At the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I was positioned in the most amazing place–right in front of the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey. You have read all about my wonderful experience. The location was so spectacular that two hours after we established our camp, the Press was busy establishing themselves behind and above us. They showed up like a swarm of bees and began to prowl among the campers with their cameras, microphones, and notepads. I took this image because it amused me; it was quite a site. You can tell they had certainly done this before.
During the 3 1/2 days I was camped in my ideal spot, I took hundreds of photographs of everything that went on. My own personal photographic history of the Royal Wedding is very important to me: events, people, new friends, rehearsals. It was indeed an exciting event and one I will always remember.
After I returned home and studied my photographs and compared some of my photographs with the images posted by the Palace, I became very curious about how the Palace photographers were able to achieve some of the photographs which seemed to me to be taken from impossible locations. I have just returned from a month in Europe and spent 3 weeks of that time working on our London flats and working on my blog. I decided that I had to resolve the “great mystery” in my mind: HOW DID THE PALACE TAKE THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS?–where were their cameras? So, off to Westminster Abbey I went with a determined purpose. I had studied my photographs in careful detail and knew almost every inch of stone on the West Front. When I arrived at the West Door, I noticed that two portable hidden triangles had been tucked in the two corners of the facade for the ceremony. I said to myself: CLEVER, EH? Now I have to determine if it is a permanent part of the facade. I will keep my eye on it and let you know. I have a feeling it is there for good for future events at the Abbey.
Look at the normal photograph of Great West Door above. Now look at the West Door during the wedding. I have even blown up one of my shots, and there they are! THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHERS in their secret and preferential location! So, that solved that problem, so I decided that I had to have the movie of the ceremony which was on offer at the Queen’s Gallery gift shop. I had to have the Royal images. Mystery solved! Sneaky, ha?
Prince Harry and Prince William arriving at the Abbey.
The Royal Photographers like two raccoons having a sneaky look!
Well, Mystery solved!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918