Recording the Libyan Revolution via Helmet Cam
Screenshot from Humphrey Cheung's video for Gizmodo.
Most people who’ve used a helmet cam were filming their kite boarding adventures or following their friends as they slid down a ski resort, maybe even as they — gasp! — jumped out of bounds. Humphrey Cheung had a different idea. Bored with his recent jobs in IT and as a tech reporter, he strapped one on and flew to Libya, embedded himself with anti-Quadaffi rebels, and pressed record.
Blogging about his trip on Gizmodo, Cheung delivers some quotidian details about the rebels — their out-of-place camo (urban blue on black), soda pop of choice (Pepsi), military heirarchy (none), and arsenal of weaponry (mostly RPGs and AK-47s, though in one case, a steak knife). He also writes himself into the story, which starts with one of his first days on the self-assigned job:
“Damn! This is what Marines do,” I cursed. Huddled behind an insignificant sand berm that barely covered my head, I wondered if I should have carried an AK-47. Instead, I was a walking PVR recording the Libyan Civil War with my Canon T3i and GoPro Hero HD helmet cam. A few hours earlier the anti-Ghaddafi rebels began their multipronged assault up Galaa’s Sofitt Hill and I was along for the ride. Everything was going well until machine gun and sniper fire pinned us down.
From several hours of footage, Cheung culls several minutes of film for Gizmodo. This isn’t Hollywood-caliber war footage, but it is an interesting look into the life and times of a group of people risking their lives for freedom fighting, as well as an interesting look at the future of blogging and war reporting. Oh, and a pretty good ad for the helmet cam, too.