Today is the World Day of Remembrance for traffic crash victims, a yearly event dedicated to remembering the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.
This year, GRSP has chosen to share a project developed by Inspector John Robinson, a police officer who worked on the New Zealand Police Highway Patrol. During his service John embarked in a long-term photography project to raise awareness of road trauma.
This project became an exhibition, Cross Roads. These are the words John used to describe his photographic work:
“I travelled extensively around Canterbury, and for a period of 10 months I took more than 450 photographs of white crosses. […] It is an exhibition about the sad reality of our beautiful country, lined with tragic reminders of friends and family who have been killed on our roads. […] Many of the crosses are tended and cherished, some are neglected, but none are forgotten. […] The road toll affects us all. We have all lost people we know through road collisions, the hurt, the grief and the sad anniversaries last for ever.”.
Please, see here a selection of photographs from the exhibition, kindly offered by Inspector John Robinson.