Day 11

Outside a recycling center

January 10th, 2012

I'm mostly posting this photo because a guy came out and told me I couldn't take pictures. That's right: he told me I was not allowed to photograph this pile of smashed aluminum cans from the public sidewalk where I was standing. It's not uncommon in New York (or many other places) to be told by a security guard, sometimes aggressively, that you can't photograph something on their property. But regardless of what these people tell you, photographing their property is well within your legal rights, as long as you're taking the photo from a public place.


  1. Gigi says:

    Maybe he wants the pile to get bigger before you take the picture :)

  2. Sharon Xu says:

    I read the link you provided. good to know the right. Thanks

  3. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Wow. Unbelievable in more ways than one. First, it looks like nothing more than a disgusting trash heap so what’s the point in recycling it? Second, to tell you you cannot take a picture? What do they not want to get into trouble for having such a mess of their recyclables? They should get into trouble. What a mess. Way to go Matt to know your rights!

  4. Jason Eppink says:

    New fundraising strategy:

    1. Get arrested taking photos in a public place.
    2. Sue for false arrest.
    3. The settlement will pay for the rest of your walk!

  5. Officer Joisy Jeff says:

    Matt, You have the right to remain silent……..

  6. tom says:

    good to see you are not taking the bs that these little hitlers hand out- your pictures are fantastic!

  7. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Hobo Nation Unite!!! For bail money……

  8. A in Indiana says:

    You are a funny man. Stand Strong my man !

  9. tna says:

    Next on Hoarders….addicted to their metal fetish they threaten innocent passerbys on a daily basis.

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