There is a saying - no guts, no glory. There's another one that goes something like - don't be an idiot!
I was taking sunrise shots of the Sea Link in Mumbai when I spotted a man who had jumped the barricade and accessed the cliff seen here in the foreground. He had noticed me taking shots and thought it would be cool to have his photo taken at the crumbling ledge of a 40 foot drop. I muttered to myself and took the shot.
Death by photo has got to be one of the stupidest ways to die. Fortunately, this man didn't die on that March 17th morning in 2017, when I was shooting Day 70 of my #3StrangersAday project. But I can't vouch for his days since.
I was later roaming around on the grounds above Bandra Fort where this guy had previously posed. I ran into one of the members of the society whose responsibility it was to upkeep the place. He told me that there had been several deaths at this spot. Visitors here will see the posted danger signs. But as I've witnessed in many other locales in Mumbai, signs almost always go unheeded, especially when it comes to taking selfies in dangerous spots.
It's worth noting that researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi found that between March 2014 and September 2016 that of the 127 reported deaths by selfie, 76 occurred in India alone - the most in the world.