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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Asking the owner? (Viewed 855 times)
Xanice 


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Asking the owner?
< on 2/26/2012 11:13 PM >
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Ok so, near me is a small plot of land with two houses. One partially boarded up and one active. I want to ask the owners of the area if i can check out / take pictures of the second house. Anyone have suggestions or experiences?

Any advice is appreciated ^.^

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 1 on 2/26/2012 11:21 PM >
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To be honest, Asking for permission doesn't really seem to go over very well.

If the area is vacant and you don't see much activity (someone taking care of the land, mowing grass, etc.) then Just go up and take photos! It's much easier to ask for forgiveness if you get caught, than to ask for permission.

Otherwise, just photos from the road until you can find the owner. Or ask neighbors, etc. Tell them you're simply interested in taking photos and have some proof with you (previous photos from other locations, a portfolio of sorts?) To prove you're not some scrapper or stupid person trying to set the shit on fire.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 2 on 2/26/2012 11:53 PM >
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It depends on the location, and the owner. I've had a 50/50 yes/no experience with actually gaining experience to shoot. Just be nice and respectful, offer to share photos, etc. and wait to see what happens!


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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 3 on 2/27/2012 12:10 AM >
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when i feel it too risky or i stumble across someone on the property i've asked permission before. i'd say i have an about 75% success rate with it and have even had the owners or security wander through with me and ask tons of questions about my camera gear and look at my pictures.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 4 on 2/27/2012 12:53 AM >
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I've only asked contractors and it was one time. They seem to give much less of a shit than owners, so if the place is having work done and they're already there...just ask for who is in charge of the site and tell them what you want/why you want it.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 5 on 2/27/2012 1:25 AM >
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A good reason for your interest would help.
Would you like someone poking around your house?
Be very careful if the house is not abandoned. You could end up with B&E charges.

Industrial sites are easier to get permission, but you need to develop the skills it takes to do so. Looking like a pro helps, and bring a hard hat; PPE if needed. Many sites will not let you enter without at least a hard hat.

Try it and learn from your mistakes. When it works, it's so much better than sneaking around like a fool.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 6 on 2/27/2012 5:02 AM >
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If you decide to ask, be honest. People can smell bullshit. You can smudge a little if you wish (IE: photos are for a class, etc) but tell them why you are taking photos. If the structure is dear to them offer to let them have a copy of the photos in digital form if they want (and you aren't doing so for profit and there will be no copyright issues). Over all, I have usually had very good success in asking permission. But then again, I am not dressed like a goth reject and acting like someone is after me either.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 7 on 2/27/2012 5:03 AM >
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Posted by MrSivalls

A good reason for your interest would help....


Yes!

And not one they don't understand like "urban exploration". "Photography" can work, if you are a serious photographer. "An interest in local history" can work, if you have an interest in local history and can talk about it. As can an interest in architecture or one in civil engineering. Don't mention "urban exploration", talk about what draws you to urban exploration.


Posted by MrSivalls

...Industrial sites are easier to get permission, but you need to develop the skills it takes to do so. Looking like a pro helps, and bring a hard hat; PPE if needed. Many sites will not let you enter without at least a hard hat....


If you are interested in industrial sites, you should own a hard hat. It should live in the trunk of your car.

You are asking for a favor, you have to look like you have a serious interest. You have to be able to talk about it and be prepared for it.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 8 on 2/27/2012 6:43 AM >
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Thank all of you ^.^

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 9 on 2/20/2013 4:12 PM >
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I would start with asking the neighbors about its history and who owns it. Then depending on their response then you should ask the owner

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 10 on 2/20/2013 7:34 PM >
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That's what I am kind of doing later today or Thursday with the police station I want to visit. It's in the middle of the city so it's to risky to go without asking.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 11 on 2/22/2013 8:47 AM >
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It's probably just me, but the couple of times I've had permission just weren't the same.

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Re: Asking the owner?
<Reply # 12 on 2/22/2013 9:09 AM >
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Posted by Skye_Ann
It's much easier to ask for forgiveness if you get caught, than to ask for permission.


It's been a year, but that phrase is still important.

The problem with asking for permission is if you get a no, then you really should give up entirely, because if you're caught after being refused access, that's a pretty bad position. I'll take my chances with asking for forgiveness.

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