4th in the Gritty City series – self explanatory really.
Or is it?
Obviously this piece is a commentary on the lack of compassion exhibited by people standing around and walking by, totally ignoring the girl on the ground. Is she sick? Has she been attacked? It’s hard to know. Journalists often encounter situations where they could (some say should) step in and help, but just shoot instead. Really, that’s usually the best thing they could do – often one person can’t make a difference, but one photograph of the situation can have enormous impact. It’s a hard thing to do – steel yourself against pain to record an event. I don’t know how they do it.
Thankfully, that is not the situation here. I don’t think I’d have the stomach to ignore her – in fact I know I wouldn’t. This photo was actually taken on Bridge Day 2007 (same day as my “Bridge Colours” photos). With Sydney Harbour Bridge closed to traffic, all kinds of people were taking the chance to sit down, make out – do all sorts of wacky things on the bridge. This girl just decided to have a little rest – she’s OK. Odd, but OK.
© Sara Lamond 2007. All rights reserved.