FROM shooting scenes in Afghanistan’s war zone to snapping portraits and weddings in Lincolnshire – Wrangle’s new photographer Darren Garwood certainly has experience under his belt.
After giving 23 years’ service to the RAF, 40-year-old Darren has decided to hang up his boots and opt for a very different work setting.
“It may sound strange, but despite there having always been the threat of being shot at in a war zone there’s not a huge difference in my job now,” he said. “But whether in Afghanistan or Wrangle, I still have the pressure of getting the required shots and making sure the equipment is set up right. The only real difference is I now no longer have to wear uniform!”
As the RAF’s Sgt Garwood, Darren was deployed in Afghanistan for four months to support the public relations efforts of the allied forces.
“I was very previleged to be doing what I did, I would get up each morning not knowing who or what I would be expected to photograph that day.” he said.
“Some days I would be flying out on a Blackhawk helicopter, covering VIP visits, or photographing troops trying to win the hearts and minds at local villages. Most of my photography was on positive things but occasionally I was called upon to photograph the aftermath of a bombing.”
His final assignment was to shadow the commander of British Forces South Afghanistan, Maj General Nick Carter.
“General Carter would visit local villages and meet with village elders to resolve any issues they had,” said Darren. “My job was to capture images of the work being done by the Allied Forces.”
Back in the UK, he has also photographed the Queen during her visits to RAF bases.
Since finishing his tour of duty last year, Darren has been busy setting up his new studio in Wrangle where he now offers portrait, wedding and events photography.
Concluding, he added: “Whether it’s a jet taking off or a bride throwing her bouquet, it’s important to get the right shot, first time.”
l For more information call 07962 713177 or visit www.darrengarwoodphotography.co.uk.