It’s happened to us all, right? You just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but you also happen to be blessed enough to be able to get away with in the nick of time.
I was doing my run-sploration of downtown Bordeaux when I whipped around the corner of one small street and heard yelling and loud chanting. I’d stumbled upon a protest.
And then I saw the lady in the left foreground. You can’t see it from this angle, but she had a tear gas grenade launcher slung over her shoulder in a relaxed but ready position. But from the rest of her gear, you can tell that she’s a Gendarme (French police officer).
I had my iPhone SE with me as I always do and managed to snap this photo with the Lightroom app as the crowd began to move towards the officer. I took that as my cue to leave the area.
I don’t know if they were part of the Yellow Vest protest or something else. You can see a flag in the upper right. It’s a white flag, but I’m not sure what it represents. Either way, I didn’t want to stick around.
There was a huge police presence that day in Bordeaux, and the following day, I did notice a military presence at several of the historical sites. I really feel for the French people, having had to deal with destructive protests and terror attacks. But they still strive on, living from day to day.
I went with the black and white conversion for this shot because I felt that it needed a journalistic feel to it.