Out on my lunchtime walk, on Mumby Road I saw this lorry negotiating its way out of an incredibly tight turn at really awkward place.
What is difficult to see toward the front offside of the lorry is a large mobile bin in front of a telecoms box which the lorry has to negotiate past.
Consider the fact that the lorry got in to the awkward place, it must be possible to get out. I’m taken back to my first full time job, I recall watching lorries hauling 40 foot containers. They would pull up at our gates, look at them and then position them selves, they would then reverse in, with I think less than 6 inches on either side of the lorry. It was just the utter skill in the action that seriously impressed me.
I recently finished reading a book; The Book of Gosport. There were a lot of pictures from 1850ish onwards at the height of the Victorian era. The way people posed was partly due to the time it took to take a photo, which sometimes could be on the order of minutes if not seconds.
I don’t think I’ve caught the “celebration of skill” of the driver or the nervousness of the chap guiding the lorry – it was a busy road, but it is my first picture in the project. Let’s see how I can improve things.
I’ve often spoken here about my interest in Street photography, and I think I have even spoken about my desire to recreate the Victorian pictures. I don’t think it would be unreasonable to have a project of “People at work” in black and white of course. It won’t be Victorian pictures, but I am ok with that.