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Improvised explosives found at Stubbins house

By philtaylorphoto  
6 November 2019. William Street, Stubbins, Ramsbottom, Lancashire. The street, and surrounding houses were evacuated after police made a pre planned raid investigating the possibility that improvised explosive deviceswere being made. Three people have been arrested. Royal Logistics soldiers are seen removing items from the house. P

Tags: Photo journalism Explosives Bomb disposal

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philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
10 Nov 2019 5:01PM
An uncanny likeness

Yep, before the comments gang get to it, yes it is grainy, possibly a bit unsharp, but just look at the ISO to get it! Of course, as they are bomb disposal staff, so they need to preserve their anonimity whilst on active service, hence the pixelation.

Of course, I coluld have used flash, but that might have been a bit distracting, and made my presence obvious, and there's always the problem of flashback from reflective coverings on police jackets and vehicles. I also had to work as fast as possible, the initial set of pictures was up in 10 minutes of arriving, and 20 minuts later, this was in the bag, on the wire, and on the way to the chippy.

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
10 Nov 2019 5:49PM
I think the great thing about your posts here on EPZ, Phil, is that it forces us to consider 'photography' beyond pretty pictures. A weird concept for soem amateurs (and indeed soem pros).

Also, like McCullin in the Sixties, confronting people with the realities of the times they live in.

Somehow, much media coverage allows things to slide into the conventional, spun story.

This is gritty, mudnane, nasty, and taking its toll on the officers and soldiers involved - and, I recognise, on you.

May Heaven preserve us all...
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
10 Nov 2019 6:29PM
Here's the story

Not quite sure what was going on, as the police said it wasn't terrorism related'. The people who suffered most here were the resints who were disturbed, especially the old gent who had to be evacuated, and was pictured walking with a stick with difficulty.

I recently gave a talk to a Liverpool Camera Club. As yo say, I think my work was a bit alien to many of the members. Even gentle feature work was a bit outside the sphere that they moved in.

As you say, not everyone 'gets it'. A local keen amateur has started supplying another local paper. It's fallen to me to mentor him. Today he did his first Remembrance Parade. My briefing to him was, if you see emotion, tears etc capture it, don't just tell me about it. He came up with the goods (I didn't today), an old lady, and a child sobbing. Often it's very removed from what you see here.
cats_123 Plus
16 4.9k 30 Northern Ireland
10 Nov 2019 7:26PM
Fine photo journalism...

A quick reverse search shows that all the main news channels picked this up...perhaps more extraordinary is that BBC news relies on a few obscure, almost unrelated, images "lifted" from Google.... earning a crust must get really hard!

Thanks for sharing your skills and style of images that we rarely get to see here on Epz.😀

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