Update: DAMMIT! I should've known better than to think I could believe the words of a local government, and their blessing to do a photographic project for them. My partner was emailed the other day and told that we'll have to go sign our waivers next week, to be able to access the grounds
of the complex. It also stated that "unfortunately, we won't be allowed inside the buildings"! WTF?! We're signing waivers for what, supervised access tothe dangerous LAND around the complex?
I am baffled and disgusted that this has happened, and at this point, I really don't think I want to be involved at all anymore.
I'm not sure what happened, and a return email to find out has gone unanswered. I do know that our first contact no longer has anything to do with our proposal, but now we apparently have a small army of city people with their fingers in the pie...I'm definitely still going to go to this meeting next week, but if their idea of giving us access to the outside only
can't be remedied, then the entire lot of them can kiss my giant white a**. I have no patience whatsoever for bullsh*t and this seems to be headed into a giant pile of it. Since I already have hundreds of pictures of the exteriors of these buildings, I could care less about getting even more of them from a little closer up!
I honestly cannot for the life of me understand these people that operate within our local governments. Do thy realize that from the outside, they appear to be completely inept?! What could they possibly gain from preventing us controlled access to these places?! If we are signing waivers releasing them from any and all liability, then what the ffff is the problem?! Our proposal would provide them with an excellent, thorough record of this complex, which was once the city's largest employer. MANY people would love to be able to see what has become of it, and most of the remaining buildings are structurally sound. There is absolutely NO justification for their position...This is seriously maddening, and is so typical of bureaucracy - the few that have reason and want to get things done are lost in the mindlessness of majority rule, which is typically driven by a desire to be politically correct despite practical reality.
No offense to anyone here, but this is one of the many concepts that support my theory that we humans truly are a bunch of idiots. This is the kind of attitude those in control have towards our history, one that has led to the reckless destruction of countless historical structures, especially
over the last ten years. Will it ever change? Will dumb people ever stop being put into positions that give them the power to ruin things for the rest of us?
I'll post back when I get through that meeting next week. Wish us luck - I think we're gonna need a lot of it, now, thanks to these clowns...
If it goes bad, maybe I'll just break down after all these years and find my way in there anyway, despite the security. It wouldn't be the first time someone figured out how to be stealthy, right?