11
Mar-2007

Man with a gun in a supermarket

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I’ve been broadening my horizons and since the sun is out today, and my body clock has become accustomed to waking up at very ungodly hours of the morning, even on the weekend, my thoughts have sauntered around to thinking about [tag]documentary photography[/tag].

Checking out some sites via [tag]Technorati[/tag], I came across this [tag]photoblog[/tag] from Steve Luncker. The image that I find really interesting is the one of the man in the supermarket with the gun slung over his shoulder. Steve has great focus on the implement that draws you right in. The fact that he’s in a store is secondary. It’s also interesting to consider that the carrying of guns in that part of the world is so [tag]every day[/tag] that he is able to make the photograph.

Working where I do means I often see [tag]armed policemen[/tag] patrolling. It still jars me. It’s not that London is any less safe (in my opinion) than it has been over the past 30 years, it’s that we now feel that a show of brute force will make us ‘feel’ safer. I don’t feel any safer seeing a man with a gun. If anything the image of a man with a [tag]gun[/tag] makes me feel vulnerable. The man in the picture that I mentioned may have been a police officer in plain clothes. At least here, when strolling or patrolling, our armed officers have to be in uniform.

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