Caption: Jordanian police guard the shattered entrance to the Grand Hyatt hotel in Amman, Jordan approximately an hour after a suicide bomb was detonated in a restaurant at the rear of the main lobby.

I had heard about the bombing one hour after it happened and rushed to grab my equipment and get to the Hyatt, which is about a 10 minute run from my apartment. At this point army and police personnel has blocked off an area of about two blocks surrounding the hotel. I needed to get closer to get photographs, so I took a back alley that led to the rear of the hotel and found few authorities there.
At this point I made my way around to the front and was blocked by a number of heavily armed officers. My heart was racing by now because of my disregard for the law in order to get closer, and I was worried they may arrest me or worse take my equipment.
In the chaos that continued I made my way close to the entrance of the hotel and made a few photographs before being noticed and removed. Annah had called me at this point and told me to be aware that the news reported the police were taking the film or digital cards of photographers. Luckily, after playing innocent, I was told to leave and was just sent on my way. So, I kept my distance.
Looking back on the night and my images, I realize the photographs were very reactive and impersonal. They showed my fear.

Posted November 14th, 2005 in Uncategorized.

One comment:

  1. Bekah:

    Jim–While this picture might show fear, the pictures on your website put the whole ordeal in a very personal light, especiall the one of the shoe and the cake and the flowers. What happened is so the opposite of what was happening–beginning a life of committed love versus ending life. Your pictures are inspiring and moving and don’t allow us to just move on with our lives.

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