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Thomas R. Elkin II
Artist | Student | Photography
United States
Current Residence: St. Louis, MO
Favourite genre of music: Country, but I listen to just about everything
Favourite photographer: Too many to list.
Favourite style of art: I like it all... I'm not picky
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
MP3 player of choice: Either iTunes, Spotify or whatever I can cram onto my Nook Color
Wallpaper of choice: Anything I make, unless something catches my eye.

And by us, I mean people in general, not Americans or Brits or Germans or whomever, but the Global Us.

9-11 has made everyone paranoid. People are constantly seeing a potential threat where there is none.

16-year old freelance photographer stopped and detained in london

Confrontation Between a Police Officer and Photographer in Los Angeles

UK Photographer Films Own Arrest

Photographer and Civil Liberties Group Sue Department of Homeland Security

Just because we have a camera and are out taking pictures it doesn't mean we as photographers, amateur or professional, are terrorists taking recon photos for the Taliban. It's our hobby, it's our job, it's something we enjoy doing. Stop and think about it. If the attacks on 9-11 had never happened, would you law enforcement officials be stopping someone for taking photos of a state capital building with great architectural elements? I don't think so.

Just because some nut-jobs decided to hi-jack some planes and fly them into the Twin Towers killing 2,995 people, 19 of which were the terrorists themselves  (1), doesn't mean that the person snapping pictures of a park bench is plotting the next attack.

Use some common sense people! Photographers are not the scourge. We're not plotting to take over the world. We're NOT the enemy. We ARE just doing what we love to do, that's it. There's no secret agenda behind our lenses.

Now, don't misunderstand my rant here to mean that we, as photographers, can go out and take pictures of whatever we want. There are laws and we must abide by those laws. Every state has different laws regarding photos. I would HIGHLY suggest that you Google those rights in your particular state. You'd do yourself a great service by doing so, that way you don't end up in jail over a misunderstanding.

I would also suggest you download and print out this PDF from Bert P. Krages, Attorney at Law, The Photographer's Right.

The image linked below was something that a photographer in Great Britain made and is being distributed in the July 10th issue of Amatuer Photographer.…

It highlights the laws of that country regarding photography and photographers. We as American's need someone to step up and do the same for us by printing Mr. Krages' document on something easy to carry with us. I would do it if I could.


Thanks so much for the watch.
Mon Jan 3, 2011, 9:49 AM
your not twinkest, right?
Sun Feb 14, 2010, 1:33 PM
Fri Jan 15, 2010, 9:31 PM
YOU SOD OFF!!!!!!! BUGGER!!!!!
Fri Jan 15, 2010, 10:23 AM
Sun Sep 20, 2009, 12:45 PM
:boogie::w00t: wooooooo!!!!! ima dancin in yer shoutbox!! :dance::excited:
Sun Apr 5, 2009, 11:01 PM
Happy new year man :D
Wed Dec 31, 2008, 2:14 PM

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fotografka 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for :iconfavbomb-plz::huggle:

I want to invite you to like my facebook fanpage :facebook: if you can:… :typerhappy:

I'm very sorry for the late thank you, but when I went to college (law) I have completely no time for anything. I hope you understand :)

If you want you could give me some points on my new Premium Membership :please:
thanks for the watching!
KushiLover Apr 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
hey sweety thanks fr the watch <3
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Thanks for the watch :heart:
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Thank you so much for adding me to your watch list, i am utterly flattered :heart: ~Theresa
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