Me. In shock

POMPINO 

So, yesterday I was hit by a bus.
To save me typing it, you can hear the recording I made on my phone after I came out of the Police station. The second recording is after I’d been back to the scene and pieced together a bit more of the ‘evidence’ that I’d missed in the heat of the incident.
It’s in the same Soundcloud link below and in it, I sound a little more shocked having thought through what might of happened. (There is a little bit of potty-mouth in there, but I WAS quoting).
Me. In shock on Soundcloud.

I’m still not sure how I feel about it 24 hours on.
I’ve ridden in the city for years and have had hairy moments before. They usually happen as a result of peoples ignorance or laziness. Yesterday’s was different as the guy meant it.

What does stick with me is that it was another example of people doing things with no concept of the possible consequences. It’s like the people that drive up our (30 MPH) residential road at 60 or 70 miles an hour. Travelling at that speed, if something goes wrong (a blow-out, swerving to avoid an animal/child/cyclist, or making a spelling mistake on the text they’re writing) on a motorway might mean crossing lanes or at worst hitting a barrier. On our street, it means their car ending up in our front room.
The guy driving the bus yesterday was ‘teaching me a lesson’. It was afterall, his ‘f—ing road’ and sure, driving his double-decker into me certainly got my attention. In his mind, he believed the situation was under control and he knew what he was doing.
I can only hope that the witnesses, the Police and the bus company would have taken the incident seriously if I hadn’t been able to tell anyone what happened.

Pinhole
I was riding in to town for the opening of the Leicester Lo-Fi Photography group‘s exhibition at the Leicester People’s Photographic Gallery. It was a chance to see the work of a group of enthusiasts for lo-fi photography in all its forms, from fairly standard 35mm film photography through pinholes, sun prints and even an Afghan Box Camera.
They also had plenty of kit to have a go with. You could build your own pinhole camera or use one of their ‘birdbox’ models.
My Pompino has been photographed on all sorts of cameras and in all situations. Above is my first attempt at pinhole photography and developing. It had to be a picture of my Pomp. 2 minutes and 20 seconds exposure, another 5 minutes swilling the paper in various darkroom tanks then scanning into digital form. Certainly not a ‘snap’, but I love the results all the same and plan to build a pinhole box camera soon. 
The Afghan box camera was amazing. The developing is done manually within the camera in two lunchbox sized tanks. The world largest instant? You can read about the project and the history here: afghanboxcamera.com
Here’s my portrait taken on it.
kamra-e-faoree

2 thoughts on “Me. In shock

  1. That's just terrible. Hope you're OK, and that the law punishes that aggressive driver appropriately. I usually mention that after something like that, it makes sense to go get checked out by a doctor regardless of immediate post-accident evaluation, since accident injuries can take 24-48 hours to become painfully apparent after the shock and adrenaline taper off.

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