London Editorial Photography
I had an interesting assignment this week from Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. They wanted to do a story about 2 Conservative politicians and their view on the EU. It was to be published on Friday the same day that David Cameron was to hold an important speech over the UK’s membership of the European Union. Over 2 days we met pro-European MP Robert Buckland (left) and eurosceptic MP John Redwood (right).
The draft was to try and get images of them both that could be used as a double spread in the newspaper with one politician on the left looking right and the opposite on the other side with the other politician looking left. These sort of assignments are often tricky as what is planned at the news desk often does not reflect the reality of the situation on the day.
The first person we met was John Redwood at his office in Portcullis House – we were given just 15 minutes. I took some images whilst John was talking with Thomas the journalist … when we arrived John kindly served tea and I took a couple of images as he drunk his tea. Doing this I had the idea that this could work if I could do the same with Robert Buckland the next day. The theme being that they expressed their views over a cup of tea – all very British.
The next day we met (the very pleasant) Robert Buckland in Parliament. Events in London that morning (helicopter crash accident) meant that everyone was slightly late and when we met Robert he was cold having had to walk to Parliament that day due to the traffic chaos. I suggested that we could perhaps do the interview over a hot cup to tea in the Parliament cafe – Robert thought it to be a good idea. Problem solved.
I thought that the images worked well. Events in Algeria on Thursday meant that the double spread was pulled and it became a single page.