August 8, 2008

Men in black

I just had to ask the bomb squad from yesterday's post if I could take their picture. Only these two men agreed. One completely turned his back on me and another ignored me, and they're the ones off to the side of the picture (I didn't want to crop them out). A fifth came up beside me and said that his 'sweetheart' might not like it. I only took one shot because I didn't want to impose too much. The older man asked me what newspaper I was working for. Ah! Now that explains why the others were camera shy. I told him that it was only for me, and he gave me a huge grin—of relief, I think. Among all the policemen and soldiers I've seen in Metro Manila, I like the bomb squad's uniform best.

bomb squad

11 comments:

ken mac said...

Kudos for your boldness. These guys look like they mean business, but they also look friendly.

Layrayski said...

I get that sometimes-- being mistaken as a journalist or something.

Okay, I reread your previous post and I saw that you wrote that someone actually threw a bomb? Really? Did it explode? I thought there was only a threat.

Boise Diva said...

The uniforms make them look a little imposing, like really tough guys. And I guess it's a tough job.

Olivier said...

pas facile de prendre en photos des policiers (ou pompiers). En France, normalement c'est interdit, il faut demander une autorisation écrite. tu as fait un beau portrait, j'espère que tu pourras leur donner.

not easy to take pictures of police officers (and firefighters). In France, is normally prohibited, we must seek written permission. you did a beautiful portrait, I hope you can give them.

Saretta said...

Those bomb squad guys have to be really brave...and so were you to ask to take their picture. Go Hilda!

Laurie said...

This is such a great shot of these officers. I can't believe you had the composure to take the picture. Was there really a bomb?

ken mac said...

Someone threw a bomb? Wha! be careful Hilda!

marley said...

Glad two of them were up for a snap. Hope you don't have to see them again too soon! Its a dangerous world out there!

metromanila said...

i agree with the best uniform comment. i actually thought about joining the squad. and get the cute bomb detecting dogs as well.

USelaine said...

Everything you describe tells me they wanted you to think they took your attention as flirting! Ah, well, you made their day especially when you just wanted the photos "for yourself" - wink, wink! LOL!

It sounds like no one was hurt, so that's good.

Kitty said...

bomb squad?! yikes.
I'm wondering why it seems all bomb squad workers are male? What's that all about?

nice photo!