Tuesday, January 22, 2008

yes!

I'm thrilled right now. I just got off the phone with Peter Basich of the NYCDOT, who oversees the filming and photography of the city's bridges. He returned my call graciously and we, then, had a very good conversation in which I told him about my Harlem River bridges project to which he responded favorably and is willing to help in anyway possible. In order to get a MOFTB permit for still photography, I must obtain a permit from the NYCDOT first.

Mr. Basich told me to give his office a week's notice of any planned photography of a specific bridge. First, his office will make sure there's no work being done on that bridge at the time/date requested, and then, his office will work to process my approval. Afterwards, I'll need to apply online for a MOFTB still photography permit showing approval from the NYCDOT and then, I should hopefully get the city permit.

So, each time I plan to go out for a shoot of any of the bridges I must follow through with this process for official authorization. For the High Bridge, however, I'll need to contact the Park's Department since that bridge is under the Park's Department's jurisdiction.

This is really good news. Weaving myself through the city's bureaucracy has been a learning process, but my effort seems to be paying off.

3 Comments:

Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Dude, i am thrilled right there with you! You are going to have the best photographs in your "book"! Barnes and Noble here you come!!!
Love ya
Michelle

11:49 AM  
Comment Blogger Mary Jane Steele said...

That is great! All of the pictures you take are beautiful. How have you been feeling? I hope all is well.
Take care,
Jane

3:24 PM  
Comment Blogger Wullie said...

Duane,
I don't know how you put up with all the crap from the local constabulary and have to justify your every photograph. Genie Mac! Is New York, as a city, really that paranoid or is it just law enforcement?
I just don't get it! Should I just leave my camera in Boston when I pop down to The Bronx in June??

Can't wait to see your portfolio! Glad you appear to be making such a remarkable recovery.

Wullie

4:57 PM  

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