I remember seeing when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred and seeing all the photographs immediately after the explosion. People crying out for help and thousands of photographs of people bleeding, stunned, dying. I wondered, did the photographer ever stop taking pics and help the injured. Today, I was shooting a high school baseball game. It was between a double header and I looked over my shoulder and noticed a cyclist had appeared to have crashed on the bike trail behind me. I didn't think anything of it, it appeared he was moving and there was a runner assisting him, I instinctively,shot a pic. It wasn't a minute latter that I saw the baseball coach running over to the cyclist. I paused and immediately handed my camera setup to a lady Next to me, and hauled ass over there. By the time I got there, less than 20 seconds, we were doing CPR. It seemed like forever before fire and paramedics made it there. The whole time we were there, we got not pulse, paramedics shocked him once (fing equipment failure) and resumed CPR. They couldn't get him intabated, so they kept with the bag. They loaded him up in the ambulance and off they went.
I am not sure why, but I have to post this, there is a tremendous load of guilt I am experiencing. What if I had gone over there instead of taking that pic, gone immediately, would it have mattered? Assisting someone in need was surpassed by photography in that instant. Hindsight is 20/20, he was blue when we got there, but maybe he wasn't to far gone a minute earlier. I saw the pic when I was editing my images and almost started crying. Don't let photography separate you from the life that is around you.
Thanks for listening!