Mark Forman, Todd Alperovitz -- whose butterfly pics make me green with jealousy, and several other photographers, some expat, some locals. The event was this year's Photowalk, a global activity in which photographers all over the world gather to walk some local photogenic site and post the pics on the official website. There's a prize for the best pic too!
I photo'd a couple of years ago. The market is essentially a street of hardware, hand tool, and power tool shops, full of interesting shapes and colors. Mark had mentioned that we'd hit the market on our circuit of the area, so we went there to look for him.
...a few minutes before he, along with two other shutterbugs with the event, had stopped to take a picture of the shop for the Photowalk. The shopkeeper went ballistic and called the police. I never heard why she was so upset, but the police came and laudably, they were just disgusted with her. "You're impairing the freedom of others!" one of them told her as he begged her not to sue the guy. But the truth was, at least as far as I could see, that she had him by the short hairs, because he hadn't asked her permission. Or at least the cops thought so, for they begged her not to sue while conceding that she could.
UPDATE: I am pleased to report that nothing happened to the photographer in the end. The police terminated the incident at the station.
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