Jan 5, 2009

Amtrak photo contestant arrested by Amtrak police

(Carlos Miller) - Armed with his Canon 5D and his new Lensbaby lens, photographer Duane Kerzic set out to win Amtrak’s annual photo contest this week, hoping to win $1,000 in travel vouchers and have his photo published in Amtrak’s annual calendar.
He ended up getting arrested by Amtrak police; handcuffed to a wall in a holding cell inside New York City’s Penn Station, accused of criminal trespass.
Kerzic says he was hardly trespassing because he was taking photos from the train platform; the same one used by thousands of commuters everyday to step on and off the train.
“The only reason they arrested me was because I refused to delete my images,” Kerzic said in a phone interview with Photography is Not a Crime on Friday. Continued

We at Falmanac run into this kind of illegal vigilantism a lot, all over the Mid-Atlantic. You can read about our run-ins with the alleged law here & here.

Top Photo: We were threatened with arrest, and kicked out of the park, after taking this picture at Perry Point, Maryland.

Center Photo: We hid from the police after taking this picture in Perryville, Maryland.

Bottom Photo: We were threatened with arrest, and kicked off the station lot, after taking this picture in Brunswick, Maryland. We've also been kicked out of the Baltimore Amtrak station, from the sidewalk in front of the gate at Fort McHenry, and ejected from a Baltimore Light Rail station.


Anonymous said...

Disapointing to hear that. You can see that in appropriate instances they would want to just check on someone, but after IDing them you would think that on a public area it would be okay. BTW, I enjoyed those three photos, especially the last one of the train in the dark at Brunswick. Thanks for the great addition to the blogosphere.