was infringing on copyrights and blah blah blah. I stood my ground of course, trying to explain MY rights, no dice. He threatened to call the police. F*ck it! I was alone, had all my gear in my car and didn’t want any trouble. I started breaking down my gear and got in my car. I sat there for a bit steaming with anger. Then drove away realizing how f*cked up our society is.
The moral of this story is that, as photographers, we will all run into problems like this. Be it angry parents, security guards or some old lady; you will be harassed. However, you must develop immunity to it or you will miss out on some great shots. Be kind, polite and civil, even if they aren’t. Don’t let the man keep you down. Bring a copy of photographer’s rights with you all the time to keep them off of your back. Most importantly, don’t get defeated! There is always next time.