Process

 

Where to stand, where’s the sun? That angle is better but this one means no glare. I can’t get the reactions of the people waiting for her, but I can see her face clearly. When to click?  She’s out the car, now? No, wait for an extended arm, a smile, and open mouth. Damn another photographer in the shot, move one step to the right, there it is, there it is.

It’s dark I need a wide F-stop no not too wide those two aren’t on the same plain and they need to be in focus, now they aren’t lit, why? it’s my body in front of them blocking the light so move and lean the camera in with one hand. Now? No, they’re going to get closer I know it, there’s a hand it’s moving round the back of her head but what’s pushing me? There’s a lot of people here, get firm, stand your ground, there it is, there it is.

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Here they come, I’m too close I need to be back, way back and zoom because that background is going to blur out beautifully so run, run but who’s that guy waving? No, he’s not waving, he’s filming and I’m in his way. Quick wave and a smile, we all need to get along and maybe I’ve got a shot he missed and he’s got one I missed, never know when you need a favour. In place, down on one knee, steady the breathing here they are but someone’s going to raise an arm or cry out wait for that wait for that, there it is, there it is.

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Nathan Guy, Mr. Guy, Sir, what did I call him just before and did he mind? How to show him here? The other photographers are all up front and close zoom lenses trained up his nose. What do they know, are they right? No this needs context, this needs a speaker and his audience otherwise he could be anywhere so get back get back but quietly kick those shoes off they’re too loud and people are looking. Line him up, line the crowd up, ignore that kid next to you laughing at the sweat falling into your eyes. Will he look up? Find his rhythm don’t get him on the eye close when he makes the big points, hold,hold there it is.

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Show it all, show it all every part of this picture must be a sentence in a wider story. What’s the edges? Use the girl and the sailor and wait, surely he will do something an action a movement which says what today is about. Click, click the others are done and back in position, am I pissing people off? This isn’t about me but the shot hasn’t happened yet, here he comes, stretching down, touching the names, there it is, there it is.

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Here come the flags, look for a face? everyone is sombre and composed, but no, get it all in. Get the college name in? Okay go there no no, that wide angle when not straight on does no favours to the scene so back, back to the first spot but it won’t fit, the tops of the flags wont fit and they are needed to make the shot. Get on your back, what’s that? It’s her shoes, apologise she’s the most important person in the country but hold the spot take a breathe to steady and there it is, there it is.

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