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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