June 16, 2011

I is for Illicit or Illegal?

Was it illicit or illegal to photograph this sign?


Romania, 2011

Observation: there seems to be a growing paranoia about the public use of cameras right at a time when every Tom, Dick and Annabelle roams the streets with a camera in their cellphone. What is the use of promulgating rules and regulations that cannot be systematically and fairly enforced? Just asking.

33 comments:

Pat said...

I don't know, but where can we write you in jail? Ha ha!

H said...

What is it that you were not allowed to photograph?

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I hope they don't find this on your blog. I don't know what they will do. What would they do?

Francisca said...

@H... it's a dam, but you can't really see it in these photos.

@JDaniel4's Mom... I doubt I've disclosed any state secrets in these images, and so I doubt they'd have an interest to come look for me. I've been a pretty nice promoter of their country... ;-)

RedPat said...

Paranoia!

Kay L. Davies said...

Interesting. I can just imagine you running home to build a dam in imitation of theirs. Your lawyer can tell them you're from BC, so you didn't need any instruction in dam-building, you've seen 'em all.
(Besides, don't all Canadian children learn dam-building from beavers?)
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Joy said...

That is obviously didn't mean you:-) Maybe its the rusty pipe that is verboten.

Postcardy said...

There is a lot of paranoia about cameras here too.

ewok1993 said...

so what are you photographing that was illegal?

Teresa said...

Transparency seems to be the word here. You can't hide anything anymore. I agree. Why bother?

Lesley said...

It doesn't look particularly picturesque. Maybe they only want the beautiful bits photographed?

VioletSky said...

I think it was illegal and you better hope none in Romania reads your blogs.
;)

Kim, USA said...

Hmmm they are getting discreet huh? Is there still secret in this time? Happy Wednesday ^_^

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Luna Miranda said...

i hope there was no surveillance camera around this area.:p
i get pissed when i had to surrender my p & s to a security guard before entering a cinema. you're right, everybody's cel phone has a camera, so why not confiscate the cel phones, too?

Judie said...

If you have any question about illicit or illegal, just go to my post and tell me what you think! I love this post!!!!!!

Hilda said...

I have the same question.

Makati is the worst of the lot here. I've been stopped by their security guards while trying to get pictures of the exterior of buildings. I can understand interiors, since that can be a security risk, but outside? Still got pictures though — I just crossed the street. :D

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

What exactly do they not want you to take a picture of? The red railing?
Dana

cieldequimper said...

Don't get me started.

Thanks for all your catching up!

anjoe playhouse said...

Well, you played with fire :-D

EG Wow said...

Excellent question! What is this paranoia all about anyway? If satellites above us can read license plates then there really are few secrets! :)

myorii said...

Too funny! I think it's funny how you took a picture of a "no photo" sign :) I know I would! It's just screaming for you to take a photo of it. I do have to admit, though, it's one of the better looking "no photo" signs I've seen!

Carola said...

Great post. I'm completly with EG Wow. And everywhere is a big brother video camera watching you.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I agree with EG, there are no secrets left, so the paranoia seems a little overdone.

I do, however, live near a reservoir where there is security and there never was before 9/11.

Sad world we live in. And people wonder why I moved to the top of a mountain!

Kaori said...

That sign is in such a random place...does that mean no photos where the sign is standing or the whole area? Your first photo is fabulous, Francisca! Had me chuckling even before reading your post :D

Jenny said...

My mind wants to write a story around the reason why no photographs are allowed. It looks like a normal countryside to me? Is there a nuclear silo hidden amidst those houses?

Loved this post. It made me laugh, imagine and think! All in one perfect little package.

Thanks for linking up.

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Kala said...

Great question to which I have no answer.

RNSANE said...

Very interesting. It's not like you are at some top secret nuclear plant!! In this day of cell phones with ever increasing photographic capability, it would be especially hard to enforce this type of edict....and by whose authority, anyway.

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☆☆Mumsy said...

I wonder if this sign applies to Google map? No camera, but we can video right :-)

Pondside said...

I love that photo - tickles my funny bone!

Evelyn said...

Good point. Love your first shot :)

JM said...

Well spotted! :-)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha...that sign is just "itching" to be photographed!

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't that the craziest thing. Rules that are made to be broken don't encourage respect for the law.

The sign makes a great photo op though.