Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws – In Pictures

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In Minnesota a person may not cross state lines with a bird atop his head

Did you know that in the US Alabama State it is forbidden to wear a horn with ice cream in the back pocket of your pants? Why would you want to do this? Yes, who knows, but for this act, you can be held accountable in court.

Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Illinois, a hat pin can be considered a concealed weapon.
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Wisconsin, it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Kansas, it’s illegal to serve wine in teacups

In a series of pictures “I fought laws,” photographer  Olivia Locher creatively jokes about the most absurd laws in force in the United States. Each photo is a deliberate violation of some strange law of the US state.

Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Nevada, it’s illegal to put an American flag on a bar of soap
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Alabama, it is illegal to have an ice-cream cone in your back pocket.
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Utah, no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.

Some of these laws are simply obsolete historical laws, while others are just stupid. It is difficult to imagine why in California it is forbidden to ride bicycles in swimming pools or why wine should not be served in cups in Kansas.

Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Pennsylvania, it’s illegal to tie a dollar bill to a string and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Maryland hammering a nail into a tree is punishable by a $50 fine.

And the question arises: how many people manage to do sports while driving, that it was necessary to declare it outlawed?

Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Connecticut, pickles must bounce to officially be considered pickles.
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Michigan, it’s illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.
Photographer Olivia Loсher Showed Absurd American Laws - In Pictures
In Missouri, it’s illegal to deface a milk carton.

Locher began to research more of these laws and decided to recreate them for a new project. “They were all very visually appealing and I knew I wanted to photograph them.” Her book I Fought the Law (Chronicle Books, £12.99) is a collection of 50 images – one representing each US state. “I Fought the Law is not a place to look for cut-and-dried facts,” says Locher, “but hopefully it can open up people’s minds to larger issues.”

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