Rapid response

Labour_day_Luaka_2016In May 2016 I wrote about Labour Day in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. If you missed the posts and would like to catch up, follow the links to Labour Day : Part 1 and Part 2.

I’m now fully at home in Zambia, but the police uniforms still fascinate me – they’re so much more stylish than those worn by the British police. Whoever heard of a British policeman supervising traffic, wearing a pair of white gloves?

So there I was, at the junction of Burma Road and Independence Avenue, hoping for some action. With the mosque in the background and a policeman standing there, hands behind his back, I was hoping for a marching band to arrive and complete my picture.

Instead I got a patrol car from Magnum Security. As I snapped away, it felt as though the composition worked – but I hadn’t bargained for the writing on the side of the car. When I reviewed my pictures that evening, this one made me laugh out loud. Rapid response? With the motion of the car frozen and the policeman looking so calm and relaxed, nothing felt further from the truth.

To be fair, the car was travelling at a snail’s pace, as part of the Labour Day parade. Called to an emergency, I’m sure it would have got there on time.

If there’s a lesson to be learnt from this tale, it’s the need to to be open minded. When you go out with your camera in search of pictures, it’s good to have a plan. But don’t let your plan be set in stone. If I’d been determined to wait for a marching band to complete my picture, I’d have missed this opportunity.

If you’d like to share your experience of street photography – positive or negative – please leave a comment.

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