Reflection- Walter Astrada

Looking at the work of Walter Astrada I was struck by many of his images, his photos in the series Undesired “Missing women in India” are very powerful which you would expect and they do tell stories.

Looking on his website you’re immediately hit by the work he has done with images of civilians in desperate situations and heavy armour as well.

There are images which include children and one in particular shocks you as you look at it because it’s a young boy coming out of a door with a look of horror on his face because there’s a soldier stood outside, the only reason you know about the soldier is because you can see a small bit of his arm in a camouflage jacket.

There seems to be no let up in the intensity of his work as you also see stuff like a man having his head stamped on and also images of street fighting and massive unrest and a young boy laid dead with his throat cut with some faceless people stood around him.

Once again he definitely puts people at the centre of his photos and has great variation, one photo will have great depth like taking in a street and then another will be in an enclosed area like a car.

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Hull FC 10 St. Helens 17, Champions Show Resolve and Grit to Secure League Points

Another emotional evening graced the KC Stadium as Hull FC and reigning Super League champions St. Helens battled it out for two vital points in the race for the top 8 but, once again, the whole evening belonged to the legacy left by the great Steve Prescott MBE who represented both these sides in a glittering career.

The game was given a fitting start as Steve’s sons brought the Steve Prescott Cup on the pitch and received a standing ovation from everybody present.

The first territorial advantage went to the champions as Kirk Yeaman knocked on inside his own half but Hull’s scrambling defence held them at bay after the ensuing scrum.

The game soon developed into an arm wrestle as both sides went to and fro from end to end but with no real breakthrough coming despite the free-flowing nature of the proceedings.

The first try came in the 20th minute after the home side made a hash of clearing up a rushed kick and former Hull player Shannon McDonnell pounced to cross, the conversion from Lewis Charnock gave the visitors a 0-6 lead.

A mistake by Jordan Rankin dropping the ball under no pressure 15 meters from his own line gave Saints a scrum and chance to attack which led to a harsh penalty which was kicked by Charnock in the 25th minute to give them a two score lead.

After that another dropped ball, this time by Fetuli Talanoa gave the visitors another scrum on the Hull line but a dropped ball by them eventually gave possession back to the black and white’s.

However Hull seemed to be on a mission to give Saints as much possession as possible when Yeaman again knocked on in his own half.

Once again after some fractious play the early arm wrestle developed again until a penalty to the home side led to some sustained pressure and former Saints man Leon Pryce eventually went through a big gap in the champions defence to bring his side back into the game, Marc Sneyd added the conversion to bring the score back to 6-8 in the 37th minute.

An early mistake in the second half by Hull led to some sustained pressure on their line but again the defence was very well organised and withstood two sets without conceding.

Eventually a high tackle from the home side led to a penalty and, uncharacteristically, Saints went for the kick and Charnock duly obliged to make it 6-10 in the 45th minute.

A penalty to Hull gave them some pressure on the Saints line, this was immediately followed by a scrum on the 10 meter line as Saints knocked on but despite sustained pressure the champions held firm until another knock on gave them a relieving scrum and chance to get away from their line.

Another penalty to the champions was spurned as Charnock slipped as he pulled the trigger and hooked the ball badly.

Eventually in the 57th minute some more pressure pushed the visitors defence too far and teenager Jordan Abdull forced his way over in the left corner, Sneyd missed the touchline conversion to leave the scores level as the game headed into the final quarter.

Hull were starting to take control and started throwing the ball around like in the previous two weeks and were asking plenty of questions of the visitors defence.

However a rare attack by the Saints saw a try scored by Tommy Makinson to regain the lead for them in the 62nd minute, the winger then added the touchline conversion to stretch the lead to 10-16.

Once again the arm wrestle took hold of the game again as it moved into the final 10 minutes until another Hull attack led to a try claim which was harshly disallowed by referee Matt Thomason.

Shortly after that moment another Hull ensued as they were given a penalty on the Saints 10 meter line but an organised defence held them out until another knock on by Talanoa relieved the pressure with little over five minutes to go.

After a shocking decision by referee Thomason not to give a scrum after a clear knock on by St. Helens they went straight down-field and former Hull player Jordan Turner secured the points with a drop goal in the 80th minute.

Penalties Hull 5 St. Helens 4

Goal Line Drop Outs Hull 1 St. Helens 0

Man of the Match Mark Minichiello

Attendance 10,320

Reflection- Presentation and Essay

On reflection I’m quite happy with how my presentation went although I know it could have been better I do believe I was very accurate in what I said and I’m certain my choice of videos was correct for what I was trying to put across.

I described looking back at the remarkable career’s of Michael Buerk and Martin Bell as being like looking at a couple of bestsellers, I now believe this might have been a bit of a mistake because looking back at them was actually more like looking at an encyclopedia of how to have an outstanding career in journalism.

One thing that I did put right in my essay was saying that you can only be inspired by these two men, after looking at some of their work in-depth I definitely am inspired.

Just like I said about Rageh Omaar and Caroline Hawley, I intend to pick up the baton laid down by Michael Buerk and Martin Bell and if I can have a tenth of the career they’ve had I will be very happy.

I will continue to study these two men, particularly through Michael Buerk’s autobiography The Road Taken, and learn from their influence during my degree and in my future career beyond my graduation in 2017.