Angry woman assaults photographer in a public park [NSFW]

Nov 26, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Angry woman assaults photographer in a public park [NSFW]

Nov 26, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Earlier this month, photographer Nickolette Mottola visited a public park to take photos of her friend’s children. Despite being at a public property, an angry woman showed up and began screaming at everyone involved in the photoshoot. Her meltdown got everyone distressed, and apparently – this wasn’t the first time she did something like this.

Before you watch the video, I gotta warn you: there’s some strong language in it. The woman threw a tantrum, screaming profanities at Mottola, as well as things like: “This is not your professional studio!” and “This is a park for kids and children and people!” Her explosive rage terrified the poor kids, and you can hear them crying in the video.

According to Coral Springs Talk, the woman lives next to the park. Before she showed up and made the scene, her husband appeared first. Reportedly, he showed up behind the fence and accused Mottola that what she was doing was illegal. His tantrum-throwing wife appeared when they were already packing up.

Mottola’s boyfriend Angel Ruiz filmed the video, and he says that there were six other people at the park taking photos at the same time. When he posted the video on Facebook, he was informed that this woman recently sprayed another photographer with a pressure washer through the fence.

Coral Springs Talk contacted Louis Goldstein, Assistant Director Parks and Recreation for the City of Coral Springs regarding this incident. He said that “if a family wants to utilize a public park, they have every right to be there.”  But if a professional photographer is involved, then they need a permit. Mottola was taking photos of her friend’s children, and she was not conducting a professional business at that moment.

As far as I know, the rule is more or less the same in all public parks. If you don’t set up a tripod, a light stand, and other bulky photo gear, you can shoot all you want. Some exceptions emerge from time to time, though. If you organize a professional photo shoot, you will usually need a permit.

I’m sure many of you have been through unpleasant situations when shooting in public. If nothing else, people will just stare at you and make you feel unpleasant. There were a couple of occasions when I was chased away, too. But nobody ever was this furious when I was shooting on a public land. this woman apparently lives near the park, but as Ruiz said to Coral Springs Talk: “It’s like living behind a train station and being upset about trains.”

Have you had any similar experiences? What’s the most unpleasant experience you had while shooting in public?

[via FStoppers, Coral Springs Talk]

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18 responses to “Angry woman assaults photographer in a public park [NSFW]”

  1. Lysa Chapman Burns Avatar
    Lysa Chapman Burns

    That woman is a fool.

  2. Mark Turner Avatar
    Mark Turner

    Americans, life’s joke book.

  3. James J. Fodelmesi Avatar
    James J. Fodelmesi

    Nature unvariably creates rejects!

  4. g_discus Avatar
    g_discus

    Say her/him: call the police if you think I break the law. In our country it’s working.

  5. Lars Stokholm Avatar
    Lars Stokholm

    I’ve been attacked by old ladies with umbrellas or sticks twice, when I was taking street photos at public markets ? Apparently I look very suspect with a camera ?

  6. Tamara Shipp Avatar
    Tamara Shipp

    I try to be mindful that people can get freaked out when they see someone taking pictures.

  7. Eva Duve Creel Avatar
    Eva Duve Creel

    Fortunately and knock on wood but so far so good when shooting out in public. I don’t know what I’d do if something like this happened to me. It would be so embarrassing. First I guess I’d get the kids and people being photographed, friends or clients, away to their car. Then I’d give the lady my card and let her know that I thought I was doing everything legally but I’ll make sure to call the city to confirm and get any permits I’d need. But if she hit me? That would be a call to the police immediately.

  8. Paul Tobeck Avatar
    Paul Tobeck

    Bat shit crazy

  9. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    After watching the video I realized he must only shoot portraits. ;-)

  10. Collin McLaren Avatar
    Collin McLaren

    Thankfully not yet, but I’m still waiting for the day.

  11. Rob Avatar
    Rob

    When I was a student, I went to a local park/public utility easement to do some paint with light practice. Parks close at 1030p & I was there well before that. About 20 minutes into my project, PD shows up & asks what I’m doing. I explain. He see’s my gear & says that a resident has complained that I’m taking nude photos of here–through the drawn curtains, through a 6′ high block wall fence over 100m away and windows facing 90 degrees away from me. Its pretty obvious to him the complaint is out of line but he asks that I wrap it up for the night for everyone’s sanity. The cop was pretty cool about it & as incredulous as I at the complaint.
    For the most part, the only “problems” I experience are being interrupted with requests to take a photo of some Kodak moment with their camera.

  12. Peter Young Avatar
    Peter Young

    The Law says I can If you think I’m breaking the law don’t make a fool of yourself simply call the police……………..The police for the sake of peace will say that retreat is a better form of valor but ask the police to make it clear that you are not breaking the Law. Otherwise more taxpayers money will be wasted each and every time the police are called out by the same person. Many of these people think they are right and need to be corrected………………..Simple really.

  13. Mitchel Martin Avatar
    Mitchel Martin

    A commercial photographer should know better. You shouldn’t assume you can use public property to execute your business transactions. The homeowner had a right to complain.

    1. Sean Avatar
      Sean

      You obviously failed reading in school. Was not a “business” transaction was a photographer taking snapshots of his friends kids. If no money changes hands it’s not “business”.

  14. Beached Paws Avatar
    Beached Paws

    Most public lands you do have to have a permit. As a visiting family with kids at a park, it would definitely ruin the atmosphere if someone set up a portable photo studio next to me. But if a photographer is just using their camera it shouldn’t be a problem. Unless this lady is on a most wanted list or witness protection program and she’s afraid her own photo will be taken and published.

  15. Adwb Avatar
    Adwb

    The stupid part is that every one was using a phone or tablet to film then nobody would complain, even in shopping malls the security ignore a phone but not a camera, I ask you which do you think terrorist would be most likly to use? Answers on a post card to your local Police anti terror department

  16. Renlish Avatar
    Renlish

    This woman made an ass of herself with the assumption that the photographer was conducting business there. I don’t think producing a permit to shoot would have stopped the tirade anyway – she was on a mission on behalf of all the other users of the park, regardless of what they thought of it. LOL

  17. architect Avatar
    architect

    The US Supreme Court in 2009 ruled that photographers can photograph anything visible from public property. There is no expectation of privacy in public spaces. That includes spaces visible from public spaces. If you screw your girlfriend in your bedroom and leave the shades open you have surrendered your expectation of privacy if visible from the public way. A photographer may photograph anyone or anything with these parameters. How a photographer uses the images is where the legal controls exist. Photographers may publish and sell any image them deem to be a work of art without compensation to the subject or their permission. Photographers may not use these images for commercial purposes that imply an endorsement of a product or a position on a matter without the subjects permission. If a photographer publishes an image that knowingly damages or injures a person without permission they may face legal ramifications however this needs to be substantiated as a real injury. Some municipalities have permit restrictions for commercial shoots which a photographer must abide with or be subject to civil fines. These are generally set up to protect other bystanders from injury from equipment.

    This woman’s anger is personal and has no legal basis.