Islelanders

Being Human

African migrants sit on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat after arriving at the AFM Maritime Squadron base in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour July 20, 2014. 83 migrants were rescued by a freighter after they were found to be in distress and were then transferred to the Maltese patrol boat, according to local media.

African migrants sit on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat after arriving at the AFM Maritime Squadron base in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour July 20, 2014. 83 migrants were rescued by a freighter after they were found to be in distress and were then transferred to the Maltese patrol boat, according to local media.

 

 

I opted to shoot the arrival of this group of migrants from up on the bastions overlooking the Maritime Squadron’s base, rather than take up the army’s offer of access to the quay, because along with other journalists, I was using the location to cover the arrival of a boat in which 25 migrants had died.  That particular operation was taking several hours – it wasn’t worth risking leaving our vantage point and then possibly missing the moment when the bodies would start to be brought out.  It also gave me a different angle from the norm for pictures of arrivals.

I noticed the words “Being Human” on a migrant’s jacket, and felt that by keeping him in the centre of the frame, I’d be making a small statement of sorts.

 

Canon EOS-1D X

Canon EF400mm f/2.8L II USM + 1.4 Extender

Focal length 560mm

Manual exposure

Aperture f/11

Shutter 1/800 sec

ISO 400

 

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