One Bush

Shutterbugs of San Francisco!:

It seems that city security guards continue to be a thorn in the side of regular people who just want to shoot photographs in our fair city just yesterday.

SFlickr member Thomas Hawk tells of his recent run-in at One Bush street:

I was shooting some photos of One Bush St… when their security guard came out… to ask me to stop taking photos of the building. He said it was illegal. I moved to the sidewalk and continued taking photos and he again asked me to stop. When I told him I was on a public street sidewalk he said that actually they owned the sidewalk and that I was going to have to stop taking photographs.

Thomas continues to tell of the security guard’s efforts to block his lens while he continued to shoot photos of the building (a lovely result of his efforts is pictured above).

Word of this incident downtown has snowballed, with coverage from BoingBoing, and spawning a photo walk/protest this Saturday beginning at One Bush as well as a One Bush photo contest to win an iTunes gift certificate.

If you have a camera and happen to be near One Bush, feel free to snap a photo. It’s a beautiful building and we should not be barred from taking pictures of it.

4 Comments so far

  1. cybele (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 4:43 pm

    I hope that it has a good turnout. Thanks for posting about this!

    Also, there’s a flickr group for folks who have been told that they can’t take pictures in particular places. If any other metblog readers are also flickr members, be sure to share them with the group:

    You Can’t Take Pictures Here! –

  2. mat (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 6:02 pm

    Hi Courtney,

    I created a One Bush photo group on Flickr, just for shots of the building:

    Thanks for posting this, and thanks for the link.

  3. Brian (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 6:10 pm

    I’ll add my photos to Mat’s flickr group in a few hours (don’t you hate it when real life gets in the way of blogging?)…

    But as I mentioned at TBAiT… I did go inside and talk with a security guard named “Mr. Floyd.” He said the policy is that people can’t take pictures of the building from on their property. But when I asked him about the sidewalk and the curb, he specifically said that was okay. I wonder if someone already got the message.


    The Bay Area is Talking (dot com)

  4. Thomas Hawk (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 3:12 pm

    I just added an interesting shot of One Bush at night:

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