“I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.”
That’s how one of the most iconic images from the Battle of the Coral Sea depicts the moment a British submarine suddenly appears on the horizon and explodes into flames, setting off a chain reaction that engulfs the nearby waters and the entire Coral Sea region.
The image is the brainchild of Robert Ross, who first captured it in 1918 while he was a young photographer working for the Royal Navy’s Royal Photographic Society in the Caribbean.
But the image also shows how the British Empire had to make difficult decisions to survive in the era of global warfare.
Ross’s image was so iconic that, during the war, it became one of several war propaganda pieces that became a symbol of the Great War.
It was used by the British government to convince the British public that the war was over, that Britain would win and the war would be over.
The British public had already become convinced that the conflict had ended.
In 1918, a year after the Battle, the Royal Photographers Society commissioned the photograph, but it never reached its intended audience.
Ross decided to create a new image in 1917, after seeing it again and again.
Ross was initially motivated by the fact that the image was often used by American troops in World War I. The war had ended, but Britain still needed the image to convince people that the British were winning.
The next year, Ross was commissioned by the Royal Naval School to do a survey of the British Navy and asked the Naval Institute to create the Royal Photo Library.
“My immediate thought was, ‘Well, what the fuck are they doing?’
I’d never done anything like this before,” Ross told Business Insider.
“It’s kind of an experiment.”
The Library’s first assignment was to create and create a collection of images that would serve as a source for British soldiers and sailors.
“We were doing this with a collection that had never been put on film before, which was a lot of soldiers and some sailors,” Ross said.
“The British Army, they were doing a lot in the war.
They were running a lot, they had a lot.
And so I thought, ‘This is a really interesting way to tell their story.'”
The project started in 1917 and took about six years to complete.
Ross began his project when he was working as a military photographer for the U.S. Navy.
He decided that he wanted to focus on how soldiers were dealing with the effects of the war on the military and the public.
“There was a huge public perception that Britain was losing, and that they were losing it badly,” Ross explained.
“And so there was a big desire for soldiers to look at these pictures.”
Ross decided he wanted the British to portray the people of the country as well.
“They were really good at what they did,” Ross added.
“I thought they had really good soldiers, and I thought they’d look like they had great troops.”
The project was initially a collaboration between the Royal National Institute of Dramatic Art (RNIDA) and the Royal War College (RNWC).
But the RNIDA’s director, Sir William Campbell, felt that the project was an opportunity for a larger institution to be involved.
The RNWC would not be involved in the project at first.
“So we got together with the RNWC, and we said, ‘Look, let’s do this,'” Campbell said.
The project evolved over the years.
In 1923, the RNWCC was given a contract to create an image collection, but the collection was only used as a way to inform the public of the results of the Royal Engineers’ Survey, a survey conducted in 1917 to determine the impact of the conflict on the war effort.
The survey was one of many conducted during the Great Wars.
The Royal Engineers Survey was the first survey commissioned by Britain and included the results from the Royal Marines and the British Army.
The collection would become a part of the RN Library, the organization that oversees the collection.
Ross knew that the Royal Admiralty would eventually decide to include the Royal Photographs in the Library.
But he also knew that if the Royal Royal Navy was going to include a photo of a British ship in the Royal Library, it would have to be done in an approved manner.
“At the time, it was pretty much the only way that they could go forward with the collection, and so we were kind of stuck,” Ross recalled.
“But I guess we had a little bit of luck.
We managed to find a photographer who was interested in this.
And then we were able to do it.”
Ross began the project with the help of the photographer who would eventually become his mentor.
“He was very nice, and he did all the work,” Ross remembered.
“His idea was, I’d like to go back and photograph a British cruiser in the harbor and put it on display.”