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Movement - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
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Today, I...

... went to the offices of the MBTA to apply for a three month photo permit. As of 3:30PM EST, the T Police (They live inside of my head) have begun a background check to determine whether I am some kind of misguided liberal dangerous terrorist in the making. It seems weird to have to undergo a more rigorous background screening to take photos of buskers than for my job.

... got really angry at CL@W for again ignoring my request that she stop bringing me sweets, and told her so. I also stood my ground when she tried to pretend nothing was wrong. It felt good to lay such decisive groundwork for disentanglement.

... picked up some pieces at the studio, including Wee Fightin' Pitcher II and Soup Bowl with Dead Fish. Pictures will be forthcoming when I can find some natural light. UPDATE: While I was photographing the bowl, a woman stopped to ask me if the piece was Chinese and where I had purchased it. (!) Technically, it's really not my best piece, but I think the colors - celedon and navy - carry a lot of personality.

... saw Ozzy Osbourne getting into a waiting car outside of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. (I can't believe I forgot to write this earlier.)
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komos From: komos Date: July 16th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The permit policy has been in place since before 9/11. I'm guessing that the real reason behind it lies in the realm of PR. One of the stipulations is that you do not use photography to portray the T in a negative light. The background check is in part to see if you're likely to do so and otherwise to have on record where they can hunt you down and sue for breach of contract. For instance, it is likely they won't allow photographs of "random" bag searches in progress.
komos From: komos Date: July 16th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
From the MBTA website:

Image Responsibility
The MBTA reserves the right to maintain and protect the integrity of its images, logos and any other form of public representation. In general, any filming, videotaping or photography that depicts the MBTA must not portray the authority in a negative light. This includes, but is not limited to, violent content, sexual activity and assault. Furthermore, any attempt to portray public transportation as unsafe or dangerous in any way will not be permitted.
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