Ban on Photography

I am tempted to write this post after reading Nandhu Sundaram’s post “The strange case of a mobile photographer”

Panoramic View from Anna Flyover, Chennai

Panoramic View of Uthamar Gandhi Salai ( Nungambakkam High Road)

This is an image shot from Anna Flyover. While taking this photograph, I was concerned whether the police sentry on the flyover will object to my taking this photograph. When I posted this photo in flickr, CC commented whether the Police on the flyover objected to the photograph being taken. Likewise on another occasion, I wanted to take a photograph of the horse and rider statues, installed to commemorate the abolition of Horse Racing, on both sides of the flyover. On the U S Consulate side there were policemen and I captured the image from the N H Road side.

Horse Rider Statue,Anna Flyover,Chennai

In the age of Google Earth, where we can zoom in on places like Rashtrapathi Bhavan or any sensitive installation through the net, why this ban on taking photographs ?

2 Comments so far

  1. Peter (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    Dear Mr. Balasubramanian:

    As I explained to friends, there were many photo-opportunities in Chennai (the horses are a favorite) and all of them pretty much “got away” because I was in an auto-rickshaw at the time (and given the chaotic traffic, I’d never dare ask the driver to stop).

    Can I buy some copies?

    Chennai Lover in New York…


  2. Tom (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    Hey Peter, just search for Chennai and you will find tons to pluck from. As for the ban, I never seem to have any problems, though I’ve gotten quite good at literally shooting from the hip and then fixing the angle by cropping on the PC.

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