News: Combat Camera a job like no other
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Combat photography is a job like no other, with the click of a button a moment in time is captured with the hopes of catching the perfect instant that sends a powerful message to anyone who sees it.
For Cpl. Paul Oldfield, a member of the Royal Air Force combat camera with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), this is just another day at the office.
“I love being a combat photographer because of the opportunities you get,” said Oldfield. He loves flying in helicopters, going on patrols, being on the front lines. “You’re just not going to do that as a civilian.”
This was the perfect job for Oldfield. He has always had an interest in photography and videography ever since he was 15. Oldfield then graduated from Sunderland University with a degree in media production, which led him to join the Royal Air Force.
Oldfield has been in the RAF for 10 years now, and is on his third deployment. He has deployed to the Balkans, Iraq and now Afghanistan. With every deployment, Oldfield explained that the hardest thing about being in the military is the time he spends away from his family.
With Oldfield’s six-month deployment coming to an end here, he is starting to miss the simple things from back home like his wife’s home cooking.
“I like American food, but I miss my wife’s home cooking and the British weather,” said Oldfield with a chuckle of disbelief. “I never thought I would miss British weather.”
Since his time here, the biggest thing Oldfield has learned is how to work with different cultures. He has worked closely with service members from other nations. More than in any of his other deployments he explains.
During his deployment here, Oldfield said that his photography skills have vastly improved. He estimates that he has taken more than 10,000 photographs and is always looking to improve.
“You’re only as good as your last photograph,” said Oldfield. “So each time you go out, you try to do better than your last.”
Now that he is ready to leave Afghanistan and rejoin his family and friends, Oldfield will be able to go back home with many of new experiences.
Date Posted:05.31.2012 04:50
Location:CAMP LEATHERNECK , AF
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