VE Day Through The Lens

To mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day there were three days of commemorative events held in London. As an RAF Photographer stationed at RAF Marham, the chance to be involved in events in the capital do not come about very often, so when the opportunity was given, I made sure my name was on the list.

I was in a team of eleven military photographers that covered the events over the course of the weekend. To gain as much information as possible for the job; I arrived in London on Saturday 9th May, and met at Horse Guards Media Office. Sgt Ross Tilly, an RAF Photographer based at MoD Whitehall, gave us a walk round and recce of the service and parade that would be taking place on the Sunday.

I was fortunate enough to be positioned in the media pen outside Westminster Abbey. This involved being shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s top media photographers and cameramen. My role was to capture images of members of the Royal Family arriving, including Her Majesty the Queen and shots of the 1,000 veterans and their family members that were also attending the service. It was my first time in a media pen and so I was able to gain first-hand experience of what a photo journalist does day to day. Also it gave me greater understanding of the intensity and pressures involved to get the right shot, and get it out to the press.

The VE Day 70th Anniversary was a once in a lifetime experience to be involved in, it was both a celebration and remembrance in one. And being able to photograph and meet such a variety of people from all walks of life is one of the reasons I chose to become a military photographer.

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