Rupert has been a full-time serving soldier for twenty years and became a staff photographer 2007. His varied role has covered training from Belize to Brunei, operations and training other soldiers for surveillance photography. Many of the images we saw were from Afghanistan, taken in small Forward Operating Bases and on patrol. It's hard work; as well as combat images, when the patrol sits down for a break, Rupert carries on working to document some of the mundane aspects of military life like soldiers having a brew. Another of his tasks was to photograph IED sites for forensic analysis.
On his current posting in London, Rupert often finds himself working the same ceremonial events as commercial photographers. However, he uses his unique access to maximum effect for more unusual images that may not be available to others, such as the preparation behind the scenes for State parades. Many of the images had a sense of humour too. He puts the images out to PA and has had a number of newspaper front covers.
Rupert has passion and commitment for his work There was clear sense of how these images are both personal and part of history. To demonstrate this, we saw some of the early photographic corps' images from Belsen.
We were also entertained with the story of Rupert's time on the Master of Photography TV show. That could have been a whole evening itself. Sounded even more tortuous than some of our own competitions.
We're very grateful to Rupert for putting together such as interesting and entertaining presentation, written especially for us.
In the interlude, we honoured Greg and Mike as top scorers for Prints and DPIs in our 2016/17 competition season. We should have asked Rupert to do one of his 'grip & grin' pics!