Ebola, Earthquakes and Medivacs; Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine
I was the photographer at the Apothecaries’ Hall in London for this event organised by the Medical Journalists Association. The hall is beautiful and the ancient home of The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. The talk, organised by the Medical Journalist Association was given in the Great Hall. Dating from 1671 the Great Hall has fantastic, dark Irish oak panelling with a carved screen at the south end of the room and a minstrels’ gallery at the north end. Every time I needed to change position to photograph I walked on tip-toes across the very creaky oak floor, but I still sounded like a ghost creeping round a country house in the dead of night!
The Apothecaries’ Hall is also home to the world’s only Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine which trains medical professionals from around the world to respond quickly to natural disasters, outbreaks of disease and battlefield injuries as well as longer-term emotional trauma. At this meeting chaired by Lawrence McGinty, men and women who tackle some of the most challenging medical emergencies talked about life on the frontline of healthcare.
One of the privileges of being a photographer is getting to see things, getting to hear things or in this case, both!
Trevor Aston works in Richmond, Southwest London and Surrey as a portrait, event and editorial photographer.