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….
Day 2 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge A group refugees from Helmand Province ration out fire wood amongst the families living the IDP Charahi Qambar refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan. 19/2/2010
I have been nominated by Mark Dadswell(www.markdadswell.com) & Jeff Crowe (www.explorer-media.com) for the B&W challenge.
So lets go back to when my career started nearly 5 years ago.
3/2/2010 – A large number of supporters of defeated 2010 Presidential Candidate former Army General Sarath Fonseka cheer at a rally where Fonseka denounced the results and claimed that the election results were fraudulent. – Hyde Park Colombo Sri Lanka.
My 5th Melbourne cup and by now I would like to think I have got the hang of it. I have always had a love hate relationship with covering the cup, I’m not a fan of horse racing for a few reasons nor am I a fan of waiting in the VIP birdcage section for some B-grade celebrity to rock up so I can take a photo of them begrudgingly holding a lavazza coffee cup in one of the many shameless publicity displays.
What I do love though is photographing the people. It’s the one event where you get a complete cross-section of society. From the rich to the working class to the MEGA rich, to the classy, the chronic gambler, the alcoholic, the trashy and everything in between all within walking distance from one another.
The day starts with grace in all corners & generally ends with varying degrees of moral decay. To borrow a quote from Sydney Morning Herald columnist Sam de Brito (@samdebrito) Melbourne cup “It’s New Year’s Eve at 3pm with animal cruelty”. Below are a few of my selects from the day.