one day at a time

day 23: night drifting

night drifting

night drifting © Verena Fischer 2011

Yesterday’s picture was again one where I was balancing my camera on the parapet of a bridge, but this time taken with my wide angle converter which explains the cut-offs on the corners. I was standing there for quite a bit to catch that train, but it was well worth it.

Last night I also had one of these very odd experiences that one sometimes has in big cities. You know, the ones where you suddenly feel compelled to say: “The bigger the city, the crazier the people”. I was trying to take a picture of one of those bars in front of which usually unemployed drunks shout at each other intermitted by raucous or shrill laughter. It was already dark and the bar was lit in lots of colourful lights which made it look almost cool. Well, almost. Outside there were a man and a woman sitting and the woman was speaking in a harsh voice of a situation that happened to her in court apparently. Let me recapitulate what she said:

“And the judge said: ‘We have reason to believe that someone hired this man to harm your ex-wife. Did you have anything to do with this?’ And I said ‘No, of course not, I wouldn’t do anything to harm her. I’d rather harm myself than her … well, unless … well, unless she fucked with me …’ And the judge was like “What?! Are you aware of what you’re saying?’ – ‘ Yeah, but … no! Don’t misunderstand me, if she’d fuck with me I’d kill her, I’d fuck her up, but see … she didn’t, so that’s that’ And like that wasn’t totally clear the judge asks me again ‘So, did you or did you not hire this man to harm your ex-wife?’ and I said ‘Listen, if I’d want to fuck her up I wouldn’t hire anyone, I’d do it myself, that’s a matter of pride!’ – ‘I’m really not sure whether you’re aware of what you’re saying, but I interpret this as a No’ – ‘Yeah, I’d swear to that, I have no fucking need to hire some dude to fuck her up …’ And the judge says: ‘So you would like to swear that you didn’t hire this man to harm your ex-wife?’ and pulls out a bible. So I swore to the fucking bible that I’d fuck her up myself and wouldn’t hire this bloke. Man, would you believe that judge didn’t get what I was saying. You understand me right?”

And while this woman was talking I was standing there trying to take a picture of this bar, trying to get the exposure just right because it was a difficult mix of light and darkness. When the woman finished her enchanting little story I had also managed to take the picture and decided that it was time to get away from these weirdos! And this wasn’t even the only weird moment of my evening!

In the end life really writes the most messed up characters. I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to …


10 responses

  1. I’ve used a few ‘urban tripods’ myself.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    • Not my first choice, but don’t have my tripod here … well, these ‘urban tripods’ help 🙂 One just has to be careful not to let the camera drop!

      September 5, 2011 at 1:04 am

  2. Trains are inherently interesting, and that glow on the horizon and the sparkle of lights really pull the whole piece together… very, very nicely done!
    Yikes! Never a dull moment, right?!

    September 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

  3. Hans

    Well, that’s certainly a wonderful picture (I like those colors, as I like autumn), and it’s a fascinating story… but it’s just that. In this country, a judge wouldn’t make anybody swear on the bible, that’s something she must have got from an American tv series.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    • Thanks 🙂 I know, I found that bit unrealistic too, although I’d totally buy the rest since that woman was a bit on the tough side … part of it must be attention seeking exaggeration though! Well, luckily 😉

      September 5, 2011 at 1:06 am

  4. crazy story…. I agree you couldn’t make it up.. 🙂 The image could’ve been a little more brighter I guess,,

    September 5, 2011 at 10:32 am

    • It’s a night shot, so if I’d up the exposure (no problem thanks to RAW) it would just look like a sunset shot with totally wrong colours thanks to the orange lights on the tracks. I also think it’s the point of night shots to have the contrast between the dark and the lights in the picture. To quote the description of a flickr night shots group: “If it’s not dark it’s not night. Simple, right?” 🙂

      September 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

  5. SaraPey

    Your shots are getting better and better every time I stop by! That’s an amazing picture 😀

    September 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

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