I almost got killed because of street photography – it’s not worth it

Jul 24, 2017

Vijce

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I almost got killed because of street photography – it’s not worth it

Jul 24, 2017

Vijce

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I’ve always said that I love street photography so much that I would die for it. However, I didn’t expect the Universe to call me out on it.

Getting that one shot almost got me killed once…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZqVnq1RY3Y

HOW IT ALL HAPPENED…

A few years ago, I was producing a street photography album in Seoul. The South-Korean capital looked amazing after dark. I spent night after night wandering the streets to discover more golden moments.

Well…Okay by Vijce | Seoul, 2013

One night, I stumbled upon a nice scenery in Gangnam (the area from the famous song). Traffic was heavy in that area. I loved how the flashy cars always lit up the subjects from the back. It looked like this:

Farewell, My Soulmate by Vijce | Seoul, 2013

In order to get more exciting perspectives, I moved from the side walk to the street. With my eyes on the traffic lights and cars, I quickly took a photo and went back.

For one shot, I followed a gorgeous lady down the street. She was perfectly lit up by some headlights in the distance. I thought it was some sort of living street since some people walked in the middle. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read any of the signs.

THE MOMENT I “SAW THE LIGHT”

While I was composing the shot, a car suddenly made a right turn and entered our street at high speed. All of a sudden, I was blinded by the headlights that were only a few feet away from us. My subject quickly jumped to the side…

….but my problem was that I had crouched down behind her.

Rush Hour by Vijce | Seoul, 2013

I immediately hit the panic button. Literally. As dumb as it sounds, but my camera took a photo when I tried to pull myself up on it to escape. Through a weird duck walk combined with an awkward hop to the side, I dodged the car only by a few inches…

Although I still love to take risks for my street photography, I got a bit more careful after this incident. Did you ever put yourself in danger for that one shot or know someone that did?

I’d love to hear your stories:

IS THERE A MORAL TO THIS STORY?

1) I was a moron for being so reckless and blindly trusting some locals.

2) Don’t take “street photography” too literally.

3) Just in case: Small hops are definitely faster than duck walking!

About the Author

Vijce is an award-winning fine-art street photographer and coach based in Amsterdam. His label Eye, Heart & Soul empowers fine art street photographers worldwide. Make sure to check out his street photography workshops and connect with EHS on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to level up your street photography game! This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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9 responses to “I almost got killed because of street photography – it’s not worth it”

  1. Christian Lainesse Avatar
    Christian Lainesse

    no because I have situational awareness

    1. Mkeik Avatar
      Mkeik

      You can get some cream for that from the doctors.

  2. Sean C. Smith Avatar
    Sean C. Smith

    I lived in Seoul for 14 years. Only a fool would walk on the street. Crossing the street when you have the right of way is still a risk in Seoul as too many drivers consider red lights suggestions to ignore.

  3. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Here i was expecting a tale of someone attacking the author for taking their photo. Instead I get a tale of someone not paying attention to their surroundings. This is on par with the selfie idiots who get themselves killed by falling of ledges, or the clowns that think standing on RR bridges is a great idea. Click Bait.

  4. toby_toby Avatar
    toby_toby

    How do I downvote this article?

  5. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Revised your article for brevity and clarity:

    “I was a moron for being so reckless”

    1. Sean Avatar
      Sean

      and for stalking the girl.

  6. Jimmy Harris Avatar
    Jimmy Harris

    I totally get where the author is coming from. We’ve all done stupid things in our youth.

    One time when I was a young man, I was at a park and feeling invincible as teenagers often do. Convinced of my own immortality, I decided to take my shoes off and dangle my feet in the cool waters of a nearby stream. After living life on the edge for a few minutes (literally, I was on a small embankment), I decided to walk through the freshly cut grass, sans shoes. That’s when I stepped on a bee, which in turn stung me! If I had been allergic to bees, I would have died!

    These days I dare not take such risks. Life is too precious.

  7. Samuel Ashdown Avatar
    Samuel Ashdown

    “and blindly trusting some locals” you went to korea and followed women in skirts around whilst crouching in the middle of a street. Come on dude