September 18, 2012 • 3 Comments
“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.” – Tyrion Lannister
This quote never rang so true to me than it has this week. Last Tuesday I decided to go to the Ben Franklin Bridge to take some shots to complete a Long Exposure series that I have been working on. While taking my long exposures everything was going well. No strange people asking strange questions and the conditions were what I wanted them to be.
About 5PM, I decided to move to center of the bridge to get a very long exposure of the bridge and the moving water underneath it. And then it happened. I put my head down for just a minute to do some calculations for the long exposure I started, and then I saw something from the corner of my eye. At that moment two women walked up to me and asked if I just saw that. It turned out that a person committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. This was the scene captured during the man's death.
It was pretty disturbing to say the least, but what I found to be appalling was the number of jokes that people made about this person that just committed suicide. I mean come on, really?? If this was a loved one or a friend would that spark the same reaction from these people? I tend to think not.
Everyone that walked by including the police questioned me about what I saw (having my tripod and camera out), curiously wondering if I had captured something, but because it was an eight-minute exposure, the person could not be seen in my shot.
Suicide is a solution to one or many of life’s temporary problems, where as life and the future has the possibility to create a number of better times. There is no doubt about it that life can be cruel and unforgiving. We all have different things we are working through, but myself, I’d take the chance to live another day over death anytime. If you are having problems talk to someone about. Everything at some point must die, but to die at one’s own hands is truly a sad thing.
Having said that I dedicate this photo to the person who ended their life. May you rest in Peace…
Keywords: Ben Franklin Bridge, Bruce Wayne Photography, Delaware River, Long Exposure Photography, PA, Philadelphia
3 minutes of awesome moody black and white buildings with cool timelapse clouds. And you put a giant PNC logo in the middle of all of it? I just can't get over that.
My goodness. What an experience to be present composing and capturing an image just then when this sad event was happening and to be unaware too. It is a marvelous moody photo. It has a haunting quality because of the B&W and long exposure. Perhaps even more so given the background story.
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