Reporting what seemed to be death
As a second year Photojournalist Intern at the Addison Independent in Addison County, VT I was asked to report this scene. I was told it was a three car crash but upon arrival was in shock at the scene I seeing, to me it looked like someone had died or was about to. The first thing I saw was a dump truck full of boulders fallen on top of a mini-van. Next I saw a woman’s arm reaching for a firefighter out of the mini-van.
As scared as I was for these people I knew I had to do my job. Before taking any images I asked a Firefighter is everyone was okay, He said, we’re not sure. I took my images until the Sheriff had asked me to refrain, at that point they were pulling the woman out of the mini-van. In the end, everyone was okay and walked out with minimal injuries.
Barbie Zelizer has many valid points but I wish she would take a walk on the photographers side a little bit more. We are there to report these things these tragedies to expose the horrors to the public in hopes that someone will stand up to the wrongs in the world. For me, I went to report that story and capture that image to let the family members and friends of these car accident victims know that, “Yes, this accident looks bad but everyone is okay. Do not worry.”
The Article for the accident if you’re interested: