Capturing the covert nature of WikiLeaks
I had an assignment at the Frontline club in Paddington to photograph WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson speaking during a debate at the club. I was fortunate enough to be quite early for the assignment and within minutes Kristinn had arrived and was being interviewed ahead of the main debate. There were no other stills photographers there at that time.
I approached it in the usual way and made sure I had a couple of clear head shots of him talking. I walked around the scene a few times and noticed that I could see Kristinn through the reporters spectacles. I was shooting with available light which was the light from the TV camera set up. I was shooting wide open as that was really all the light that was available to me. I didn’t want to use flash because it would have killed the feel of the picture.
This is a picture that has been done many times before but I thought that given the covert nature of the WikiLeaks story that it was good way to take what is essentially a head shot.