Last week, I read The Artist’s Statement, and it made me so mad that I emailed the city of Seattle to tell them that I wasn’t going to vacation there. There is no justification for the actions of law enforcement when they try to intimidate a brown man from talking pictures of a tourist site, while white photographers go unquestioned. The Photographer’s Right has an overview of the rights people have when taking pictures.
Response to Ian Spiers story has been so much that now a protest is being planned at the locks on August 1st: Ballard Locks Photo Workshop. I’d attend of course if I hadn’t already told the City of Seattle that I wasn’t going to visit.