Video captures the moment a woman almost falls into the Grand Canyon while shooting a photo
Stupid selfie risks seem to be on the rise, leading to ever-increasing bans on places where you can shoot. But being stupid while shooting photos of others is also pretty common. This video shows the moment when 20-year-old Emily Koford was photographing her mother at the Grand Canyon and almost slipped straight off the edge.
The description of the video says that Koford and her mother visited the Arizona landmark from Texas on October 28th. And while shooting a photo of her mother with the canyon as the backdrop, she backed up to get a better shot. Emily’s mother, Erin Koford, told ABC News that “she kept going backwards. I looked out and I saw how close she was to the edge and I said, ‘don’t take another step back,’ and she did. My stomach went up into my chest”.
Another visitor, Kevin Fox, reportedly saw the two posing on the rock and wanted to show his kids “the stuff you don’t do”. Little did he realise they’d give him the perfect example to illustrate why. She was very lucky to have a rock to put her hand on to stop her fall from going any further, but even with that, this story could’ve still had a very bad ending.
If you want to know how things like this, this, this and this happen, this is how. It’s why countries like India have implemented “No-Selfie Zones” and Russia launching a whole campaign on how to not get killed while shooting a selfie (seriously?). It’s what causes locations to become fenced off, ruining the whole reason you went there to photograph them in the first place or see access to those locations blocked completely.
Spacial awareness, people. Shooting a photo (whether it’s of yourself or somebody else) doesn’t make you immune from the dangers around you.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.