Life through a lens: Corporal Si Longworth – Photographer

Sunset silhouette

Sunset silhouette

My name is Si Longworth and I am a professional photographer (yes, the Army has those). I am one of 38 photographers (photogs or phots) for the Army, covering media operations globally.

Although I have been making pictures in one form or another for little over 20 years, I have only recently joined the photography trade (Royal Logistic Corps) within the Army. I saw it as a calling to do something that I have always loved. I have been in the Army since seventeen and a half; dropping out of college to pursue a career in the Royal Military Police. Since then my career has seen many highs and lows.

I’d like to take you on a journey and invite you to join me as I describe how I got here and what it’s like to be a British Army photographer.

  • Onwards and Upwards 4 March, 2015 - Sergeant Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He has recently returned from Afghanistan where he was the Task Force Helmand Photographer. It does feel a little strange writing this blog. Not … Continue reading Onwards and Upwards
  • A brief pause for thought 10 June, 2014 - That was how a co-worker chose to describe my work/holiday routine. To be fair, I had just returned from a two-week holiday to the US and Caribbean prior to skiing in Austria for a week. So, it was harsh but true. In my defence, when I got back from Afghanistan I had a huge chunk of leave to use before the end of the financial year and I was determined to give it my best effort! I think I succeeded.
  • Lance Sergeant John Storey performing on the trombone with other brass players of the RPO UK Yo-Yo! 28 February, 2014 - I negotiated access to their fourth floor abandoned premises that sat above the pub. Although the rooms were riddled with the stench of Pigeon excrement the view was fantastic. I knew this is where I wanted to be positioned...
  • Trooper Sam Lowe Time to switch bodies, perhaps 13 February, 2014 - There it was on the shelf looking at me, as I looked back with my well-earned lawn-mowing business money in hand. A simple exchange later and I was the proud teenage owner of a second-hand Nikon F90X. I learned it, I loved it and I owned it for many years to come.
  • A day without direction 3 February, 2014 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He has recently returned from Afghanistan where he was the Task Force Helmand Photographer. So, did you miss me? I bet you all thought … Continue reading A day without direction
  • Never the twain shall meet: writer’s block comes into focus 1 October, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. Hello, it’s been a while Why? Well to be … Continue reading Never the twain shall meet: writer’s block comes into focus
  • The ‘gold standard’ 31 July, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. Wow, two weeks has gone so fast. Here I … Continue reading The ‘gold standard’
  • A pre wedding (not to eachother) shoot, with a twist. Taming the Afghan sun 21 July, 2013 - "When I dial up the ‘sunglasses’ effect to the maximum, allowing a lot less light into my lens, I have to reduce my shutter speed to compensate. At full whack I can easily achieve 1/250th of a second with a wide open aperture of f2.8. I am talking about the middle of the day, bright burning Afghan sun. The kind of sun that burnt the front of my body when I exposed it for the first time on my tour the other day for a mere eight minutes."
  • Uncontrolled action 17 July, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. “Eyes to me!”…Click “Smile”…Click “That’s it, just rotate your … Continue reading Uncontrolled action
  • What’s in the bag? 30 June, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. As you all know, this blog isn’t Afghan specific. … Continue reading What’s in the bag?
  • Strap kit down, buckle-up, enjoy… the never ending ride (Pt3) 21 June, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers. He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. Force protection So, to re-cap this story; I left … Continue reading Strap kit down, buckle-up, enjoy… the never ending ride (Pt3)
  • Strap kit down, buckle-up, enjoy… the never ending ride (Pt2) 13 June, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers. He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. Alarm clocks… …Interesting things that we all rely on … Continue reading Strap kit down, buckle-up, enjoy… the never ending ride (Pt2)
  • Strap kit down, buckle-up, enjoy… the never ending ride (Pt1) 5 June, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers. He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. When three days turns into sixteen! Okay Okay, so … Continue reading Strap kit down, buckle-up, enjoy… the never ending ride (Pt1)
  • Road moves and ricochets 10 May, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers. He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. A Combat Logistic Patrol So hello again. It’s good … Continue reading Road moves and ricochets
  • So, what have you been up to? 2 May, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18. A month down; seriously? Wow, the first month just … Continue reading So, what have you been up to?
  • Everything, always… 26 April, 2013 - As I wiped the sweat from my brow after lugging all the kit to the location, and made the picture, I sighed in relief that I had upheld my own adage. Overkill, some would say. But I say better to have it and not use it, than to have to excuse yourself, run back to the office (on this occasion) to get it, and look a fool.
  • Military policeman, pilot, photographer… 19 April, 2013 - I wasn’t always an Army photographer. I've had one amazing career, and photography is my third and latest trade. I have been tinkering with cameras for years, but it is only recently that I decided to finish up my Army career as a 'phot'. I had watched my best friend travel to amazing places and capture fantastic images, and I wanted to become part of that.
  • ‘Hello’, this is me 12 April, 2013 - Corporal Si Longworth is one of only 38 trained British Army Photographers.  He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer, on Op HERRICK 18. So here I am… Blogging… It’s a day I thought … Continue reading ‘Hello’, this is me

20 thoughts on “Life through a lens: Corporal Si Longworth – Photographer

  1. annette says:

    great photos, very atmospheric and rich.
    I’m doing another painting for the Aussie Engineers (RAE Foundation) to raise funds for them, and this year it’s about MWD, and I loved your pic of the dog sitting beside his handler looking ahead – any chance I could use that as my inspiration?
    many thanks
    Annette

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  2. Alves da Cunha says:

    Corporal Si Longworth, My name is Alves da Cunha, i am portuguese and i am Editor of the “Páras” magazine, whn i was yong iwas also a Corporal Paratrooper, and i have been 30 months in the WAR, Portuguese Africa.I woud very much like to publish an article in the “Páras” magazine of the 1st WINGSUIT WORLD CUP in Netheravon Airfield UK, and i ask you please to give me permission to publish your wonderfful photo,wich i believe tha is the very first of itis Kind. Waiting your reply, please acept my Parachuting frienship.(QUE NUNCA POR VENCIDOS SE CONHEÇAM).

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