The perpetual perp walk, the Russell Williams trial.
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
I'm cold, I'm windburned, I'm bored, I'm glad I'm not inside.
It has been cold and windy, the days are long and boring, a lot of hurry up and wait, long stretches of boredom followed by a few bursts of rapid activity, but I am glad to be outside on this one.
Even a day like Wednesday, where we would have seen the interrogation/downfall of Russell Williams, what followed, the victim impact statements and the previous two days of the presentation of the agreed statement of facts would have been brutal to sit through. I don't envy anyone who had to sit through the testimony and evidence presented in court.
The three days I have been here covering the trial are all the same,
5:30 am - wake up call
6:00 am - arrive at court to set up ladder, make pictures of reporters waiting to get in
7:30 am - photograph arrival of Russell Williams from top of an eight foot ladder, file pix
9:30 am - (or half hour before court starts) arrival of Lloyd family, file pix
10 am - court starts, rush to eat breakfast before Morning break then go to front of the court to see what's going on
1:00 pm - lunch break, out front of court looking for principals
2 pm - court resumes go file
4:30 pm - on ladder waiting for court to end, after departure run to front to see if any family talking to media and then back to back to wait for lawyers and crown. FileTear down ladders
6 pm - hotel and re-edit
Anytime we cover these events it's hard, we have to figure out the balance of coverage.
What we have to balance is how we cover the accused and the victims.
I feel for the Lloyds, the large amount of media coverage makes it difficult to get pictures sometimes and we end up pushing the bubble around the family a little too much.
A couple days ago we ticked off Andy Lloyd, the brother of murder victim Jessica Lloyd.
I would have been upset too. Mr. Lloyd is in a tough spot and on that day when he and his mother left court before hearing the agreed statement of facts concerning the death of his sister, the balance we seek as a photojournalists and subject might have been upset a little.
Andy Lloyd is a brave man, as the family spokesperson he faces us all the time. He keeps Jessica in the story.
In his victim impact statement on Wednesday inside court, Andy Lloyd expressed the frustration of being the centre of all the media attention while he and his family are still going through the grieving process. Yet he shows up at almost every court appearance with one purpose in mind : to make sure that the story was also about his sister and her life. A heavy burden.
Monday, 7:41 am October 18, 2010 Under heavy police protection Russell Williams, the former base commander at CFB Trenton arrives at the Belleville Court. Williams plead guilty to killing two women, sexually assaulting two others and to a string of fetish break, enter and thefts.
Monday 9:09 am October 18, 2010 Family and Frieds of the victims lead by Andy and Roxanne Lloyd, the brother and mother of Jessica Lloyd. Clues from her tragic death lead to the capture of Russell Williams.
My day on Thurday?
5:30 am - wake up call
6:00 am - arrive at court to set up ladder,..........