Reportage

Armistice 2017 Photograph:Richard Bishop

Every city, town, village and hamlet in the country staged their own Remembrance Sunday services recently marking 100 years since end of first world war in which millions of military personnel and civilians were killed and countless others were maimed, wounded or emotionally destroyed.

The press photographer has to come away with an image which illustrates or makes a statement about the occasion. Being unobtrusive is key so a telephoto lens is important, as is the choice of viewpoint at which you remain. The long lens (80mm – 200mm), is ideal. It also gives a shallow depth of field which throws the background out of focus easily on a close-up. Although fill-in flash is useful outside it would be invasive on this occasion.

Don’t take dozens of images in the hope of getting a good one. Instead, wait until you see the right opportunity and capture the decisive moment as Henri Cartier-Bresson described it. He, as well as other advocates of the DM concept, believed the attempt to capture such moments is the essence of photography. He was right; you should apply this technique to all your photography.

I’m not offering the images below as outstanding… one is just my perception of wreath-layer George Hunt (King Shropshire Light Infantry 1st Battalion), pausing for private reflection and the other is my take on representation.

Richard Bishop

Armistice 2017 Photograph:Richard Bishop
Armistice 2017 Photograph:Richard Bishop
Photograph:Richard Bishop
Armistice 2018 Photograph:Richard Bishop