Minton-Capehart Federal Building, Indianapolis

Minton-Capehart Federal Building
Pentax ME, 35mm f/2.8 SMC Pentax-A
Agfa APX 100 (expired 7/1998)

I think it was Mike Connealy who wrote on his blog about being hassled by security when photographing a federal building where he lives. I mentioned that the next time I took a photo walk Downtown I ought to liberally photograph our federal building and see if I would be similarly accosted.

I did it recently, making five or six photos of this building while on the property, in probably a ten-minute span. I was left alone. Perhaps I just went unnoticed.

This photo from across the street benefits greatly from my 35mm lens. It was no trouble at all to fit this giant into my frame. I did have to tilt the camera up to avoid the top from being cut off, which created perspective error. A quick hit of Photoshop’s perspective-correction tool made the top of this building jut out properly.


8 responses to “single frame: Minton-Capehart Federal Building”

  1. Bill Bussell Avatar
    Bill Bussell

    You should see groups with titles such as photography is not a crime. Some banks don’t want their skyscrapers photographed. There are videos of security guards harassing people on the public sidewalk.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes, and in the US it’s straight up harassment to do that, because you can photograph anything from a public space. But not every security guard or even police officer knows or cares.

  2. Mike Connealy Avatar

    I think there is a connection to rather primitive ideas about who in what circumstances is allowed to use certain technologies. This often comes up as part of films about criminal activity, criminal justice and espionage. In many old films the use of radio communications and photo surveillance by police was used as a device to signal and bolster authority. Use of the same technology by criminals or spies was depicted in a way to enhance their sense of menace. The tradition of using tech as a plot gimmick lives on in modern films, but it has gone way beyond just having characters handle a mike or a camera.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      What an interesting way to look at it. Clearly, photographing this building puts nobody at any risk whatsoever — but my action can be seen perhaps as one of dominance in some way, and perhaps that is challenging for government officials.

  3. Reinhold Graf Avatar

    Wow, I heard about, that it is allowed to take pictures from anything which can be seen from public space. But what is law and what law can be enforced by you seems to be something different in a country governed by Twitter.

    Nevertheless this building looks interesting with its growing floors.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      As far as I know this is how it works in the US: if you are standing in public space you can photograph anything you can see. But should a police officer come up to you and ask you to stop taking pictures it is probably not going to be effective to assert your rights in that moment.

  4. Scott Bennett Avatar
    Scott Bennett

    Here’s a connection between your home and mine. Two housing developments for the old Dow Air Force Base in Bangor ME were named Old and New Capehart because your senator secured the funding for them. Fifty to sixty years later both neighborhoods still stand, and the names are still used.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s awesome! To think Capehart was from a small town in Indiana!

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