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© Jerry Hazard
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UploadedDecember 20, 2008
TakenNovember 27, 2005
Exposure2/5 sec at f/5.6
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Focal Length18 mm
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The was previously labled as Minneapolis, Snow and Dread. When I was taking these, it had to be about 5:30am or 6:00 am, and spent the entire night writing of my travel experience up to that point (by hand, with a bad pen - difficult when one is so used to typing). This was actually taken in Detroit...

On my recent trip back home, I had a hop skip and jump through a few airports (ABQ, MSP, DTW, TOL). I wont' go into the grimy details, save for Sunday morning in DTW. I arrived at the hub about 4 hours early for my flight (had an overnight layover) just in case security gave me a hassle - plus, if I had gone to sleep so late, there's no way I would have woke up time. Anyhow, with so much time at the airport, I figured I'd saunter around and get some flicks.

Of course, I am aware of the issue of cameras, security, airports and all that - and I expected to be chastised at least once while shooting. But, I pretty much had my way with the place for a good hour or so before people started piling in. I didn't shoot anything spectacular, in fact, I think this was probably my "best" image of the morning. I also didn't go anywhere out of the way to get an image: I was as obvious as one could be. Anyhow, after blowing off about 70 or so images, I found my gate, and made a comfortable spot on the benches to relax on before my flight left. Just as I leaned my head back and closed my eyes, I noticed that I was now reclining in the shadow of a rather tall figure: A Detroit Police officer. He introduced himself in a polite manner, advised me that 'others' had called him to notify that there was some character running about the airport snapping photos. Then he asked just what I was shooting that made eveyrone so nervous. Indeed. Meanwhile, in the background, the gentle female voice recording echoes through the concourse: "...If you see anyone acting suspicious, or notice any suspicious behavior, please don't hesitate to contact security or an airport employee..."

I told him that I couldn't really tell what it was that I shot that made anyone nervous, and that I was just shooting whatever I though was interesting: piles of wheelchairs, empty concourses that are usually full, myself, blah blah. He asked me the same question again, but worded it differently - and I told him the camera was digital, and offered to show him the photos. He declined, but did ask for my ID, took my name and all that, checked for warrants. I asked if I was not supposed to be shooting images in the airport, and that I did not see any signs, and that the TSA drones didn't warn me about anything either. His only response was that he had to check it out because it was called in, and that if we weren't allowed to shoot in the facility, TSA wouldn't let the cameras through in the first place. .. to be cont'd...

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  • Tracey Stevens

    Tracey Stevens (Deleted) said (29 Dec 2008):

    Very wicked shot!

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