One of the great things about being a photographer is the variation of the work, the many people I meet and the requirement to keep trying new subjects and the challenges they place on me.
I can see no point sitting still and so over the past 2 weeks I have photographed a couple getting engaged (over a roulette table), a club bar, more live music, a royal film performance and some demonstrations. Each subject challenges in different ways.
With the couple, it was taking a nice happy portrait, showing the casino surroundings without taking so long as to intrude into their evening. With the bar it was dealing with very difficult highly coloured light. Live music is also about dealing with light; rapidly changing light. The two jobs i will go into more detail are the demonstrations and the Royal Film Performance.
The most recent demonstration I covered was the “Time To Go” demonstration, campaigning for the withdrawal of our troops. This was a nice peaceful march ending at Trafalgar Square. Of course, as a photographer I need to ensure the images I capture accurately reflect the event in total, capturing not only the overall atmosphere but also focussing on individuals that sum up the mood. Which images are actually used is down to the picture desk and newspapers. As always I looked for not only the obvious but also the not so obvious. The interaction between the surrounding public and the march itself fascinates me and whilst walking up whitehall I noticed these people watching the march from the comfort of a coffee shop.
The problems faced at the Royal Film Performance were totally different; with marches I am always on the move, almost hunting photographs whilst at an event such as a film premiere, photographers are allocated an area and then we choose the best spot within.
For this event there were a number of things consider which included the weather, the background and the arrival of The Queen. With thick snow and wind, I felt that the weather would be an overriding factor as wind blowing snow onto the face of the lens is very difficult to overcome.
Snow also presents another problem; light reflects off the flakes and using on-camera flash produces uneven results in these conditions. Luckily there was enough ambient lighting to not use the flash but leave some snow visible (as I thought it an important part of the atmosphere of the event).