fatality #3

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    on sunday there was an horrific car accident about 150 yards to the right of my house.

    i knew that something terrible had occurred when i saw two helicopter air ambulances land in the field at the front of my house.

    the road that runs in front of the house is an exceptionally busy and dangerous road.

    it is very straight; car drivers and motorcyclists feel that this gives them some kind of licence to push their vehicles with respect to speed.

    i have lived here for three and a half years now, and i have heard more ambulances than you.

    the man who died was 35 years old.

    his 3 year old daughter will not be entirely cognisant of his death until she is older.

    she suffered life threatning injuries.

    the above text has been amended.

    it was wrong of me to presume the man was driving too fast.

    every time i hear the ambulance sirens, i know lives will be changed irrevocably.

    the|G|™

    1. A Dharma Bum 56 months ago | reply

      horrifying.

      wonderful image. those naive eyes can't fully grasp the levels of the tragedy.

    2. red.dahlia 56 months ago | reply

      without your (eloquent) words this photo, alone, would be enough to draw in my breath a bit more sharply due only to the rawness of the image and how it makes me want to look up in the sky and see what he is looking at so.damn.badly.

      i fucking love any image that makes me want to jump right into the screen. well, if that were physically possible, i should say.

      i lived in a house once where, during three separate accidents, one or both cars ended up on our front lawn. i was a teenager so this felt stupidly exciting. something is happening! on my street! my lawn!

      now, looking back, i'm a bit reticent to have been so ambivalent about the danger those accidents created. luckily no one was ever killed. there were no passerby on the street to get hit randomly by a runaway vehicle and there were no fatalities of the parties involved.

      it's sad and startling to realize that a lot of us behave in manners that could very well get us or someone else killed when behind a wheel.

      ps, reply to FM forthcoming. :)

    3. MaddyDread [otherwise occupied] 56 months ago | reply

      when i was a child i lived by a river. it was at the bottom of a steep hill behind the row of houses which included my own. i was out in the rowboat one day w/ some friends when my neighbor's granddad was in their boat puttering w/ something. the brakes on a car at the top of the hill failed (the man's son had an auto repair business) & it rolled down the hill & pinned the old man in the river. it did not go totally on top of him, just pinned him down sufficiently so he couldn't get his head our of the water. his son got him out & together w/ another man gave him mouth to mouth, we were sitting in the boat watching & even laughing. when the police came they told us he was dead in a very stern way. i thought i saw his head move but it was just rolling back when the cop let go of it. i felt like such a little shit-bird. it was the first time i saw someone die & it took a long time for the reality to sink in (no pun intended, i swear).

      your image is so great--red dahlia said it all!!! when we are young we are fascinated by disasters---as long as they're not happening to us or those we love.

      keep shooting. i like a lot of CW's stuff.

      r

    4. leonardo italiano 56 months ago | reply

      speed kills. we have the same problem here too.i live on a side street with a school across the street of my house and the idiots drive above the speed limit with little kids running around.seems to me it's a universal thing.what a shame.

    5. sp.neale 56 months ago | reply

      I hate Jeremy Clarkson

    6. Strength~vs~Weakness 56 months ago | reply

      Speechless on this one... all I can do is fave & think, "what if".

    7. the krankensteins(ready to play family feud) [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      yeah, makes you think for sure, all we take for granted can be changed in a heartbeat. rad shot.

    8. aprilsaur 56 months ago | reply

      really quite perfect, the way you captured this.

      your taste level is impeccable

    9. lavagirl66 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called inner eYe (P1/C1) , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      love this image...

    10. Plumbelina 56 months ago | reply

      My parents live on a dangerous curve. They've had people plow through their fence and rock wall so many times I can't even count...and some have unfortunately met their end. I'll never understand why people drive recklessly. Our bodies are so fragile....and easily destroyed when hurtling through through a windshield at 70 miles per hour. Makes no earthly sense to me...especially with your child in the car!

      This image is wonderful Paul! xo

    11. Plumbelina 56 months ago | reply

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    12. Plumbelina 56 months ago | reply

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    13. Plumbelina 56 months ago | reply

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    14. Ana.Caldas 56 months ago | reply

      life, life is so, so fragile isn't it ...? we are here exactly here talking and laughing and suddendly something bad ...bad happens and we feel so fragile trought the fact we can't make nothing ... nothing with tragedy and fatality. What i like here more is exactly the fact you choose the boys to ilustrate the words. They are aamzing and he expression and the fact they look to the sky and in simbolic terms, maybe the sky "protect" somehow the "fatality" ... The vulnerability of we all. I like, i like the fact we are small trought the events . I think i don't like at all the fact we are so small, sometimes.

      Brilliant, G!

    15. Ana.Caldas 56 months ago | reply

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    17. +gAbY+ 56 months ago | reply

      yesterday we drove from Brisbane to our home, 600 k, and on the road, when you are doing 100 k/h approx, you know that a long blink, a distraction or an asshole coming from somewhere can change your life for ever. My grandmother died in a car accident, and some years later, my aunt (her daughter) too. Cars are great. And safe. But people are something else..

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