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I am frequently refused permission to photograph certain areas of Bogotá.
Moments after taking this shot in Parque Metropolitano Tercer Milenio I was approached by park security who notified me it was not permitted to take photographs of the park. I blagged my way out of it, saying I was not in fact photgrahing the park but the city and mountains outside the park.
Not since the U.S. have I been confronted with regular assertions regarding where I may and may not take photos.
I am reminded of the story of Bob Patefield, an amateur photographer who challenged British police's right to interrogate him for taking photographs on a public street in the lead up to Christmas 2009.
Patefield refused to cooperate, eventually leading to his arrest under anti-terror legislation “due to the fact that we believe you were involved in antisocial behaviour, ie taking photographs.”
For my part, I've sheepishly obliged with the will of security guards from New York to Bogotá. Luckily the Colombians, unlike their northern brethren, have not yet taken to demanding I present photo I.D. and delete offending images from my camera.