In every aspect of human existence, there will inevitably be some knucklehead that ruins it fall all the rest, and photography is no different.
Recently the 90 year old Monroe Station in Florida was burned to the ground by a photographer literally “playing with fire.” The Monroe Station was originally constructed in the 1920s by advertising magnate and land tycoon Barron Gift Collier on the Tamiami Trail, that he helped create. There were six outposts along the trail for travelers to use to eat and refuel on their trip to Southern Florida. The Monroe Station was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2000, although in 2007 it was boarded up and abandoned but it was in the works to reopen it.
In another example of a few spoiling it for all, two tourists at Cremona’s Loggia dei Militi palace in Italy, climbed up onto a priceless statue and part of it broke off and crashed to the pavement and shattered. All to get s selfie of themselves. The statue depicts two figures of Hercules—the city’s mythical founder—holding the city’s emblem. The statue was originally built in the early 1700s.
There are too many non-professional photographers that are giving professional photographers a bad rap. I could go on about the bad behavior of the “Paparazzi” but that is a post for another time, suffice it to say, they can be some of the worst examples of people doing bad things with a camera.
Dawn and I, along with our photographic friends, take great pride in our craft and in our locations that we photograph in. Yes, we might walk on the mulch, but never on the flowers!