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The Golden Gate Bridge is a frequent site for suicide. After a fall of approximately four seconds jumpers hit the water at 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), which is nearly always fatal.

An official suicide count was kept, sorted according to which of the bridge's 128 lamp posts the jumper was nearest to when he or she jumped. The count exceeded 1,200 when the count ended in 2005, and new suicides were averaging one every two weeks. There were 34 bridge jump suicides in 2006 whose bodies were recovered, in addition to four jumps which were witnessed but whose bodies were never recovered, and several bodies recovered suspected to be from bridge jumps. The California Highway Patrol removed seventy apparently suicidal people from the bridge that year. Currently, it is said that a person jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge every 15 days.

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Title:Golden Gate (7)
Username:TyChee TyChee
Uploaded:6 Mar 2008 - 12:04 AM
Tags:Architecture, Bridge, Golden gate, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, San francisco
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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 12:13 AM

What a fabulous destination for a photographic essay! You have included everything from the widest panorama to the minutest detail. Excellent work.
Bill

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michael366
6 Mar 2008 - 12:13 AM

Great close-up of light and barbed wire.


Michael

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1018 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 12:14 AM

I like the combination of statistics, razor wire and a tiny beacon of light. Oh, and an excellent picture.
Moira

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 1:20 AM

Good images to go with your text.Suicides are a problem on the railway too.What is not generally realised is the drivers life is ''over'' too.I have worked in the railway for 7 years.Of the dozens of suicides that have occurred,not one driver has returned to work,due to the shock and trauma.A good bit of photo journalism here Ty.
Mick.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
6 Mar 2008 - 6:38 AM

Harsh numbers but a lovely upload especially the DOF on #1

Peter

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User_Removed Junior Member 8 England16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 8:02 AM

Excellent series and interesting reportage
Andrew

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
6 Mar 2008 - 10:16 AM

Top work again Ty.

Ian

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 12:22 PM

Very sobering statistics. Your v1 seems to echo the dispair they must feel. Excellent work.

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Grim1
Grim1  749 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 - 12:58 PM

Very chilling detail. Thanks for posting.

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Snapper_T
Snapper_T e2 Member 10848 forum postsSnapper_T vcard United Kingdom
6 Mar 2008 - 5:40 PM

You always produce an interesting series of photo's Ty. This one included!

Trev

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BrillacFr
BrillacFr  6
6 Mar 2008 - 6:08 PM

What a fabulous shot, everything about it is perfect.......a very sobering tale to go with it though
Charlotte

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 8:59 PM

I think Bill has expressed things as eloquently as is possible - this is a fascinating, if sad end (?) to a great sequence of images Ty.

One day perhaps I will visit!

Mike

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2008 - 12:48 AM

Interesting statistics together with some nice exposures. Pleased to give you the 30th cl.
Brian

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2008 - 11:55 AM

More great photos! Interesting, and sad to hear the latest statistics too.
Roger

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 8RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2008 - 4:16 PM

You're right about the 'nearly always fatal', Ty. There are a number of survivors and studies have been done about them to learn about suicide. good to see the smaller details of this bridge.

David

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2008 - 9:45 PM

Sad statistics,
Jo

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JohnH37
JohnH37  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2008 - 10:48 PM

Interesting photos and description.
-John

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Skye24Blue
10 Mar 2008 - 1:31 PM

All great shots, Ty. I think they need to vary the placement of the sign in #3.
Mac x

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A Booth
A Booth e2 Member 12A Booth vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2008 - 2:07 PM

good use of the light - good detail.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2008 - 3:30 PM

Good grief...4 seconds! That's a long drop, man. Good shots and thanks for the info.

A.

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sugarbird
sugarbird  10223 forum posts South Africa
25 Mar 2008 - 3:50 AM

Such a good composition!!!
regards
Jill

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