Sunday, 23 November 2014

Photos That I Was Not Supposed To Take

It has happened to me many times that I have tried taking a photo and someone has objected to it. If you are a passionate photographer like me, you will probably understand how it feels when you are so keen to take a photograph and you are not allowed to. It feels terrible.
'Why can't I take the picture' expression...

Anyway, I’d rather take it in my stride and be happy about what I could do rather than sulk about what I couldn’t do. Today, I’m sharing with you a few photos that I was not supposed to take, but I still did. So, you can call them ‘stolen’ photos. Yes, I choose to call them stolen, because I clicked these photos nervously with a fear of being caught red-handed.

Take a look –

Location: Ajit Bhavan Heritage Resort, Jodhpur
I snapped these quickly while walking out of the resort.

As usual, I was excited about clicking photos. So, as soon as I finished lunch, I went out in the lawn and started taking pictures. Within a moment I saw an authoritative personality coming towards me with objection plastered on his face. My heart sank, but I still tried convincing him that it was only for my travel blog and for no other commercial use. Then he made me speak to his senior about the same. But even that didn’t work out in my favour.

So, the photographs that you see here are clicked hurriedly without thinking much.

Location: City Palace, Udaipur
Photography prohibited area

Although I had already snapped lots of beautiful photographs of Lake Palace and Lake Pichola, I wanted to have a closer shot of the Lake Palace hotel. However, the guards posted in the vicinity did not let me. As soon as I got my camera ready, one of the guards whistled at me and beckoned me not to click. I argued with him for a while and then assured him that I was leaving. But, I could still manage to click a glimpse of Lake Palace, after which he whistled at me again (as he had caught me) and said, “Madam, aap nahi maani na (you didn’t listen to me).”

Location: The Taj Hotel, Mumbai
Could have clicked a better shot...

I was sauntering near the Taj hotel (in South Mumbai) and looking for a way to capture the intricate designs on its windows. Again, the guard whistled at me and warned me about doing so. But, I still managed to take one photo. I would have been happier had I got a chance to click a better shot.

Location: Hiranandani, Mumbai
Just a few 'warm-up' shots

Perhaps it was the worst case of photography prohibition. Hiranandani is a sophisticated neighbourhood in Mumbai, and of course, I wanted to take some gorgeous pictures of it. Seriously, it was totally unexpected. I had just warmed up after clicking a few photographs when I saw a couple of commandoes, dressed in black, appearing out of nowhere. They told me that photography was not allowed and if I wanted to take pictures I was supposed to take permission from a senior officer.

Location: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Do you see the guard standing there?

Well, it was a minor one. I just got on top of the Jantar Mantar site to take a picture from above, and I heard a whistle. I couldn’t plan my shot. I just clicked and came back quickly.

Location: Golden Fort, Jaisalmer
A reluctant click

I was refused a photograph by a painter, who was engrossed in his work at a shop. Of course, I respect his privacy. I didn’t force him to pose for me or anything like that. I politely requested him to get just one picture clicked and thankfully he agreed (though reluctantly), and that reflects in the picture too (I didn’t really compose the shot nicely).

What do you think? Is photography prohibition at sites an overrated rule? Do you have any funny incident to share?

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52 comments:

  1. बेहद रोचक विषय चुना है आपने। सबसे ज्यादा कोफ्त तब होती है जब ऍसी जगह आपको चित्र लेने से रोका जाता है जिसका कोई औचित्य नहीं है। ऐसी ही एक घटना मुझे दीघा की याद आती है जहाँ के एक्वेरियम यानि मछलीघर में तसवीर लेते समय गार्ड ने मुझसे डिजिटल कैमरा छीन लिया और कहने लगा कि इसमें से रील निकालकर दो। बड़ी मुश्किल से उसे समझा पाए की भैया इसमें रील नहीं होती। वो तो संयोग से कुछ ही दिन पहले उस कैमरे का डिस्पले खराब हो गया था सो हमने गार्ड को ये मानने पर मजबूर कर दिया कि फोटी खींची ही नहीं गई है।

    अक्सर बाँधों पर ऐसे आदेश लगे रहते हैं फिर भी हमें हीराकुड पर ये इज़ाजत ना चाहते हुए भी वहाँ के इंजीनियर ने दे दी थी। टिहरी पर तो कोई था नहीं तो बिना रोक टोक के मुझे फोटो खींचने का अवसर मिला।

    आज के इस तकनीकी युग में जहाँ हाई जूम कैमरे आ गए हैं और साथ में गूगल अर्थ जैसे सॉफ्टवेयर भी जो किसी भी इलाके का खाका नेट पर दिखा देते हैं। फिर अधिकांश जगहों में फोटो खींचने की पाबंदी का कुछ खास मतलब नहीं रह गया है।

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    1. Absolutely true! Unfortunately, my camera doesn't have a very good zoom that's why I have to get really close to what I want to capture. Anyway, you win some and you lose some. :-)

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  2. Hi Renuka, I think this is an overrated rule in some places. I too had similar experience in Jaisalmer. I saw a beautiful artifact, a small statuette of Ganapati, in a shop inside the fort. There was no one I could ask for permission. But as I got ready with my camera a young man suddenly showed up out of the blue and forbade me and said Rs 200 for a photo ...just imagine ... :D. Although I already clicked the shot but his fingers appeared in the frame ...I had to crop the image from right but still could not remove them completely. Whenever I see the photo it reminds me of the incident ... you can check this out here https://www.flickr.com/photos/moonroy/15236248946/in/photostream/

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    1. Yeah, I checked out your photo. Good cropping! It must have been annoying when that guard told you stop and also added his hand in your frame! :D

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  3. If it is prohibited, it is prohibited for a reason- either for security purposes, or to protect commercial interests of the owner. I think we should respect the same. it is same as taking someone's picture even after they object to being photographed...

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  4. Great post, thanks for sharing...

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  5. wow ! amazing pictures with detailed Description

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    1. Well, I wish I could click "amazing" pictures!

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  6. Nice Pictures
    It's slightly funny thing as a photographer always looks for the beautiful location to click a snap, while the authorities prohibits it for security reasons. Last year, I went to Udhampur, there are beautiful tunnels, rivers and mountains to click a snap, however, when you see a signboard 'Taking Photoes is prohibited', my heart sank a little for being unable to take picture of such a beautiful scenery.

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    1. This is strange! How can a place like that be prohibited for photography? You know, I don't even feel like visiting a place where photography is not allowed. But I think I should be chilled out about it. :-)

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  7. I totally understand your point of view as I have faced such instances too!
    I have stolen pics as nowhere it was mentioned that Photography is not allowed & yet people appeared & warned while I was click-happy!
    Great pics, Renuka :)
    These shots are perfect!

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    1. Thanks Anita! :-) That is so kind of you! That Hirananadani incident was the worst, rest I can still understand.

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  8. It is indeed disheartening to not been able to capture the beauty around. However, who can stop a brave heart like you :). Awesome click even when clicked hastily!!!

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    1. Thanks Satnam! :-) Yeah, I tried my best.

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  9. I am usually careful about this random clicking, don't wish to offend anyone for my personal interests.
    Glad you compiled these places and incidents, works as a good caution.

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    1. Yes, it's not good to offend anyone. But I am just too annoyed with unnecessary prohibition at places.

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  10. Nice effort.. I agree with you.. you could have composed better if allowed :-)

    Keep clicking!

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  11. Very interesting topic. It happens with me 3 years back when I was taking some pictures of Hotel Imperial (Front view) in Connaught Place New Delhi. The guard there stopped me saying that it is not allowed. I asked why?, but he said - no, it is not allowed. But he didn't force me to delete the content.... and before his objection I captured a shot of the hotel (not the best shot though).

    It's good to know Renuka that you are so passionate about your hobby of photography.

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    1. Yeah, such things happen. :-) Maybe these guards are trained that way to object to anyone clicking pictures.

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  12. In that Jantar Mantar picture that got interrupted by a whistle, looks like you've caught the perpetrator of that whistle in the frame. Dead center. Blue uniform :-)

    Jokes apart, I can't agree and disagree more with you on the question. While intricate details of an establishment are to be guarded for security and from replication of art, it's the art of photography itself that demands those details to be freely accessible. One can't keep one art form alive by killing another.

    Glad to have read your article. Throws a perspective seldom discussed. Happy clicking.

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    1. Brilliant comment, Kshitij! :-) Yes, I can see that guard's whistle! I love the way you put this thought about the art of photography. I'll put your comment on my Facebook fanpage!

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    1. I'm glad to know that, Agness! :D

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  14. No overrated rule. A rule is a rule. Someone once told me keep something for your eyes.
    Anyway, you are a good photographer for sure. Keep clicking keep sharing.

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    1. I understand what you are saying, Tushar. :-) Thanks!

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  15. I love this Renuka! I feel your pain, I hate being told I can't take a photograph, it is so annoying! It seems to happen to you a lot. :)
    I don't understand why some of these places would forbid photography.
    I wish I knew that the Taj was a restricted place, I would have taken a photos when I was there!

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    1. Yeah :-) I feel every beautiful place should be allowed to be photographed.

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  16. Gorgeous photos that you don't see very often! Great post. :)

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  17. I feel so much better after reading this article! I've done this so many times, and it's great to see other people being honest about it!! :)

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    1. Haha! :-) Yeah, we all photo enthusiasts are a bit mad!

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  18. I believe that we should abide by the rules. If photography is prohibited, it means it is prohibited. Stay away. :) I was once chased for clicking the photograph of RBI building in Mumbai. But I didn't know it was the RBI building. ;)

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    1. Yeah, I understand what you are saying. :-)

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  19. Interesting. I guess prohibition has security reasons. I wouldn't break the rules for that one reason. But there are places where security is not a problem. I have always wondered why photography is prohibited in such places.

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    1. Exactly! Even I wonder why is photography such a big issue at certain places?

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  20. Love the idea of this post, Renuka. Like you, I often try and take a sneaky photo when I'm not supposed to! It's so frustrating to be told you can't photograph something. I understand why some art galleries and museums don't allow photos (in case flash damages what's on display), but outdoor shots - such as yours in Udaipur and at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai - should definitely be allowed!

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    1. Thanks Polly, for understanding me! :-) I wish more people think like us and photography should be a free art.

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  21. I totally get what you mean; it feels terrible when you're denied access to an interesting subject for photography. Your pictures turned out quite well though. My stolen pics are usually blurry, too dark or totally crooked... Perhaps it's my punishment for picture stealing ;)

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    1. Haha! That's a very good way to put it, Sarah! Yeah, it happens when you try to snap something quickly, it gets blurry. Maybe I just got lucky!

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  22. Wow! I'm shocked -- I had no idea people would be barred from taking photos in open, public places! Museums and such I understand, but open areas... I had no idea!

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    1. Yup, even I was shocked! But since I have experienced the objection quite a few times , it's not a shock anymore. I am used to it now. Restrictions in open areas are more annoying!

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  23. Good Job, very nice shots, best one is my warm-up and Restricted area snap.
    from now onwards lesson is, Stop thinking start doing!

    Regards,
    Vindan

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    1. Thank you, Vinddan! :-) Yeah, there will always be restrictions, but a passion has to go on.

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  24. Renuka,
    Much as I like, no... LOVE, the pictures in this post, that first one is my favorite. Adore that expression!

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    1. Thanks Pratishtha! :-) Yeah, that expression is a little funny.

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  25. Do not let guards shoo you away ! :)

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  26. These are lovely pis Renuka! It happens to me all the time, and now I have come to terms with it...I can move on to the next interesting subject to click :)

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    1. Yeah, even I have come to terms with it now :-) I guess it happens with all photo enthusiasts.

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  27. I am not able to understand the logic behind restricting someone to take pics. One can find any pics in Google.

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