When I’m shooting an assignment I am always working to get that one image that completely captures the situation. One image which tells the whole story. It’s nice to have one photo which tells everything because we may not have room in the print edition for a second, supplementary photo to complete the visual story.
It’s often difficult to tell the whole story of a parade in one photo because parades almost always are an “either/or” situation. There’s people taking part in the parade and people watching the parade. The photos are often of either one or the other, which doesn’t necessarily present a complete picture of the event in one photo.
Still, when I’m shooting a parade I’m always hoping to get one image which reflects the event and includes both the participants and the watchers to present that complete photo.
The Veterans Day parade earlier this week was, for the most part, that either/or situation. Until the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts came to my rescue and I was able to make one photo which brought together both participants and watchers.
Islamn Kendrick, 17, thanks Army veteran John Knight for his service as Kendrick marches in the annual Veterans Day parade as a member of Boy Scout Troop 268 in Yakima, Wash. Nov. 11, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Frigid temperatures made the weather an added element of the parade. A bundled-up veteran gave me another pretty complete photo.
Vietnam veteran Larry Morehouse bundled up in the near-freezing temperatures to watch the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Yakima, Wash. Nov. 11, 2014. Morehouse served in the Navy. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Now, if the bundled-up veteran had just been shaking hands with the Boy Scout…