There was an apartment fire on ScalabriniOrtiz in the Palermo barrio of Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
On the 7th floor, black smoke was stampeding through the balcony doors. Two firefighters on the hook-and-ladder cherry picker were spraying water into the apartment while inside two little girls were being rescued.
After I got the obligatory shots of firemen, hoses and ambulance drivers, I turned the lens on the crowd behind me.
These two men were staring at the chaos. I don’t know what they were thinking; there’s no way to know what was going through their minds at the moment.
But the fixed stares, the intensity of their gaze forced me to focus on them and squeeze the shutter.
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