Just about every photographer has a story from a time when they hopped a fence they shouldn’t have or looked the other way when passing a “No Trespassing” sign. But those same photographers will attest that they did what they had to do to get the shot they wanted, regardless of the legality.
Well, this group of Montreal photographers were no different, although they were definitely much more gutsy than most. They entered the city’s subway system with the intention of setting up a tripod on an active subway rail and shooting some steel wool photos. The results of their adventure certainly make for an entertaining video.
So entertaining, in fact, that the video was rapidly shared on social media, eventually traditional media picked up on it and the video started to make global headlines. Now the creators of the videos are in the headlines themselves. Not because of their achievement, but because they’re facing jail time.
Apparently the video made its way to the Montreal Police Department and the photographers were successfully identified. They’re now facing charges of breaking and entering, public mischief, and possession of burglary tools.
For all photographers, the lesson to take away from this is simple: Do what you have to do to get the shot you’re looking for, but don’t be crazy. And if you cannot get the shot you’re looking for without being a little crazy, don’t upload your whole experience to YouTube.