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My name is Steve Wood, I am 33 and I'm a Corporal with the Royal Logistic Corps. I work in the Media & Comms branch at Headquarters Land Forces in Wilton, Wiltshire.
I am originally from Exeter but now I live in Ashford, Kent.
What does your job involve?
I am an Army Photographer, responsible for capturing images around the world, wherever the Army maybe operating. My images are often used for news purposes, providing civilian news agencies with images that they may be unable to get. As an Army Photographer I find myself flying all over the world with my camera.
How long have you been an Army Photographer?
I started my Defence Photographic course in October 2008 and finally graduated as a fully fledged Army Photographer in June 2009.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety of work. Very rarely am I doing the same thing from week to week. I started off as a hobby photographer, so doing my hobby as a career can't be a bad thing. I also enjoy meeting new people, from the most junior Private soldier all the way up to General.
Why did you decide to become an Army Photographer?
As stated above, I initially enjoyed photography as a teenager, from the day I was given my first Olympus OM10 SLR Camera. I then enquired to join the Army direct from 'civvy street' but was told I would have to reach the rank of Corporal before being able to pursue a career as a full time photographer. So after many years working as a Surveillance Photographer I decided to go forward for selection, whereupon I was successful.
What different types of assignments have you covered?
Immediately after graduating from the Defence School of Photography ( DSOP ) I deployed on a three-month tour to Afghanistan, where I covered and documented day-to-day life, through to VIP visits from Gordon Brown PM, Prince Edward and various senior Military officers.
I have also spent two weeks on Exercise Grand Prix, Kenya covering a live firing range package. I also take portraits of senior officers in the studio, and recently returned from a two-week trip to Afghanistan capturing Christmas messages from soldiers on the front line in Musa Qala.
What is your most memorable assignment?
For me the most memorable and poignant assignments are the funerals and repatriation ceremonies of our soldiers. Be it the loading of the soldiers on to the C17 aircraft in Afghanistan or the unloading at RAF Lyneham, each one is very important.
Not only important from a way of respect, but also my images will be given to the families as a way of remembrance. I am the one that takes the images of these soldiers on their final journey, so I know I must get it right.