Gathering of The Secret Hole Society . . .
A construction crew works on what appears to be some sort of pipe (water?) in downtown Binghamton this past Monday evening. I happened to notice this from my office as I was getting ready to leave for the evening and I thought that the scene looked kind of cool. So - I took my backpack and laptop and put them into the car and then grabbed my camera and went over to have a look. I didn't look for long as within a minute of being near the (apparently) secret hole in the ground, I had a guy - "Chief Hole Digger?", "Crew Chief?" "Crew Boss?", who knows - getting quite belligerent with me telling me that I couldn't take any photos. I was like ". . . 'scuse me?" He grumbled something about it "being illegal!" and then asked me if someone sent me - ie; are you press or something? He then look at his crew and barked at them something to the effect that ". . . if you guys see anyone else around here with cameras - no photography - my rules!" He was quite emphatic on the latter ("MY RULES!!") Needless to say I didn't shoot anything there at ground level - the view was better from above anyway. Assuming that this is a city crew working here, on city streets, both paid in part with my tax dollars and with no posted signs or barriers (or anything), no tents or canopies surrounding the (apparently) secret hole in the ground - I'm pretty sure that I was not in the wrong for wanting to shoot something that I thought might make an interesting photograph.
( I really thought about calling up all of the local television news crews and directing them to his hole . . . . )