A journalist who stops to help doesn't want to become part of the story himself
Kieran Beer of Fortent Inform (left) stopped to help a woman in distress after Wednesday evening's steam explosion in New York, but didn't think that he, as a journalist, ought to make himself part of the story. In today's Times he explains why he appears exasperated with Reuters photographer Brendan McDermid in the news shot that's now appearing around the world:
"I look pretty distressed in the photo. I was, but mostly about the photo being taken. I understood the photographer was doing his job, but I really didn’t want be part of the story. There was a mob of people with cell phone cameras, but I’m sure this one was taken by the guy with the tripod. He took two, moving the camera twice to keep it a respectful distance in front of us. I knew immediately that the photo would be dramatic and was likely to get picked up by newspapers. That’s why I’m looking away from the camera. I felt I should stay with that woman, but I didn’t want to be in the picture."
Mike (Thanks to David A. Goldfarb)