I'm fairly new to the photography community still, but I've have been in the design and creative community for nearly a decade. Common sense should be one of the easiest things to understand for artists, but still today some seem confused as to how to respect protected landmarks, especially our national parks. One girl learned the hard way after setting out and adding graffiti to rock formations and posting about them on her Instagram.
After a month-long traveling expedition in 2014, artist Casey Nocket, aka @creepytings, began adding graffiti and markings with her Instagram name along with the date on famous and protected rock formations, and then posted them to social media. Not a smart move. Just recently she was finally sentenced to a punishment that seems intense, yet fair. She will be suspended for two years from stepping foot on any park grounds along with adding 200 hours of community service.
The defendant’s defacement of multiple rock formations showed a lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures.
— Phillip A. Talbert, U.S. attorney
Nocket will also be ordered to pay an undisclosed fine that will be decided at a later date. Let's set this as a reminder to respect others' property when exploring and shooting, as well as research areas that are of greater value such as our national parks.