Perhaps the Creepy Cameraman should hang out with the Capitol Hill drone pilot. Thursday night, CHS reader Art tells us he had a possible run-in with the notorious cameraman:
Yesterday evening, around 5:20pm, my friends and I were accosted by this guy aggressively recording us at the bus stop on Madison between 13th and 12th. When asked to stop politely, he would simply step closer. Attempting to dissuade him from continuing we moved, trying to keep him at our backs; he responded by remaining silent and moving around to try and get our faces on camera, getting really up close and aggressive. While one of us contacted SPD, my friend snapped a picture, attached. Finally, still silent, he decided to leave, putting away the camera and walking up Madison, turning on 13th.
Last fall, similar videos shot on Seattle streets earned their creator the Creepy Cameraman nickname as privacy issues were raised by his legal but voyeuristic behavior. We’re not aware of any physical description of that man — or any images that turn the lens back on him.
SPD was called to the area of 13th and E Madison Thursday night around 5:43 PM but we can’t find any record of the suspicious-acting man being contacted. Just 30 minutes earlier, in a likely but still notable coincidence, police were called to 20th Ave E to a report of a man taking a picture of houses who became aggressive when the 911 caller asked him what he was up to. The 20th Ave E photographer’s description wasn’t anything like the man shown in Art’s pictures, by the way, and no laws were broken in that incident.
This spring, CHS ended up bringing worldwide attention to a peculiar situation reported in the Miller Park neighborhood involving a woman’s concern about a man flying a camera-equipped drone doing “research” near her home.
The incidents in an increasingly photographed, recorded and documented environment illustrate some of the inherent tensions as we get used to what is normal and what is simply weird when it comes to technology and privacy.