I was driving through Southwest yesterday afternoon, looking for a monument to focus on for this morning’s Monumental feature, and drove past the beautiful new Department of Transportation building on M Street. They have a number of transportation-focused art installations (including one with a navigation buoy that’s pretty neat, and that I nearly stopped to photograph), but, apparently the Department frowns on that sort of photography, and tries to chase people away from photographing the art out of some veiled security theatre reference, and the guards won’t even properly identify themselves.
Photography, when done on public property (like, say, a sidewalk in front of a federal building?) isn’t a crime, and shouldn’t be treated like a crime. You’re concerned about terrorism, I get that, but hassling some guy on a bike with a DSLR? That’s not your target market. Take a chill pill, we just want some good photos.