Photographer Olivia Locher created her “I Fought The Law” series of images to highlight some of the most absurd and outdated laws still on the books in America today. The photos are lighthearted, making their slightly rebellious nature fun, but violate an actual US State law. Some of the rules are just bizarre while others are simply outdated.
Many of the laws depicted in the images leave viewers wondering why they would have been enacted in the first place. For example, causing static is against the law in South Dakota.
In Minnesota, it is illegal to cross state lines with a bird atop your head. This begs the question, were bird-wearing state line crossers a problem at some point in history?
Some similarly odd regulations prevent Nevada residents from putting an American flag on a bar of soap and Ohioans from disrobing in front of a man’s portrait.
Practical jokers aren’t well received in Pennsylvania, as it is illegal to tie a dollar bill to a string and then pull the dollar away when someone attempts to pick it up.
Other images show outdated laws that served a purpose when they were put on the books. For example, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama because horse thieves would use the cold treats to lure the animals away. This allowed them to guide the horse without laying hands on the animal. This gave them the opportunity to avoid actions directly associated with horse thievery until the animal could be considered “lost” and they were well out of sight of onlookers.
In Michigan, painting sparrows to look like parakeets and then selling them as though they were the more exotic bird is also illegal.
The tongue-in-cheek collection is a fun way to explore some of the stranger US laws that are still enforceable today.
As for whether Locher or the models technically violated the laws while doing the photo shoots, that would depend on whether she was actually in the associated state when the image was captured.
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