The Deck – Week 39

I took photos on three days of the last week (from last Friday to this Thursday) but most of it is not worth even processing.  The day that I took this photograph was eventful, so I will mention some of that after I put the photograph up.  I was going to just put the photo up and leave the rest of the story out, but many people are expecting the story, so I will put some of it up.

The photograph is one of those Sunsets where the area around the sun is now warming up (so to speak) and the remainder of the sky is a cooler blue.

Kingston seashore, Georgetown Guyana. 5:37pm, September 28, 2010

Nikhil and I were out on the Kingston seashore photographing driftwood, waves, and whatever else caught our eye, including the setting sun and the resulting effects in the sky.  Approximately 10 minutes after I took this photograph, we were back on the Promenade area around the area by the “Roundhouse”, there are usually some homeless men living in the Roundhouse.  We were looking in that area for other things to photograph when we noticed that the sunset had changed to a much more orange and red cast and decided that we would return to the end of the promenade to photograph it.  Just about this time two young men on bicycled passed us and stopped their cycles on at the end of the Roundhouse and disappeared behind the wall there.  As we approached the end to photographed the sunset, we noticed that they were urinating and we naturally averted our gaze and concentrated on the sunset.

We were focused on the scene before us when they finished their business and walked behind us towards their bicycles, the next thing I knew I was falling to the ground and being attacked about my body by one of the men who now had a piece of wood in his hand.  We were being robbed.  My spectacles had fallen off  and I could barely make out the man now shouting at me and hitting me, I told him to stop hitting and just  take whatever it was he wanted, we were not going to fight them.  It seemed he didn’t believe me and shouted to his companion to throw the gun.  I repeated myself and seemed to get through to him, he searched my pants pockets and took all my cash and my cellular phone.  He threw my wallet and licence on the ground and demanded that I not get up and try to follow them.

Nikhil helped me to my feet and also to find my spectacles, I really am useless without them.  Some of the homeless men were returning to the Roundhouse after their evening bath in the sea and were shocked that in the short space of time that they had gone, we were attacked and robbed.  Of course, we then called for help using the cellular phone that I had in my shirt pocket which they missed, we went to the Police and now one of them men has been captured.  I learnt from NIkhil that although he was not assaulted with a piece of wood, the man who robbed him had a pistol.  Amazingly, I still had my camera, but Nikhil’s camera was gone.

Fortuitously, one of the photographs I had taken earlier had captured the two men when they had passed us, that photograph assisted the police to identify the men and thus far apprehend one of them.

We are both fortunate to be alive.  I have always been told by people wiser than myself that in a robbery, do not be a hero!  Give them what they want and live.  Some of that advice must have sunk in since that is what I did after the initial resistance.  Of course, a few blows to the back of the head and neck puts one in a more submissive mood.

The photograph may not be great, but it certainly is not the last Sunset that I have seen.