posted on Apr, 24 2009 @ 12:52 AM
First I just wanted to say that this isnt some really extraordinary, super exciting story in particular, I just wanted to tell about a little
experience I had with them and it seemed like a good first post here also.
So here goes:
I'm studying photography in the university i attend and we had an assignment about people. I had been looking around for interesting things to shoot
but had been turned down the people i wanted to shoot in my first ideas.
After an afternoon of walking around in the city i live in, me and some friends went by the Church of Scientology. After hearing so much about them in
the news with all the Cruise stories and everything else ive been really curious to go in there and see for myself whats it all about.
So we went in there and i was also hoping that i could get a few shots in there for my assignment.
After walking up to the reception we met this really nice and happy lady who I talked too about the project i had going on. My friends walked around a
bit and looked on all the merchandise (dvds, magazines, books, jewellery) and as i was talking to the receptionist lady i could notice another person
walking up to them and asked if they wanted to buy books or take classes and whatnot, and this was after being there for only a few minutes.
But anyway, i continued to talk about the project that i had and asked if there was any possiblity to take pictures there for my assignment. The lady
i was talking to seemed really positive and almost eager about it and said that i should come back tmr around the same time and talk to this other guy
who usually handles questions like this, but she seemed very positive to the idea so i persumed that i could to my assignment there.
The next day I called them before i went there just in case they wouldve tried to trick me or something, considering it was easter and a public
But they picked up and I said that i had an appointment there at 4pm and they said that i was indeed welcome there and that they were open.
So i went there and got introduced to a guy im gonna call John, as he wanted to remain anonymous. He asked me to come with him in one of their offices
and we sat down and started talking abou the project i wanted to do.
In the middle of my description about the project he stops me and says that i cant take any pictures what so ever but if i had any questions about
other stuff he would be willing to talk about it.
I, of course, gets very confused about this considering that the lady from the other day seemed so eager for me to do this. I askwed why and he just
said that it just wasnt allowed for anyone to take pictures in there and that the information and books in there were available on the internet
I got very annoyed now and said that it wasnt the information i was after but i wanted to take pictures there to show what kind of people worked there
and about their workplace (or church..).
He refused and said that he couldnt do anything about that. He then said that there werent anything interesting there anyway but i explained to him
that i thought it was really interesting with all the books and e-meters and stuff they had lying around.
But he just smiled and nodded. This whole thing ruined my entire assignment and i knew that i had to keep on asking coz othervise i would be in big
trouble not getting anything for my assignment.
I left the chair and said: okey, thank you anyway. and went out of the office. John stillsaid that he was sorry for the misconception. But then
outside the office i started to ask him a lot of questions regarding everything there and about him.
He then opened up a bit and started talking, this could be my chance i thought and after a while i asked again if u could take some pictures there. He
then seemed a bit more open to the idea coz i wanted to take a picture of this big chart which is called:
The Materials Guide Chart.