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You can't take pictures of the sheer splendor that is the Natick Mall
By adamg on Sat, 09/29/2007 - 10:06am
Dave reports from the Natick Collection of Overpriced Clothing that a stern woman with a notebook came up to him as he was taking a photo and admonished him that "taking pictures of the mall is not allowed."
What's Natick Mall management hiding? Could it be they don't want you to learn their dark secrets, like that they haven't fully unraveled the yarn that's supposed to be holding up the ceiling?
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My website is nothing BUT pictures of malls, and I can say that we've experienced the same thing at almost every mall across the country. It's part of why there's rarely any older photos of most malls floating around, which is a total shame. I take most of my shots with a relatively high-res camera phone, which solves most of the problems but doesn't get the best photos that I could possibly get.
I haven't made it to Natick Collection yet but am dying to. The shopping is mostly secondary; I'm interested in seeing a piece of new retail architecture where they put some thought and effort into building a place that's a bit unique. Mall development since the late '80s has been horribly bland, and Natick Collection seems to be one of the few attempts to buck that.
I've gone back a few times to get more shots. The exterior at night is especially inspired. I like the upright Nordstrom sign as one enters the tunnel that leads under the mall, to the parking garage and Flutie Pass. The style and lighting mixed with the landscaping around Neiman Marcus reminds me of the Filenes building of the original Chestnut Hill Shopping Center of the 1950s' which later became the General Cinema headquarters, and now has a container store.
The stores seem to change inside malls freqently, and I think it's an interesting thing to document. There are still a few blank spots that have advertising of a coming soon nature.
One thing I wonder about
Every time I drive to work on Rte. 9 west, I come up from the Beetleback and wonder how long before they cut down the tree that obscures that rusty-orange monolith thing.
Common Sense, folks
Most malls (and many large stores, for that matter) don't allow photography because you could either be a competitor or a thief casing the place for a robbery. Don't act so indignant, it is afterall private property, so unbunch your panties and either buy something or take a walk.
Of course the mall owners have the right to set policy; however, they should weigh that against the fact that they are ticking off customers with said policy.
I once got pulled over on the NY state thruway for taking pictures - apparently that's now priv. property too.
were you driving while taking photos?
maybe they just thought you were doing something unsafe.