Ethics and Being in Strange Situations

Society has a strange outlook on people with cameras. Ive noticed when I arrive to situations that are not really okay in societies eyes, mainly breaking news, that as soon as I pull out my camera to document what is taking place, I am branded as a weirdo or sick for snapping away at these scenes. 

This brings me to this women that was right outside of our newsroom. We had just had a staff meeting and one of our reporters exits the building then moments later busts back inside. He says that Albuquerque Police is outside and there is a girl laying on the ground. Immediately from what we heard our news editor grabbed his notebook and I my camera. 

Exiting the doors we saw a women probably in her mid twenties sprawled outside ripping her clothes off. I was shocked at first to be seeing something like this but i took a look around and so was everyone else. So my first instinct was to get in close, so I did. As soon as I took a couple of steps forward I had Police officers calling me sick and not having any decency because I was taking photos. At the moment I knew I was perfectly in my right so I kept shooting away. 

The whole campus at that location was at a stand still. Ambulances and squad cars bottle necked bus traffic, creating mass amounts of foot traffic. 

I return to the newsroom and start thinking, "what if this girl is a student?" All of these possibilites started rattling through my brain, the words that the police officer barked at me. Its strange because during the moment I un plugged myself from emotion and focused on the job at hand but after it was a different story. 

We decided the story didnt have much news appeal other then how strange it was and the information of the women was not released to us so we sat on the story. Looking back I run into this photo of her and it makes me realize the importance of focusing on the task at hand and acting as professional as possible during ethically strange situations.