I find that visiting the detention centres with a large number of other journalists, cameramen and photographers doesn’t quite work for me, and I have some personal issues with it. The first time it happened, several years ago, it felt like a school trip to the zoo – we weren’t allowed to mingle with the migrants and could only interact and shoot through the fences.
Things were better this time round, but the large media presence meant the whole thing lacked those genuine moments I’d normally be trying to capture with my camera. If you pulled further back a bit from this image, powerful though it is, you’d see a mass of photographers all trying to shoot the same thing. I much prefer being there on my own or with one other colleague at most. That’s the only way to come close to documenting reality.
Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal length 21mm