The Fourth Plinth

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 6 July 2009.Mike Longman who built himeslf into a cocoon on the fourth plinth from 2200-2300hrs,    Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 6 July 2009.Mike Longman who built himeslf into a cocoon on the fourth plinth from 2200-2300hrs, Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

This last week was a bit of a mission, News Media Images was commissioned by the Mail on Sunday to cover the first week of the Anthony Gormley “One and Other” art installation on the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Myself and a colleague were to cover the event 24 hours a day for the first 6 days. I volunteered for the night shift and covered from 8 pm till 7am.

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 8 July 2009. Helen Barker a Medical Secretary from Chester.  On the Fourth Plinth dressed as Britannia. 0100-0200hrs  Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 8 July 2009. Helen Barker a Medical Secretary from Chester. On the Fourth Plinth dressed as Britannia. 0100-0200hrs Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

The brief included photographing every person that went on to the plinth. So a set of photographs every hour for six days, which need to include a H&S portrait, a full length portrait and some pics of what ever they got up to on the plinth.

My colleague covered the Monday from 0800hrs, I relieved him at 2000hrs. and settled in for the night shift, the rather naughtily I parked the Jeep on Trafalgar Square, which was a bit of a result as I would need to use the mains inverter to recharge the laptop’s batteries. I shot something like 450 frames and wired 57 that first night.

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009.   Anna Machell (26) a Library Assistant from Liverpool Used her hour on the fourth plinth to write post cards and twitter her friends. between 0400 and 0500hrs    Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009. Anna Machell (26) a Library Assistant from Liverpool Used her hour on the fourth plinth to write post cards and twitter her friends. between 0400 and 0500hrs Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

The Tuesday night was fine, with a full moon, which appeared at about 0200hrs and made for a couple of nice pictures, again about 400 frames shot and 51 wired.

Day Three was a long one, having relieved my colleague at 2000hrs as usual, I was set for a 24 hour shift as his girlfriend had a hospital appointment. just over 1000 frames shot and 96 wired. The night shift people from the PR Agency were as good as gold, however there was some obnoxious woman that was there during the day, that kept telling the people that had been on the plinth that they didn’t have to talk to the media. All we wanted was name, age and occupation from them, it wasn’t as if we wanted a sit down chat and their life history.

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009.  Amanda Hall, a costume maker from London. Who was on the Fourth Plinth from 1500hrs to 1600hrs, and made an lifesize man from Bagels   Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009. Amanda Hall, a costume maker from London. Who was on the Fourth Plinth from 1500hrs to 1600hrs, and made an lifesize man from Bagels Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

I have to say that seeing as the project has been courting as much publicity as it could for the last few weeks, it was a bit like shooting themselves in the foot. They were (well she was) absolutely fucking ridiculous. I am also fairly certain that Anthony Gormley would be pissed at the fact his PR team were trying to prevent press coverage.

It for the most part didn’t make much difference as the majority of the “plinthers” were the outgoing sort that wanted publicity, either for their causes or for themselves.

Anyway it didn’t have much effect until some dozy tart that went up on the plinth on the Friday at 1700hrs, the stuck up bitch, sneered at me when I asked her name, and declined to comment, not really surprising, she was an ugly cow that just sat a read her book for an hour. How fucking precious are some these twats, anyway I didn’t even bother wiring her pictures to the desk, as by that time we knew that the Mail On Sunday were running pictures from a 36 hour spell, that didn’t include Friday afternoon and night. But I will publish the munters picture here, so that anyone that knows her can tell her.

Ignorant Bint that though she was too important to talk to the media

Ignorant Bint that though she was too important to talk to the media

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2 thoughts on “The Fourth Plinth

  1. I had the same thing with that ignorant cow who told all the participants not to talk to us. As we got relieved on Friday night (prior to the drunks arriving on Trafalgar square) I can only feel this woman got off lightly as I had every intention of getting the drunken lowlifes to heckle or whatever else they wanted to do! Ha Ha !

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