Mark Comon
An opportunity to do something important!

My wife and I just returned from an amazing four days in Hawaii.  It was an opportunity to record a historic moment.  One of nine surviving USS Arizona sailors was telling his story for the first time and returning to Pearl Harbor to honor his best friend and shipmates.  I was asked to photograph the event and help create a documentary film on the event.  It was physically and emotionally draining yet one of the greatest honors and one of the most important events I have ever covered with my camera.

The Second to the Last to Leave project will be a Ken Burns style documentary film highlighting the harrowing escape of Lauren Bruner and 5 shipmates from the USS Arizona on that fateful morning.  My task was to capture stills of the participants.  Technically it was easy… Nikon D800 with 24-70 and 70-200mm lenses.  Using the natural light, adding fill-flash, close-ups and environmental images all came into play, and was the easy part.  Being unobtrusive, sensitive, respectful and reverent while making the photos was difficult!


Our cameras can be powerful instruments of creativity and good.  It is a privilege to be included in such a historic project.  What is your project?  How can you use your camera for good?