Public Photos Not Allowed in Troy NY
I was surprised today when I read a topic in one of my favorite blogs which should have appeared in more than one of my local papers. Across the country in San Francisco, Thomas Hawk featured an important article published in the TroyRecord based in Troy NY about 20 miles from me.
The City of Troy, home of Uncle Sam, has been threatening photographers at its public Knickerbacker skating rink. Signs recently posted say “Any type of camera usage is prohibited unless authorized by rink management.” The city claims the new policy is designed to thwart pedophiles. A petty argument between parents is what apparently initiated the policy. Families wanting to capture their kids on film aren’t happy and it’s not sitting well with the New York Civil Liberties Union who is threatening to sue the city
I still am courteous, respectful and careful when snapping photos in public where kids are around. I experienced one awkward situation when a women opened a conversation at local concert by threatening me with physical man-pain if I took a photo of her child. Luckily, I live in a small community where people know me and most parents ask me to include their kids in our community photos.
In this case, while photographing this band, I avoided taking photos of these kids dancing and playing unless requested. When their parents allowed them on stage for the finale I judged it was appropriate and welcomed. Technically, I have the legal right to take as many photos as I want in a public place.