Everyone in the picture is from media. One moment before things became brutal. You don’t really want to see how sausages are made in a factory, but you also don’t want to see how TV news gets filmed times to times.
While waiting there, we looked respectful to each other on the surface while we waited for the gates to open. But I could see that a cameraman near me was holding his big ENG camera in a way that blocked people going ahead of him. His assistant did the same except he was using his tripod. I was pushing my camera bag against the person behind me, so he can take on some of the weight of my equipment while I preserved my energy. We were all ready to become brutal and use whatever we can to get in first.
We gathered like sardines in a can because French President Macron had just won and he was going to give victory speech here at Louvre museum in Paris. The world’s media was going to film this and they were preparing to charge to get the best position to film. As a news cameraman from a broadcaster, I was ready to fight them all. Get through the gates first. It was another brutal day in filming news.
When we only have one chance, one shot to capture the moment of history, we just have to be aggressive if the situation requires. Our work gets seen by millions, our responsibility is heavy.
It`s not uncommon to see media groups, especially cameraman fighting against each other. Sometimes we have to be rude enough to step in front of others.
You don`t want to be too rude that you get kicked out from the scene. But if you are too polite, others will abuse that and rob your job. Filming the same thing with other media is what I hate most in this job.
Tough side of filming News is the competition with other cameraman. It`s not for the soft heart.
I am a documentary/News cameraman based in London.