Photo Fridays: Randolph El Station

Randolph El Station, photograph, 2006

I've been going through some more old photos and found this one. This shot was taken from the walkway over the El tracks in Chicago's Loop. I was shooting photos of the passing trains and surrounding architecture along Wabash Ave when I got approached by a CTA employee. He asked what I was doing and told me that I couldn't take photographs on CTA property, especially of the trains. Even after I explained that I was an artist he asked that I stop. Apparently, the train operators were getting nervous because they thought my telephoto lens was a gun. Taking photos in public places - another casualty of 911.