Capturing Brexit News

In my last post, “If you want to make money, shoot what is in the news“, I mentioned how Brexit is the British political story of the last generation. The UK is set to leave the EU, with deal or not on March 29th, 2019 and the country is divided between “Remainers” and “Leavers”. I still believe that they’ll extend Article 50 but the situation is highly unpredictable.

In this post, I’ll discuss some of my Brexit-related news and how I went about capturing, and uploading to various agencies.

Pro and anti-Brexit protesters, Westminster, London, UK
It’s crunch time as the UK is set to leave the EU on March 29th…with or without a deal…

A few days in London

I’m spending a few days in London as my brother just had a baby and taking advantage to capture as much Brexit-related news as possible. Weather is cold, windy and rainy (compared to Lisbon) and hasn’t been easy to deal with…missing the sun and sea…

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My niece, Alice with my brother

Heathrow Airport

My work started right away upon landing at Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, where authorities have been busy preparing sign-posts for the big day. I’ve recently invested on a Panasonic, which shoots in 4K and captured this clip, which I’ve uploaded to Pond5. I’ve added a slight zoom and although I shot it in 4K, I decided to upload this version as HD as the zoom took away quite a few megapixels. Here’s a link to the clip, with the stills version below:

https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/102436930/passengers-london-heathrow-walks-past-sign-prior-immigration.html

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This is similar to the following shot I captured almost a year ago that has had healthy sales on all agencies:

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Welcome to the UK Border

Fortune favours the brave and I was feeling like risking it as I approached Passport Control. Often this is foolish if you’re not careful as it may lead to at best, getting yelled at and at worst, interrogation. Fortunately, I have some experience shooting at airports. Perhaps I’ll risk it again while leaving…

I only managed one shot before being yelled at by security to put the camera away and walking away. It’s not the best shot but should generate some sales in the next few weeks to highlight Brexit-related news:

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2 seconds before being yelled at by security…

Westminster Protests

A few days later, after the rain finally cleared, I headed to Westminster, at the heart of British politics…where both Remainers and Leavers were voicing their opinions. It was a relatively quiet day, but the light was fantastic, although very very windy…which worked in my favour on the footage side as you’ll see from this (commercial) 4K clip at SS:

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1023832972

Then of course some stills, using my ultra-wide angle lens. I figured that since these types of images are done to death, might as well offer something unique by going full-out at 10mm and getting low. I’ve also increased the vibrancy on the blue as a sort of symbolism for the EU. Do you like it?

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Meeting my hero, Steve Bray

I got to meet and speak with my hero, Steve Bray, the Anti-Brexit creator of the Stand of Defiance European Movement. He’s been heavily featured in all major media.

Here’s my fav shot of him as he marched into battle:

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Steve Bray, also known as “Stop Brexit Man”

Perhaps an artistic inspiration?

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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal / the Associated Press
Pro and anti-Brexit protesters, Westminster, London, UK
Steve Bray has become a celebrity among the Anti-Brexit movement

How will these do?

I’ll keep my expectations low but I think these should do quite well. Brexit is huge news and will be talked about for years to come. I think I did enough to differentiate myself from the competition.

I still have loads of material to go through, including dozens of clips, so hope to have these up in the next few days. Then I’m happy to go back to Portugal for some sea and sun.

Update Feb 11:

Did my usual rounds checking my name on Google to see where/if any of my images hav been licensed and happy to see that a Swedish newspaper picked up one of them. Hopefully it goes to print for larger royalties than digital.

https://www.affarsvarlden.se/bors-ekonominyheter/storforetag-oforberedda-pa-en-hard-brexit-6947496

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About Alex

I’m an eccentric Anti-Brexit guy on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images & footage. I’m determined not to waste my life away as a corporate drone and have devoted five years to making it as a travel photographer and freelance writer. I hope to inspire others before it’s too late.

I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography

4 comments

  1. I couldn’t resist smiling while somehow combined Alice name and Brexit in something like “may the babygirl forever be healty and lucky and never enter a rabbit-hole” although EU sometimes seems like a big Wonderland with weird residents! 🙂

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