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Leap of Faith

By Hop-A-Long  
Another day out with friends and we went to Middlesborough. We came to the transporter bridge with the intention of crossing it, sadly it was closed, actually not sadly otherwise I wouldn't have got this shot.
Anyway, there were some loopy loons jumping off the top with a bit of string attached to their ankles.
I hate heights, no correction, I am absolutely terrified beyond anything and everything of heights. You wouldn't think it when I am 6foot 5inches tall, but then having said that whatever the height is that I am at you have to add around 6foot 2inches, that's where my eyes are.
I used to work in Birmingham delivering office equipment to erm, offices. Well, some of the deliveries were to highrise buildings within the city centre. I always remember someone said you could combat your fear by facing it head on. I would like to meet that person and inform them how wrong they are. Whilst delivering to the tall buildings I used to go into the stairwell and look down over the bannister, stupid idea as everytime I would feel rather ill and quite scarily get the urge to jump. Don't ask me why, I just did and still do. Apparently this is vertigo which I suffer from.
During my time doing the foundation degree we had to photograph a colour project using the colour to enhance the meaning of the images taken. My idea was phobias and I would use the colour by oversaturating the images which would then represent the overexaggeration of a situation that a phobia causes.
One of the phobiuas I chose was Acrophobia, which of course is the fear of heights. "Here I go again stupidly confronting my fear" I thought. So, off to a high building I went. I decided upon a car park, that way I could drive to the roof, photograph over the wall and then back into the car and drive away.
I arrived on the roof, camera ready on the passenger seat with a wide angle lens to exaggerate the height even further. Deep breath, out the car to the edge, look over, err nope, hold camera at arms length over the edge and shoot. The shot was rubbish, try again, rubbish. What started out as an idea to quicken the process ended up taking me ages, in fact around 20 shots were taken to get it right and even then viewing the preview on screen was making me feel a little queezy.
It was then I felt a presence behind me, I turned around and there was a security guard walking rather briskly towards me. He was not looking to impressed, I think I had disturbed his tea break. It turns out someone had complained I was standing and acting in a weird manner by the edge of the roof top car park, he had then watched me for a short while on CCTV and had increasingly grown concerned for my wellbeing. As he talked to me I suddenly realised he thought I was about to do something stupid, he was saying things such as "Would you not prefer to be on the ground floor sir" and "Could you please step away from the edge", I eventually got the hint, I'm pretty quick at picking up on things like that especially when his voice was warbling and he was shaking in a nervous manner, maybe he was afraid of heights too, or perhaps he has Andyphobia and has an overwhelming fear of me personally.
When I tried to explain what I was doing he actually looked at me with even more worry in his eyes, picked up his radio and called for backup which I hasten to add arrived in the form of a female security guard. She was very pleasant and instantly got what it was I was trying to achieve, either that or she just wanted me off the roof quickly and her thoughts were that if she agreed with me I would leave quicker.
It ended with me being asked to leave the carpark and the advice that if I were to return perhaps I should try one of the lower levels such as the ground floor. I was also informed there would be no charge and I was to head straight for the barrier where another guard would let me out.
I wonder if that would work after doing my shopping, return to the car on the roof, take a few photographs over the side and get free parking just so they can get rid of me.
Anyway, the photograph was captured and it worked very well, my lecturer loved it and I got top marks. It was all worth it in the end, even if I do get some weird looks from security when I enter the carpark now and head for the ramp to go up.

I hope you like it, any comments are always welcome.

Tags: Scary Bridge Architecture People College Jump Height Transporter Middlesborough Bungie

Voters: Silverzone, mikbee, CarolG and 10 more

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Silverzone 10 2 England
21 Dec 2011 2:32PM
Great shot. Enjoyed the blog. Sylvia

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mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
21 Dec 2011 2:34PM
You are like a bus Andy,
no sign for ages and then two come along at once !!
Good work here,
but for someone who has just turned sixty and gets dizzy sitting on a high stool at the bar,
it don't half make me feel queesy !!
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
21 Dec 2011 2:35PM
Another cracking story, Andy, and a super image of a fool about to jump Smile Carol
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
21 Dec 2011 4:06PM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family xx
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1766 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2011 4:43PM
I am increasingly of the opinion that the world is divided into two camps. Photographers, who are of course entirely sane; and the rest, the people who are daft enough to be security guards or bungee jumpers.
This is brilliant. Scary, but brilliant.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2011 6:56PM
An admirable choice, Andy - I mean, staying on the ground while the inverse of your phobia leaps towards you from above. The amazing thing is that you kept your eyes open long enough to catch him falling before you ducked - which is what I would have done Smile
Your own daring lies in this exceptional composition.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
21 Dec 2011 8:55PM
I enjoyed both the image and narrative Andy, good to see you posting again, I don't like heights either
franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2011 7:46AM

Quote:I enjoyed both the image and narrative Andy, good to see you posting again, I don't like heights either

Not keen on heights myself.

A merry Christmas and a happy new year to to you.


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