Yesterday, the Bensonhurst Bean posted a stunning sunset photo of the Verrazano Bridge that reminded me of a pet peeve of mine. You see, unlike most V-Z pics, which are from a short distance away from either the Brooklyn or Staten Island anchor, or perhaps from a considerable distance, this new photo was taken right from the road deck itself.
Of course, you know and I know that these not-so-polite signs are posted on both sides of the bridge to make one thing clear to all motorists: photography of any kind is prohibited.
My pet peeve is that the government has no right to put these signs here.
There are lots of web sites regarding photography rights, and there are two that I consider to be my favorite. One is krages.com, which publishes a handy primer on what types of photography are allowed and not allowed (hint: the list of things you can’t photograph is smaller than you think).
The other is called Photography Is Not A Crime, which documents cases of authorities claiming photography and video bans where none can be applied. At the risk of stealing his thunder, I feel like that phrase should be repeated over and over again, until authority figures and laymen alike understand: photography really isn’t a crime.