A conversation with the New Jersey DOT in regards to me trying to acquire a permit to photograph on their highway medians this year for a new series that is nearly in the works (tentatively dubbed "medianscapes - Lady Bird Johnson project"). This call was placed to the special permits division of the NJDOT:
ME: Hi, yes I'm calling to acquire a permit to take a series of photographs over the course of 4 months that involve myself and an assistant utilizing various highway medians throughout the state of New Jersey.
NJDOT: Um, yeah.
ME: well what sort of permits do you have for that?
NJ DOT: just park your car and take the photograph. you get caught...you get caught?
ME: Ummm, so you don't have a permit for that type of work?
NJDOT: we can send a safety crew with all kinds of trucks and signs to protect you. You know, with a "Man at Work" sign accompanying you.
ME: (I'm thinking that last one was a smartass response) Ok, so if I do get caught what's the fine or will they confiscate my camera or something?
NJDOT: nah, the officer will probably just tell you to move along.
So... the new gameplan: camera on and already. tripod setup. location pre-scouted. Park car. Get on median. Shoot picture. Run.