WELCOME BACK!

June 28th, 2011
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Spc. Josh Vargaz, left, kisses fiancee Emilie Erbe during a return ceremony for US Army soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa. The soldiers, the final chalk of about 3,700 total, returned from one-year deployment to Iraq. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

HELLO Y’ALL!

Well, it’s been a long slew of months since my last post, but I figured I’d grace you guys/gals with a “WELCOME BACK” assignment I had this past Sunday.  I had to cover the return of US Army soldiers to Schofield after a year’s deployment in Iraq.  I’d done these before and remember quite vividly that as soon as the soldiers are dismissed, it’s like disturbing an anthill as loved ones and their soldiers unite.  I had to be quick on my feet.  So reporter Dan Nakaso and I made acquaintances with a few of the wives and family members who were waiting.  One woman we met had just gotten married to her husband, then within a matter of weeks, he deployed.  In six months, she was only physically able to hear his voice just twice.  So you can clearly see the joy in her face when she leapt into his arms.

Kate Parker leaps into the arms of her husband, Lt. Matthew Parker during a return ceremony for US Army soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa. The soldiers, the final chalk of about 3,700 total, returned from one-year deployment to Iraq. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

I always enjoy seeing true happiness between two people, and it always comes through in these welcome home ceremonies.  The whole time I was shooting, I had a big smile on my face.

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4 Responses to “WELCOME BACK!”

  1. Kauai Photo:

    I see more ceiling and floor than I see subjects! Move in closer! Can’t see emotion on the faces of your subject! Yes, the moment was good, but photos are lacking ….


  2. jammaquino:

    Kauai Photo,

    I could’ve moved in for the “stuff the wideangle in your face” shot, but that would’ve been like the rest of the times I’ve covered these homecomings. It’s more rare for me compositionally to line up the background with all of the “Welcome Home” signs. I look for things outside of the box, environmental aspects that help put my subjects and story into a sense of place for the viewer.


  3. visualjournalist:

    jamm, love the emotion…

    but, it’s not there yet…I have seen you cover returns better in the past, perhaps there would’ve been a point where you shot long too? varying focal lengths for details and ‘different angles’ are also storytelling. All the photos posted look like they were shot at a distance with a wide. I agree, you don;t need to “stuff the wide angle in their face” approach, but capturing their emotion is key. their faces, is where emotion is probably the most visible (aside from hands and body language) that is where life is truly happening.

    attention to detail. thats the key.


  4. ceiling floor:

    that second frame is great. but seems you’re on the wrong side… i guess its a 50/50 chance. great recovery on the images forthcoming. great job ! i hope the paper played it well in hard copy !


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