We hate to bring you stories of tragedy but, when they involve photography, we often do so because it contains a teaching moment about how we all need to be aware of our surroundings and exercise caution when taking pictures.
It’s worth repeating because, as many of us do, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and that’s when you’re likely to make a mistake.
A 31-year-old woman in Kazakhstan, Olesia Suspitsina, went on a hike in Antalya, Turkey’s Duden Park with some friends.
As one friend explained to the press, “We came to the park in the evening, we drank wine…Then we were talking to a friend with a video. When Olesia was talking on video, she asked me to take a picture of herself.”
Olesia then climbed over a safety railing to, we assume, get a picture without it obscuring the shot. It was at this moment that she slipped and fell 115 feet to her death which was ruled an accident by the Antalya Forensic Medicine Institute. It is also being reported that Olesia had worked in the area as a tour guide for some five years. Too Fab says that her body will be returned to Kazakhstan where she will be buried in her hometown.
Of course, for those of you who have been with us on this blog for a while, these tragedies seem to be more common than the general public might be aware. Whether it is shooting where you shouldn’t be or crossing over safety barriers, please be careful out there, folks.
How do you think public venues can help prevent these kinds of tragedies outside of barriers? Let us know what you think they can do to help prevent someone from having an accident in the comments section below.
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