On the streets of London and Paris and Rome, among the ancient Roman ruins in Baalbek, in the mountains of Belize, wherever I went, I went with a mind to take a memorable photo of it. The problem was, I never did take a memorable photo. And I realized that I was spending more time caring about my pictures than about the place I was in.

So I laid down my camera. Which was probably for the best because my pictures were all out of focus.

Yet lousy pictures don’t bad policy make. Put another way, so what if I’m jealous of people who can take good pictures. Establishing Photography-Free Zones is nonetheless a good idea, because if it did nothing else, it would keep me from being in all your family photos.