This Autumn began being commissioned for a SOLO- Rota position for the world-wide media photographing the UK Prime Minister within the corridors of power in the Foreign Office. I was surprised that with all the careful management Boris Johnson’s advisers take to protect the Prime Minister’s image they invited an editorial photgrapher into their offices to photograph him with the Foreign Secretary during the controversial Afghanistan crisis.
Dominic Raab looked like a dead man walking
Dominic Raab looking bruised with all the criticism following his holiday-induced absence in Crete. As they arrived Raab shuffled quietly behind Boris in the FCDO Crisis Centre. I was given total access to move about freely to photograph the PM talking with his foreign office staff.
Catching the ‘wiff-Waff’ of movement
Boris always moves about quickly, between desks talking with various advisers. You have to be fast on the shutter, trying to catch the wiff-waff of movements. A quick ‘elbow bump’ here, ‘elbow-bump’ there. The body language between PM and Foreign Secretary was obviously tense.. wonderful to photograph. The first time the both of them had been photographed together after Raab went AWOL in Crete.
The pictures got good use and were published in many publications including The Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, the following day, including the on the cover of PRIVATE EYE and other magazines.