The last Olympics featured 204 nations competing in over 300 events over 19 days; the last Fifa world cup had 32 teams & went for 32 days.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup however, consists of only 14 teams and 49 matches yet it goes on for 49 days….6 weeks!!
To put that into perspective a Pre-Season AFL tournament started & finished during the World Cup.
Some Journalists even went on holiday during the World Cup & came back without missing much.
I still don’t see what justification there is for a major sporting event to go on for so long. As the tournament went on, column inches in the papers shrunk which reflected the interest of the event as a whole. The ICC would argue that this was the most viewed, ‘tweeted’, ‘instagrammed’ & ‘facebooked’ event in the history of the sport. The genius at the ICC who came up with that fact obviously chose to ignore that more people use social media since the last World Cup. It’s like saying “more people travel internationally since the launch of commercial aviation.”
I doubt there would be one person that would argue cricket needs such a long world cup. If the reasoning is logistics & player wellbeing I point to the FIFA world cup; an event which has more teams, more matches & players prone to more fatigue than cricketers, not to mention it’s a much bigger event, yet it goes on for just over 1 month.
How is one-day cricket supposed to sell itself to the masses when a 6 week tournament only has 3 ‘exciting’ matches? One of which featured two countries that are semi-professional at best.
My suggestions are simple; keep the tournament to 14 teams, have the tournament in one country only, ensure every team plays at least twice a week & keep the tournament under 1 month.
I ended up covering 9 matches between Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand. It was an enjoyable World Cup from a photographer’s point of view; it was great to catch up with colleagues from all over the world, the cricket, whilst not exciting did provide some great images for most photographers. Below are a few of my own selects.
I only found out I was covering the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix three days out from the race. Covering my hometown race for the first time (finally) with little preparation I didn’t have much time to get acquainted with that F1 Paddock lifestyle, instead it was early morning starts & very late finishes.
Considering I’ve driven along the track hundreds of times, I still needed to re-familiarise myself with the track & figure the best angles to shoot from & where the sun would hit at certain times. My ‘Home ground advantage’ counted for little when the whole course is basically fenced like a birdcage.
Unashamedly I spent hours on Thursday night going through archives of Melbourne f1 photos, looking to see what works & what doesn’t. Even though Formula 1 isn’t a sport I specialise in I’m always looking at the work of f1 photographers as inspiration for my own work. Their composition & use of available light is unique when compared to most sports & a lot can be learnt from their work.
Below are a few of my selects from the weekend, now it’s back to covering this never ending Cricket World Cup.
While on assignment in Sydney covering a Cricket World Cup match, I had the chance to shoot the famous Mardi-Gras. An error of judgement on my part meant I missed the chance to get into my media bay on time. I ran the risk of being run over by the float aptly named ‘Dykes on Bikes’ so chose to photograph amongst the punters. With people towering over one another to get a brief glimpse i had no chance of getting any viewing let alone footage. Consequently I missed the chance to shoot the actual parade which was a shame. However, I did get the chance to shoot some of the pre-parade preparations in the marshalling area. I found shooting here far more interesting as it allowed for more candid shots as participants got ‘glittered up’ before the big parade.
My first major political summit, first of many I hope. I have always had a great interest in geo-politics so getting the ‘guernsey’ to cover G20 was certainly a privilege. In saying this I wouldn’t be lying if I said it was a bit anti-climatic from a photographers point of view as most sessions were highly restricted for accredited media. Photographing press conferences can be mundane at the best of times let alone in rooms where the light is even & the backgrounds the same from most angles, so whenever the chance to shoot something slightly different presented itself I made sure to jump on it. Nevertheless being in the presence of some of the world biggest movers & shakers, the various press corps & delegates made for an interesting experience.
Day 5 of 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge a good place to end at Flinders Street station in my home city of Melbourne.
Thanks all for looking at my work over the last 5 days, its been good for me to go back through my archive.
If you would like to see some Australia’s leading Photojournalists & Sport photographers work during the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge highly regarded & well respected Australian Photojournalist Brian Cassey (www.briancasseyphotographer.com) has been kind enough to compile a list of photographers work over on his blog. http://www.briancasseyphotographer.com/blog/2014/11/5-day-bw-challenge/
Day 4 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge
A former Mujahideen Soldier poses for a portrait at a Bazaar in Bagram.
A bit of a story about this pic. This man pictured tried to get my attention from the other side of the road, i asked my fixer what the issue was & all he wanted a photo taken of him, so i happily obliged.
We spoke (through my fixer) & i found out he fought for the Mujahideen against the Russians & stepped on a land mine. We spoke a bit more about apples & cricket of all things. I asked him if he was going to be around the bazaar for long & told him to hang around cause i want to get the photo printed & hand it to him. An hour later i got the print but couldn’t find the man….