Security cam photo

Just had to post this photo, taken by an airport security agent using my camera on Sunday morning in Munich, Germany before I boarded for Washington, D.C.

When I went through security, he very courteously asked me if he could take a photo, using my camera. Yes, of course, I said. And so he proceeded to remove the camera from its pouch, its cap from the lens, and then he pointed and shot. The above photo is the result of his effort.

Isn’t it interesting to look at? Isn’t it fascinating to contemplate the semiotic implications of the composition and those posed by a gaze that cares only to see through the signifier but not to see the signified?

Needless to say, I was waived on through the check point with flying colors.

2 Responses to Security cam photo

  1. David McDuff says:

    Dude, stop trying to make my head hurt! I must say you’re right, though; that’s a pretty good case of no there being there (and pretty good proof that your camera was not a bomb). Welcome home!

  2. tom hyland says:

    You must have looked shifty. I’ve had German security agents ask me to operate the shutter, but none have asked to take a photo.

    They may be waiting for you!

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