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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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 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, 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.
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
Today while doing news photography I was covering the French climber Alain Robert’s appearance at the Downing Centre courts in Sydney. Robert who calls himself “the real Spiderman”, yesterday climbed the 41 storey Royal Bank of Scotland building in Sydney’s central business district without any ropes or assistance. He faced a charge of risking the safety of another, and was fined $750 by the magistrate. Robert has climbed over 80 structures around the world and was last in the headlines in Australia when he climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2003.
What I found most impressive about Robert, aside from his incredible climbing ability, was the outfit which he wore to his court appearance. He turned up in a bright red leather jacket and black leather trousers which both had “Mellencamp” emblazoned on them! I’m assuming that’s John Cougar? He looked more like a rock star about to go onstage. Priceless!
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