Killer Roadside Photography
Friday 27 October 2017 — Category: Miscellaneous
In the past I have written a few articles about the dangerous, and even deadly, hobby of photography. In them I recounted incidents like a photographer hit by an airplane, a photographer killed by a grizzly, and two separate incidents within two days of photographers falling and dying.
It has been about two and a half years since I last wrote on this somber subject. But this week I heard about yet another tragic photographic death.
A 61 year old man was taking photos by the side of Oregon Route 42 near Camas Valley when a passing vehicle went out of control, struck the photographer and killed him. How’s that for random and weird?
I have taken plenty of photos from the side of a highway and never really felt in danger. But there was one time when I walked along the steep section of West Burnside Street that winds through a narrow gorge from Mt. Calvary Cemetery to downtown Portland, Oregon.
In hindsight it was a foolish, dangerous undertaking. There is NO sidewalk along this stretch, and there was a lot of fast-moving traffic just a couple of feet away from me.
Well, I did’t know ahead of time what I was getting myself into, and I was very determined to walk the entire length of Burnside Street between Portland’s city limits. I would definitely discourage anyone from following in my footsteps. I’m lucky I did’t end up in that mountaintop cemetery!