Before the Attack

photosbytony

Harrisburg, United States

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Featured in “Street Photography & Photojournalism” 7/12 /11
Featured in the “Emergency Services Group” 7/16/11

This was my first image when I arrived at the fire, also the widest view of the smoke. Thought I should include it. I remember how calm & relaxed the “Bomberos” seemed, which gave me some confidence. They didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry but soon after this they began their relentless attack on the flames and hot spots.

Driving through Mexico City and saw a huge plume of black smoke fill the sky and headed towards it. I arrived moments ahead of the firemen or “Bomberos” in Spanish and before the police so I walked into this fire at an outdoor chemical storage facility with the firemen. It let me get up close and personal, maybe too close, at one time two bomberos turned their hoses towards me. I was standing on a stack of full barrels and 15 feet behind me another stack had burst into flames. I jumped down in a panic and heard them laughing and yelling “Cuidado Gringo”.

Taken in the early 70’s in Mexico City, Mexico. Nikkormat camera with I think a 50 mm lens and Tri-X film. Things you do when you are young and indestuctable. :)

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