Wallabies tour – week one

Lock Kane Douglas in front of a Wallaby, not a koala bear, at Soldier Field.

I’ve just completed my first week with the Wallabies as the Australian Rugby Union’s official World Cup photographer. My job is to visually document Australia’s (hopefully successful) quest to win rugby’s holy grail and I’ve just covered the squad’s Captain’s Run at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the eve of their one-off … Continued

Cagefighting hits Melbourne

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Welcome to the bizarro world of cagefighting. It is a sport, apparently, which comes across more as a brutal and violent form of theatre – but it’s a lot safer in Victoria than it was two weeks ago. Earlier this month the state’s new Labor government followed through on a pre-election … Continued

Belinda and Harley’s bayside bash

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This was a pleasure and a privilege. Two brides – completely in love – and an international cast of family and friends intent on celebrating that fact. I think the lobbyists and politicians who allow Australia’s draconian attitude toward same-sex marriage to prevail need to hang out with Belinda and … Continued

A black and white snapshot

Mexican-based artist Mike Monahan.

As a bit of a taster of what’s to come in the next few months, I’ve compiled the five images from my black and white photo challenge. I was nominated for this Facebook fad by fellow photographers Jake Nowakowski and Angie Simms and, looking at the images now, it’s actually a decent snapshot … Continued

Roller derby – southern style

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When I arrived in New Orleans on Friday I thought I might find jazz, cajun food and southern hospitality – but I didn’t expect roller derby. My host Jenn treated us to an afternoon of high-octane entertainment on Saturday, complete with tailgate party, as the local Crescent Wenches took on … Continued

Burning Man – the job

This photographer used the 'sports tape and Yoda' method of protecting his gear.

The intention of this post is to assist other media professionals preparing to cover Burning Man for the first time. I read many such accounts in the lead-up to my first Burn and, while nothing can fully prepare you for Black Rock City, they still helped immeasurably. Covering Burning Man … Continued

Burning Man – the reflection

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Burning Man is impossible. The implausibility begins with the bare facts, becomes increasingly unbelievable in the build up and then there’s the moment you first see it in full flow. I’m not sure there’s a single word for it. It’s like falling down the rabbit hole into a Mad Max … Continued

Burning Man – the article

Elena dances at dawn near The Pier Group's sculpture Embrace.

This is the unedited version of a feature commissioned by News Corp Australia, published in the Sunday Herald Sun on October 12, 2014. What is Burning Man? Well, if you haven’t been, I can almost guarantee it’s not what you think. It’s as individual as the 65,922 people who this … Continued

Lourdes and her list

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At the start of 2014, Lourdes Rodrigo made a bucket list. She was 35, but middle age would not weary her. This was to be a year of travel, of trying new things, of empowerment and achievement. Along with ziplining, learning to swim and playing the ukulele, one item on … Continued

The Big White wedding

Aaron and Helen in party mode before their wedding at Big White, Canada.
Click here to read my blog entry on this wedding.

Snow wasn’t something I was terribly familiar with before this year, but Aaron and Helen’s Big White Wedding changed all that. The couple are good friends of mine who now live in Toronto and they decided on a destination wedding with a difference, holding their nuptials at Big White Ski … Continued