Sunday, August 9, 2009

Firemen and photographer

This is from the archives. Just after the New York Twin Towers tragedy, there was a memorial event at the US Embassy just along the road. I caught this shot of a photographer at work. I was peeking through the railings but your man had the best view. Firemen have a special place for us all and their role as rescuers gives them a hero status that is difficult to match. Now the original Hero was one of Aphrodite's priestesses. Leander, her man lived across the water and nightly he would swim across Hellespont to see her (both sets of parents objected). One stormy night Leander drowned because the light set by Hero had extinguished. Some versions feature interference by sea gods. In Marlow's unfinished poem, Hero committed suicide on seeing Leander's dead body.