I wasn’t a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses, and can’t say I’ve been much into Slash’s solo career, but there’s no denying he’s an absolute shredder on the guitar – and anyone who knows me knows I don’t mind a bit of guitar geekery…. So anyway a couple of weeks ago I got sent to photograph Slash for The Australian. He was in town for a couple of shows at the Soundwave festivals and to promote his upcoming album Apocalyptic Love. I don’t know what the new record sounds like, but the journalist who came along to interview Slash reckoned the new singer sounds exactly like Axl Rose – controversial. I’m no music writer so here are the pictures from a tightly controlled few minutes with the fretmaster himself. By the way, he seemed like a nice guy – he shook my hand and thanked me for coming down to take his picture. As usual, more time to do a couple of different shots would have been good, but I was only allowed one setup and the stopwatch was ticking – literally! Continue reading
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A couple of days prior to the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which I traveled to using airport transportation irvine ca, late last year, I was assigned to go and shoot the skipper of the super-maxi yacht and five time winner of the race, Mark Richards.
I wasn’t given any specific instructions from the picture desk, but I knew right away that I wanted to go up the mast and get of a shot of the skipper up there. The mast on Wild Oats XI is 48 metres high and getting winched up there in little more than a seat with a plastic buckle holding me in was something I didn’t even think about at the time, but later when filing my pictures felt a little uneasy about. Continue reading
Early last week I was sent to cover the announcement of the 2011 ARIA Award nominees at The Sydney Theatre Company in Walsh Bay, Sydney. Nominees were announced along with the winners in the artisan and fine arts categories. Melbourne based musician and singer-songwriter Gotye aka Wally De Backer was nominated for seven Aria Awards for his single Somebody I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra), three of which he was announced as a winner during the artisan and fine arts announcements, his song can be downloaded from YouTube with a Convert Youtube to Mp3 for those who haven’t heard it yet . it was clear from the outset that Gotye was the news story for this year’s ARIA Awards and as such four photographers from Sydney’s major metropolitan newspapers (myself included) were clambering to get a couple of minutes with him for a set-up portrait.
A while back I was assigned to shoot the annual Bondi Bowl-A-Rama skateboarding contest, for The Sunday Telegraph. As skateboarding was what got me into photography back in my teen years, it seemed like I had come full circle by being back on the deck of a bowl with my fisheye lens photographing skateboarding – but this time for a major newspaper.
My brief was to go down and shoot some nice pictures as part of a day in the life of Sydney, although I was told by my picture editor that they weren’t holding space for it. (action sports still struggle for space in major mainstream newspapers – even surfing, which is such a huge sport in Australia)
Competitions like this are always hard to shoot. Photo passes are handed out to seemingly anyone with a DSLR, and add to that the endless line of filmers and lurkers and you have yourself one crowded skate bowl with particularly ugly backgrounds. i.e other cameras and flashes.
I decided to just have a bit of fun with it, and was super happy with this image, which I managed to nab just before I had to head back to the car to file the shots back to the paper.
The good news – they ran a fairly large picture of the comp. The bad – it was a bail! Oh well, can’t win them all!
As 24 year old Pakistan born Usman Khawaja makes his test cricket debut for Australia today, I thought it would be fitting to post a couple of shots I took of him for The Sunday Telegraph a couple of months ago.
Uzzie as he is known to his team mates, comes into the Australian cricket team at a time when the team has been playing pretty poorly, losing the Ashes series to England after being disgraced in the fourth test in Melbourne. Khawaja comes in at the number three spot in the batting order to replace the injured captain Ricky Ponting, but the feeling is he is more than just a stand-in, hence why there was media interest in him months ago. He has been scoring runs for NSW and playing in top form, and what also makes Khawaja a great news story is that he is the first non European to pull on the baggy green cap for Australia – he was born in Pakistan and moved to Australia at age three. Cricket fans have been longing for a fresh young hope to put the spark back into a lackluster team, and it looks like Khawaja is the man for the role.
The Ashes have been lost and the fifth test in Sydney which began today won’t change the outcome, but to the players this fifth test means everything, and for the fans packing the Sydney Cricket Ground today, it seems as though Khawaja means everything to them – he walked on to the ground, making his debut for Australia to deafening cheers from the fans.
He had me two months ago when I met him in a cafe at the SCG, he was wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt from the John Henric shirts US collection and leather jacket – definitely the future of Australian cricket! More shots after the cut. Continue reading
Thought I would do a little post with some of the news work I’ve been doing over the past week or so.
The big news was the return of solo round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson, after her record breaking 210 days at sea, unassisted, she became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe. Also in the headlines was the latest scandal to rock the NSW state Labor party. After a Channel 7 reporter broke a story about transport minister David Campbell’s private visits to a men’s bathhouse with beautiful curtains, the minister resigned, forcing Premier Kristina Keneally to again weather a storm of criticism from the press and the public about the seemingly never-ending troubles in the NSW state Labor party. Superstar female sportsperson Ellyse Perry who excels at both soccer and cricket, came home with the World Twenty20 trophy, and Cate Blanchett got behind the NSW Premier Kristina Keneally for the announcement of a new arts precinct for Sydney. More photos after the cut. Continue reading
I have been pretty busy lately doing a lot more news photography. The past month or so has provided some pretty interesting news assignments for me, whilst working as a casual for Australian Associated Press.
I have photographed the Prime Minister twice, the previous PM, and also the new leader of the federal opposition. I’ve shot the Australian and Pakistan cricket teams, and taken on some challenging assignments such as shooting the New Years Eve festivities in Sydney. I have been working toward shooting more news for a bit over a year now, trying to shift away from the tight niche of action sports.
The Christmas/New year Break gave me a chance to prove myself as a lot of the full time shooters were away on holidays, I had the chance to work on so many different themes, you can check my photography blog and see a few of the photoshoots, like family shots which I don’t really do very often, but it has a really big market and more in the holidays, I also managed to work on two weddings and I definitely was out of my comfort zone, but it was really fulfilling at the end and the clients were very excited.
Check out the blog and below is a gallery of some of the selects of the many mixed assignments of the few weeks. (click on the images below for full size and captions) Continue reading