Sunday, October 25, 2009

the fall

i found this image here with no information attached. all i keep thinking is holy shit!?!

7 comments:

TallTchr said...

I hope it isn't real. Who could frame a picture so perfectly at such a moment? But it is a very powerful image, telling the story and compelling us to imagine what happened next.

Meghan said...

It's an amazing photograph, and very famous. Unfortunately it is real: the young woman died, but the child lived.

You can read more about it here, about one quarter of the way down the page (warning, there are some extremely graphic images on this page that some may find disturbing):
http://www.uniquescoop.com/2009/09/photos-that-changed-world.html

Peregrine said...

I knew I've seen this picture somewhere before. It took me a while, but I found it.

The photo was by Stan Foreman, a photographer for the Boston Globe. He snapped the picture just as the fire escape gave way, and then looked away in shock, realizing that the two were falling. Not seen in the photo, a firefighter was on a ladder nearby in a failed rescue attempt. The mother was killed on impact, and the child survived.

astropixie said...

woah.

Georgie K. Buttons said...

That's horrible.

Anonymous said...

I propose. that the reason the child wasn't killed by newtonian laws. Rather adult knowledge of the damage that was to follow. Consider drunks in car wrecks...true, the alcohol acts as a relaxant,but with diminished cognitive ability the impact is negated some. I of coarse have no proof, just from what i've seen. Thinkin parachutists whose chutes failed to open kinda thing. Indeed the image disturbs..but it is reality.
jeff

katie said...

this is from a pretty famous case that most media students learn about. you have to learn about morals with what to publish and what not to. I'm pretty sure the family sued because you could identify who was in the photo. very sad situation.