Note: The following article is cross posted from the Aurora news blog here.
Work by Aurora photographer, Jonathan Kingston, appears in the August 2008 issue of National Geographic Adventure Magazine. The image depicts participants of Centurion’s Hostile Environments and Emergency First Aid Training or HEFAT course discussing an unexploded mortar round during a larger examination of artillery and land mine safety. The 1 week course is designed to teach people how to identify and correctly assess risks to safety and security while living and working in volatile areas.
“When I was given this assignment, the preconception was that the participants of the course would all be NGO workers preparing for life in an unstable country,” recalls Kingston. “The morning of the shoot, I discovered all the participants were either members of the BBC, the AP or from a US daily paper who were heading to Iraq or Afghanistan to report. I was intimidated by the thought of having to photograph people used to being on the other side of the lens. Then I realized these were the best possible subjects in the world, as they would understand exactly what I was trying to do.”
To see more from Aurora photographer, Jonathan Kingston, click HERE.