Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act

Stood high up on the corner of a building, watching as the city moves quietly below is a great sensation, and a huge contrast to the regular daytime where you are pushing your way through the hoards of people fighting for space on the streets or public transport.

It’s peaceful up there, alone with your thoughts and the heightened senses that comes with standing in a location where you know in your mind you should be safe, it is just standing still after all – something you do every day, but with the knowledge that if something were to happen it would not end well.

I fainted on the tube once, many years ago. I wasn’t sick, hand’t been drinking the night before, and was just on my way to work. It wasn’t blistering heat or anything like that…for some reason I just fainted. One minute standing up, the next feeling I was in bed and trapped in my duvet, and the next realising I was on the tube. I was sick for three days after that but the doctors didn’t find anything wrong with me.

It’s that thought I come back to often when stood on the edge. I’m confident in my ability to stand, to hold, to climb. I’m not confident that the sudden blackness that I encountered many years ago won’t return for some unknown reason.

On this particular trip, as I stood on a similar outcropping section of an incomplete building, concentrating on standing, willing myself to breathe and with my thoughts on that day that I fainted I was suddenly brought back to reality by a shout of ‘Oi…Police’ and the shining of a torch in my eyes. Not the best place to be stood when someone startles you. Unable to see anything but the torchlight on one side and a 20 storey drop to the other I walked sheepishly towards the light, happy that there wasn’t a bounding police dog to go with that shout, but sad that this particular trip should end so soon after it started.

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11 Responses to Caught in the Act

  1. Jim Denham says:

    Wow, what a background story to a wonderful image! Good stuff Mike – we should all practice standing and breathing sometimes!

  2. Edith Levy says:

    Really great image. You are a brave man.

  3. LensScaper says:

    enjoyed the read – what a fantastic viewpoint, I wouldn’t want to be up there in a wind! I love the curl of the lights of a boat in the left midground

  4. A.Barlow says:

    Yikes! That gives me the shivers just looking at how close you are!

  5. Mesmerizing and dramatic, to say the very least! What a GREAT photograph!

  6. Jimmy Hawk says:

    I am ipressed from your work, the picture is amazingle taken, love the background, thanks for sharing.

  7. Scott Wood says:

    I love this. You can use your imagination to see him either looking down on the city to protect it, or to see where he want’s to reek havoc.

  8. Paul Clarke says:

    LOVING your work – but man, you would not get me up on those roofs!!

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  10. Nick Burrett says:

    Great shot! Reminds me of Assassins Creed 😉