The event that I was present to capture wasn't anything to be excited about but I'm proud that I had the mentality, awareness, and readiness to jump into photojournalist mode to act. On June 8th, I was sitting in the garage window way of a coffee shop called Tryst when a pickup truck went speeding up 18th Street through two people on foot, police officer bicycles, side swiped a motor bus and bystanders vehicle, before crashing into a dump truck in an intersection, after he attempted to flee.
For me, I had just left a meeting for branding only an hour or so prior so I dropped by the coffee house for live jazz while I wrapped up my notes. Loud noises during the evening, 9 o'clock hour in Adam's Morgan is nothing out of this normal. 18th Street is known for bar hopping, clubs, music, and plenty of people. However, the noise coming from the sound of a bus and pick-up truck colliding, in addition to the sounds of people gasping and screaming, were not the usual sounds of 18th Street.
Initially, I stood clear of the road, alert, scanned my surroundings, and mentally started preparing my escape plan. I immediately started to wonder if this was some random, drunk, idiot or a terrorist attack. After all, Adam's Morgan is touristy and locals come frequently so it's fair to think that the location could've been targeted by terrorists. My first thoughts were of the Nice, France terrorists attacks when drivers drove through crowds on Bastille Day.
After giving it some fair time, I heard the police sirens and saw locals rushing over to offer assistance and then I went into action. If I claim to be "The Visual Voice" then I need to act like it; at all times. I had a job to do. Unfortunately, just before this happened I had to go to the car for my laptop charger. I grabbed my important belongings (my camera) and left the rest once I sent my prayers up that no one took any of my things. At the car, I figured I wouldn't need my camera anymore (Wrong, Wrong, WRONG!) so I left that and only returned with my charger. So everything was documented on my iPhone 7 and luckily it's a Plus so the photos and videos were fairly decent, which can be seen on my page ADAMS MORGAN, DC.
Even better, 6 news sources reached out to me for permission to use my material on their stories! Those sources included FOX 5 DC, NBC News, the Washington Post, NY Times, NBC NY, and Reuters News! How cool is that!? I was tickled, honored, thrilled by the idea and the day after my Lovher was browsing Facebook and recognized one of my images. Little did she know, I was published so imagine her excitement when she realized it was me!
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.