When I’m not working and just pottering about with daily life I do try and keep a camera close to hand. Over the last few years I have come to rely on my mobile phone to get the odd snap. For Facebook and Instagram a mobile is great.  The fact that you can take edit and send all in the palm of your hand is mind blowing.  For those occasions when a mobile will not cut the mustard I try to carry my Fuji XT10 and 18mm-135mm kit lens.  Small, light and very capable of getting you out of wishing you had your full kit when your just popping to Tesco.

Now, I’ve been taking pics for nearly 30 years and I can probably count on one hand the times I’ve come across a news story armed with only a pocket camera or phone and today was one of them.

Traveling back from Dursley having been to Clifton Cameras and the bank heading home via Selsley, I noticed some emergency vehicles parked up on the Common.  I did not stop until another one passed me and I thought I best turn round and investigate.

The rule on newspapers was never to chase less than three fire engines on a shout.  When I pulled up off the road I counted an ambulance two emergency estate cars and an emergency Land Rover Discovery, I though this could be something.

I parked up grabbed my man bag ( I’m being honest here ) and headed off in the general direction of hopefully something.  Over the brow of the hill I was met with another Land Rover and while still out of sight at this point quite a lot of paramedics.

Keeping a respectful distance I started to shoot the scene.  I have been in situations like this before while on shift with more gear and while you don’t want to interfere or cause distress we all have a roll to play and the default line is we’re all doing our jobs.

I had my shots and I backed away.

In conclusion.  I could carry a camera with me from now till the next blue moon and not come across a thing but I’d rather do that than miss something.

I was told by a reporter later that the person being attended to was not seriously injured and I hope they make a speedy recovery.

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.  Date 211116

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.
Date 211116

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.  Date 211116

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.
Date 211116