Portrait photos of Kenneth Crawford by Adam Firth for the Veterans project
Some portrait photos I had the pleasure of capturing of Kenneth Crawford over the weekend. Kenneth was a leading seaman Radar operator in the Navy and was part of the East Fleet in Colombo. He was also in the Philippines Campaign, the British Pacific Fleet for mine-sweeping, and was in Tokyo Bay for the surrender.
Since Kenneth isn’t easily mobile we set up my mobile studio with background and lights in his living room. I often feel that completing portrait photos in peoples houses helps to put them at ease in front of the camera.
The veterans project
I shot this image as part of the Veterans Project for The Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). The project aims to photograph every veteran of the Second World War. We’re creating a compelling pictorial record of returned servicemen and women for the national archives. This is one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia. Professional photographers across the country, accredited by the AIPP, are donating their time and talent to create this visual legacy. We understand the power of portrait photos to capture a person, a moment in time, and preserve that forever. With this project AIPP wants to honour our veterans and commemorate 100 years of the ANZAC tradition.
If you have a family member who you think should be a part of the project but has not yet been photographed please put them in contact with the AIPP via the website, www.aipp.com.au
Get in touch to talk about your portrait photos needs. I will be able to give you an idea of costs along with the normal procedure I go through to ensure your portraits are the best they can be.