Fountain Cleaner

Fountain Cleaner

This is an image I thought I had not captured. I was walking in Midtown and noticed this gentleman cleaning a water fountain outside an imposing commercial building. He was shrouded in this amazing light with the vacuum’s long blue hose slithering along the water’s surface. Because I did not want to disturb him, I smiled and nodded as he briefly looked up to meet my gaze. He then proceeded with his task. That was the signal I was hoping for; the unspoken permission to photograph. I moved quickly and shot from various angles. After a couple of minutes I was in a rhythm and honing in on my vision for the image. Then I heard footsteps approaching and a voice asking me why I was photographing. This was the last shot I took before I lowered my camera and explained that I was shooting for myself. I was informed that photographing on the premises was prohibited without written permission. I thought surely I could continue. How could a middle-aged woman, photographing a water fountain look threatening? There was no negotiating. This experience reinforced the climate of fear and distrust that is being created in our country.

 

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6 comments
    • Thanks Mukul for taking the time to read and respond to my post.

  1. margfoxon said:

    You can thank Fascist Trump for that. Outrageous.  Such a climate of fear and suspicion in a country that has stood for so much better than that. M From: Beate Sass To: margfoxon@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 1:50 PM Subject: [New post] Fountain Cleaner #yiv9851871477 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9851871477 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9851871477 a.yiv9851871477primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9851871477 a.yiv9851871477primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9851871477 a.yiv9851871477primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9851871477 a.yiv9851871477primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9851871477 WordPress.com | Beate Sass posted: “This is an image I thought I had not captured. I was walking in Midtown and noticed this gentleman cleaning a water fountain outside an imposing commercial building. He was shrouded in this amazing light with the vacuum’s long blue hose slithering along” | |

  2. Margarita Montalvo said:

    A tough job!!!!! He was probably surprised that you wanted to take his picture. Margarita

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