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.
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.
Not just another ordinary night at Etihad but the first Melbourne Derby between Melbourne Victory & the Re-branded Melbourne City F.C. In front of a sold out crowd, spectators were spoilt with goals in an entertaining first half with Melbourne City F.C with the assistance of World Cup Winner David Villa, seeing their side go into half time at 2-2 against the highly rated Victory. The second half however was one way traffic with Melbourne Victory showing why they are the standout side so far this season ending up victors 5-2.
From a photographers point of view, as always i ended up shooting at the end with the least amount of goals. Even the rare chance to shoot a football superstar in David Villa proved to be anti-climatic as his teammates (albeit for a brief period of 4 games) hardly passed him the ball. Anyway below are a few of my selects from the evening.