From Town & Country Magazine:
Some, are calling the picture "Princess Diana's view" of her son Harry's big day. Others, called attention to how their bodies appear to form the shape of a heart.
We spoke to Press Association photographer Yui Mok about his experience at the royal wedding, how he got that iconic overhead shot, and why he thinks it quickly became everyone's favorite image of the day.
HIS ASSIGNMENT WAS TO TAKE CROWD AND ATMOSPHERE SHOTS:
"As one of a team of 22 or so Press Association photographers, I was assigned by our Picture Editor Martin Keene—who masterminded the whole photography operation for the wedding—to a position on top of the George IV Gateway, which overlooks the entirety of the Long Walk.
It’s the kind of photograph you take once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky.
"The initial plan was for me to capture the carriage procession making its way along the Long Walk, flanked by the many thousands of well-wishers who had lined the route. It would make for a marvelous general view, or what we photographers call a 'GV,' showing an overview of the turnout, the color, and the scale of the occasion. My photos were to provide atmospheric support to the key shots that my colleagues—in various other positions in and around Windsor Castle—would be shooting."
A ’GV’ SHOT OF THE CARRIAGE PROCESSION.
IT TURNS OUT TO BE THE PERFECT POSITION FOR THE ICONIC SHOT:
"I was escorted up on the George IV Gateway shortly after 8 a.m., and remained in that spot until the carriage procession finished, shortly after 1.30 p.m.
"As the newly-married couple started down the Long Walk, I proceeded to take the GVs that I needed using a very long Canon 600 mm lens, with the carriage framed by the crowd either side. The distance was far too great to actually see the couple in their carriage at this point, and it was only until they passed the Castle gate and left the throngs of public behind that I could begin to get some clear shots of them. During this time they decided to kiss, which also made for a lovely picture."
GETTY / PA / YUI MOK
"As they kept coming toward me I had a mere minute or so left of shooting opportunity before they would disappear out of my sight.
"I had noticed earlier that there were a couple of portholes covered with metal grilles on the floor where I stood, through which you could see directly to the ground below. I had seen various vehicles underneath me during the time spent waiting, and decided to try for a shot of their carriage passing through. I figured that a shot of them together from an overhead view would be something unique from the other photographer’s angles, something a little bit artistic even."