After a photographer shot the chilling photo of a man stranded on subway tracks many have asked why he used his flash to try and alert the train, instead of jumping to his rescue.
Chad Lindsey did just that. In 2009 Lindsey saw a man fall onto the subway tracks and jumped down to save him.
Chad Lindsey describes himself as a trained dancer and actor, so when the man fell he jumped down to help him because he was 'trained to catch someone when they fall,' and that this instance is different because this was a photographer, trained to take pictures, "its not our job to judge his actions, its our job to control our own."
He explains how quickly you need to act in that moment: "People have different reflexes and you don't know what they are until you are tested." Lindsey points out, "We don’t know what happened, that is a still shot, how do you know how far away he was?"
Lindsey notes that our culture now is not always focused on experiencing these kinds of moments as they happen. He says, "There were lots of people on that platform, and there were lots of people on the platform when I was in the same situation, and a lot of them backed up against the wall or ran for the station door, and our culture is obsessed with proving we were there…" He says, “we need to decide as Americans, as human beings, whether we are going to be in a moment, or whether we are going to take a picture of it. “
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