Happy New Years from out on the street
Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:21 PM
So I?m looking for an angle. I have a few things in mind as I shoot but ?Bad weather affects New Year celebrations? is high on the list.
I get some bouncers saying attendance is down from last year and a helpful DJ runs a terrific countdown to 07.
Back on the street I get the drunks pouring happily out of the bars.
I notice the long rows of lit Taxis and think cool shot.
The road is busy, boy racers cruising quickly, traffic is moving way too fast and I?m not wearing a vest. I stand in a pool of light provided by a Taxi?s headlights and get a nice shot, love the cross filter on the XD.
As I button off and look away from the viewfinder a drunken figger trips off the sidewalk and lurches between me and the taxi onto the road. Acting on pure reflex I grab his T-shirt with my left hand and pull. He swings like a pendulum back toward me and a fast moving car collects his leg with a thump snatching the shoe from his foot and keeping it.
?Are you OK?? I ask.
He stares dimly at me, the heavily branded ONE News camera on my shoulder, moves unsteady on his shoeless foot and says ?I watch 3 News so F*** off.?
And away he limps back onto the sidewalk.
2007 starts and I probably saved a guys life. That feels very damn good? even if he was a dickhead.
Hope you all stay safe and have a happy New Year
Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:37 PM
This subject hits pretty close to home right now, as my uncle lies in intensive care after being struck by a motorbike while crossing the street:
He's getting better though.
Happy New Year to all!
Posted 01 January 2007 - 12:56 AM
Happy New Year Everybody! May it be a prosperous and fruitful year for all of you!
Oh, and Charles, I hope your uncle has a fast and full recovery.
Posted 01 January 2007 - 02:38 PM
Great story; good for you.
Chas, nice catching up with you the other day. Sorry to hear about your Uncle. I hope he will be okay.
Posted 05 January 2007 - 12:35 AM
Yeah you should have seen the expression on her face ! It was a fun night again. Hope you are well mate ! Andrew
Happy New Year guys !!
Ah, I was wondering if that was you, Andrew, that got smacked by one of the dancers . Good recovery. I would have smacked her back. Ha ha
See you later,
Posted 04 February 2007 - 03:54 AM
He's recovering slowly but steadily--it's still too early to tell if there will be a complete recovery or not. We are but fragile creatures.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:43 PM
I think that may also be part of why I enjoy flying a rig so much. The camera is away from my body and I can do an unimpaired visual check before I start and keep a peripheral eye out for danger? I feel safer.
Was that rig homemade?
Posted 07 February 2007 - 07:55 PM
the soul was ripped from one of my trainers
Thankfully my British upbringing and/or common sense provides me with the information that trainers=sneakers, but that with the typo conjures up an image of a zombie-like musclebound chap following you around in the gym...
Yes, that was a homebuilt rig, one of that first wave after the legendary Jack Imes published plans for same in a long defunct film fanzine. On that particular shoot I took a header while running through the tall weeds and never rebuilt it (the same could not be said for those weedy surrounds of the west side of midtown Manhattan, which turned into super-luxury condos not long thereafter). The next bit on the rig that was due to be replaced were those terrible hinges--talk about forcing a questionable posture!
Afton--that's a sort of stunning juxtaposition. Full circle indeed.