To Share or Not to Share

What I thought would be a refreshing jog across the Williamsburg Bridge turned into a depressing scene when I witnessed a man attempting to take his life; he was running further and further up along the suspension bridge, as police followed him in hopes to save him.

I naturally reached for my cell phone to take a few photos, and, at the same time, felt like I should respect the sensitivity of the situation. I decided to then focus only on the brave NYPD officers who were coming to his rescue, and I initially only shared those images.

Then I was reminded of something someone told me the previous weekend while I attended the Women Photograph workshop. They said something along the lines of “It’s great that you love to capture the good moments because we definitely don’t see much of that in the world. However, those moments will often have a greater impact if you capture the whole picture – what led up to those moments.”

And then once I revealed how I felt about the images, another fellow photographer mentioned this, which really struck me: “If we censor ourselves to the point where we hide the ugliness of life then we as a society will live in falsehoods not grounded in any reality. That would be a much more dangerous society to be living in.”

This is real life. People aren’t always at their best. And people can help if people are informed. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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