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Photo Series Pokes Fun at Ridiculous Laws You Probably Didn’t Even Know Existed

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Living in Alabama, one of the more frequent pieces of trivia I hear mentioned at social gatherings has to do with ridiculous state and city laws that are so ludicrous as to be unbelievable. The thing is, these laws exist, and not just in the great state of Alabama.

In her creative and humorous photo series I Fought the Law, photographer Olivia Locher exposes some of the most ridiculous ones you’ll find across the US.

So far Locher has only covered eight laws (one of which is NSFW and therefore not something we’ll share here) but each photo she takes shows someone breaking a ridiculous law in the most absurd way possible, piling absurdity upon absurdity and making the photographs that much more entertaining.

The photo at the top covers an Alabama law I’ve actually heard mentioned by friends several times: it’s illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama at all times. Can’t even count the number of times I’ve been burned by that one… if only I’d remember to keep my ice cream in my front pocket.

Here’s a look at the rest of the series (minus one photo, which you can find on her website):

In Texas it's illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

In Texas it’s illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

In Wisconsin it's illegal to serve apple pie without cheese in a public restaurant.

In Wisconsin it’s illegal to serve apple pie without cheese in a public restaurant.

In Delaware it is illegal to wear pants that are "form-fitting" around the waist.

In Delaware it is illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting” around the waist.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.

In Connecticut pickles must bounce to officially be considered pickles.

In Connecticut pickles must bounce to officially be considered pickles.

In California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

In California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

If you’re hungry for more ludicrous photos, or you just want to learn about more ridiculous laws, have no fear: the series is ongoing. In fact, according to Feature Shoot, Locher intends to mock humorous laws across all 50 states before she’s said and done.

To see more of Loher’s work, be sure to visit her website by clicking here.

(via Feature Shoot)


Image credits: Photographs by Olivia Locher and used with permission.


 
  • Venser

    The problem is some of them aren’t even laws. Did a cursory search about the cheese and apple pie, and it doesn’t exist. Never did. Didn’t bother looking up the others.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    What the…

  • Michael S

    Seriously? You’re so Puritanical you can’t show a dildo on your site?
    /facepalm

  • mat

    But they can post the open letter to “a band of gypsies” ! :D

  • Todd Gardiner

    Petapixel avoids any article or photo series involving nudes.

    You didn’t know that?

  • Mike

    Being from Wisconsin, I’m a little offended by that apple pie/cheese photo. Everyone (or so I thought) knows you serve apple pie with cheddar cheese, not swiss!

  • Fryoyo

    Disgusting

  • Carlos Garcia

    The idea is pretty funny, the pictures i found to be quite bland, not even trying to be funny.

    “You cant serve pie without cheese? lets go with cheese on top of pie! Hilarious”

  • Coop

    Probably all laws because someone did all this stuff and they’re superstitious now

  • 7LeagueBoots

    All of these, “there’s this ridiculous law in XXX state,” always turn out to be completely false when anyone actually bothers to look into them. Cool photo series, but it should be titled, “I Fought the Law(s) that Don’t Exist”

  • tomarist

    even though its fake. if the law is you cant serve pie without cheese then the photo of pie with cheese isn’t fighting the law. surely it should just be a picture of the pie.

  • Nathan Blaney

    “In Texas it’s illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.” What’s an unusual haircut and how does this photo illustrate that? Unusual makeup, perhaps. Hair? Not so much.

  • Michael Zinfandel Rork

    Right? I don’t mean to criticize her project because I applaud her effort, but all of the images are showing what’s illegal, yet the pie one is the legal version. Technically so are the pickles, which are shown to be bouncing.

    For the pickles I would have tried to illustrate some pickles NOT bouncing with a big label that said “pickles” next to it, maybe in a old small town style shop and an old man serving them. Ooo! Ooo! Or he can be dropping them on a “hidden” (made to look like it’s supposed to be hidden, but we can tell it’s there) miniature trampoline to “prove” they are pickles before serving them.

  • Mark

    A side note on the ice cream in the back pocket. This was the way they used to steal horses. The horse would follow the ice cream and the thief could always say that he didn’t steal it, it followed him home. Makes good sense.

  • Horst

    Apart from everything that’s wrong with the content itself (see the cake comments made by others earlier etc.) these photos are pretty bad.
    I would never release these shots as a project. They look like first sketch versions but completely lack any sense of visual appeal to me.

  • KR

    “In California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool” unless you’re Mythbusters

  • http://www.vincentmorretino.com/ fast eddie

    I used to launch my BMX bike into the pool at my apartment in Anaheim all the time as a kid. Sure, management didn’t like it, but nobody called the cops.

  • Steven Wade

    Puritanical? I think that might be a tad far. Well, really far. But seriously, they can’t have some discretion? /facepalm

  • poor me

    Wow man, you need to get laid. Looking at dildo’s on the web just isn’t cool! what a loser!

  • Ninh Hoang

    Same here. The idea is creative but more thoughts could have been put into illustrating it better. Also it doesn’t feel like one cohesive series. The only one I found somewhat effective is the 1st photo of the boy with the unusual haircut, because of his expression.. like he’s caught doing something he shouldn’t be doing.