Just a Passing Observation

Black and white BW B&W Hamilton Ontario Canada contemporary documentary photography


It was one of those strange reactionary occurrences in life.

This is the intersection of King and James. If you stand there long enough, something interesting; not necessarily pleasant, will happen.

At that instance something, instinct perhaps, triggered in my head saying, “Now, start shooting right now!” so I raised my camera and held down the shutter release, panning as the car was swerving through and picking the pedestrian up over the hood. As the viewfinder goes black while the shutter is open, I didn’t even really see in real time what was occurring, although I could somehow predict what was transpiring in order to keep the lens aimed at the action.

More like documentary photography than street photography, all of the shots turned out pretty dramatic and horrifying but this one really conveys the urgency and danger of the moment.

Parts of this shot that I’m really glad I captured were the debris trail, and the witness on the park bench at the right edge of the image craning his neck to see it all unfold before him. If you look at the shot enlarged, you can see his mouth is open and his eyes are wide in shock. That’s raw emotion.

The pedestrian had a bit of a limp afterward but seemed to be okay for the most part; really lucky. He didn’t really want to stick around to be checked out by paramedics but he did in the end. It took some coaxing from the police to get him to submit to being examined.

I gave my statement to the police, and sent them my pictures but I wasn’t required for any additional investigation measures or trial.

8 thoughts on “Just a Passing Observation

  1. Wow. Which picture you could take. Skillfully. Luckily it didn’t go badly for him. The people in the car seems to be completely untouched by what is happening.

    • I think they were stunned. One of those situations in life that you freeze or don’t react correctly because you can’t believe what you’re experiencing is actually happening. It happens too fast and too bizarrely for one to fully comprehend.

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