Sunday, January 4, 2009

Please Enter Our Photography Contest - You're Under Arrest

Well this is some outstanding marketing.

"Picture our Train" and Win

and then this: (from ferddawg)(cause the original story and Carlos' site are being hammered just now)

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.

“They never asked me to leave, they never mentioned anything about trespassing until after I was handcuffed in the holding cell.”

In fact, he said, the only thing they told him before handcuffing him was that “it was illegal to take photos of the trains.”

Obviously, there is a lack of communication between Amtrak’s marketing department, which promotes the annual contest, called Picture Our Trains, and its police department, which has a history of harassing photographers for photographing these same trains.

Much more here.

Note: This is what Bruce Schneier calls the "War on the Unexpected" -- people in positions of authority in this country have clearly lost their freekin' minds. -ferg
Yep. Classic Marketing work.


Brian Summers said...

"people in positions of authority in this country have clearly lost their freekin' minds."

Yeah, this has become a nation of tin gods—authority out of control. Hopefully, beginning on January 20th, 2009, that will be one of the changes instituted in hopes of healing this sorely ailing country.

R. Anthony Lee said...

Easier said than done. Once the jackals are out of the cage, it's notoriously difficult to get them back in. They fight to kill.

Doogman said...

Who says you need a cage? Stout length of rope will do nicely.