Saturday, March 19, 2016

What's wrong with this picture?


I did not see it until I began working on this photo. Then I realized that one of the small lights on the grille of the ambulance is burned out.

So I didn't take the photo because of the missing light.  I took the photo because I wanted to capture the sense of urgency emitted by the vehicle as it came rushing toward us.  (I think I failed at that.)

But then I began to wonder:  if the emergency personnel don't care enough to ensure that all the lights on their vehicle are operational, dare I assume that all of their life-saving equipment is in good working order?

Hmm...

17 comments:

Linda said...

Hmmm is right! Great observation.

Kate said...

Perhaps the light just went out. We have driven our cars sometimes without knowing that one of the headlights was out 'til we sensest something was wrong. At least they didn't try to put out your lights!

Kay said...

I (hopefully) suspect they pay more attention to the gear inside than all the lights outside. I daresay they have enough of them that the one missing light is unlikely to be catastrophic. It's possible that it went out this very day. And still trying to be optimistic: wouldn't you rather they responded to you on this day than having the ambulance out of commission to replace a light?

William Kendall said...

You don't want to learn the hard way by being the patient when one medic yells, "Jerry! Who forgot to bring the respirator?"

SRQ said...

Well, let's hope the light just burned out. I'm astounded that a car actually pulled over and yielded to the ambulance. That's a rare sight nowadays.

magiceye said...

Good line of thinking!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Let's give them the benefit of the doubt Jacob, that light just popped as they sped urgently to answer the call :)

Jens Hamn said...

good question !
However, the light can be grilled a instants without staff sees it!
the problem will surely be repaired very quickly ...
contrary, I find that you have managed to convey the state of emergency on your photo!

Small City Scenes said...

I think the front lights are alternating and you caught it mid alternate--ya know.
You hung out in that barn too long and inhaled old cow fluff----LOL
MB

VP said...

It happens to see things after taking the photos...

Sharon Anck said...

Hopefully they were so busy making sure the insides worked, they missed the light.

joo said...

I want to believe that the light was OK when they had set off!

LOLfromPasa said...

Living in England, my immediate response is that everyone is on the wrong side of the road :). I definitely think you captured the urgency and I am confident that all is in working order otherwise, hopefully.

Halcyon said...

I think their life-saving equipment must be in good order!

Laura. M said...

They look good lights, it sure is already fixed.
Thanks also to you, for your comments :))
Un abrazo.

Bibi said...

Not a bad thought, but maybe they use the excuse (for their light) when stopped, "It must have just happened, officer...." I know I do....

Stefan Jansson said...

I'd rather get to the hospital in time that worry about a light that they can fix later.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson