Photographing an ANZAC ceremony

It is always a challenge to photograph any event. To get a great image you will need to be present at all moments of significance and blending in will be nigh impossible. The photographer will get the best seat in the house but with that comes a very visible presence.

Last weekend I was commissioned to photograph an Anzac ceremony for Parks Victoria at the newly opened Kokoda memorial wall in the Dandenongs Ranges replete with the last post and catafalque party. The silence and reverence of such an occasion only adds to the conspicuous nature of what i am trying to capture and I feel like I am the only one who is allowed to be separate yet a very visible part of the occasion.  As a photographer I need to feel the magnitude of an occasion in order to capture its most moving moments. I need to be very switched on to a constantly changing and moving frame and so keeping up with an order of proceedings is paramount to not missing an integral image to the story of an event.