A trip to Trumpland

The ubiquitous Trump 'Make America Great Again!' yard sign in rural Ohio.

In late June 2015 I caught a lift with two friends out of a music festival in rural Oregon. On our way back to Portland reality slapped us in the face with the news Donald Trump had announced he was running for President. ‘No way’, said one of my friends. … Continued

Wallabies tour – the final

A penny for David Pocock's thoughts here.

Now I know why they call it ‘the final’.  For 12 months the Wallaby juggernaut slowly gathered pace until, during the last week of the World Cup, it seemed to be hurtling almost inevitably toward rugby’s ultimate prize. Then, we lost, and there was overwhelming finality on almost every front. … Continued

Wallabies tour – week eight

Adam Ashley-Cooper is mobbed by Bernard Foley, Will Genia and Israel Folau after scoring the first try in Australia's semi-final win over Argentina.

This is my eighth weekly image post as official photographer for the Wallabies during the 2015 World Cup. Click the links to view visuals from; Week one Week two Week three Week four Week five Week six Week seven … or check out my time lapse video of the semi-final … Continued

Wallabies tour – week seven

A portrait of Scott Fardy which graced the front and back pages of various Fairfax publications on Sunday.

This is my seventh weekly image post as official photographer for the Wallabies during the 2015 World Cup. Click the links to view visuals from; Week one Week two Week three Week four Week five Week six When Scotland’s Mark Bennett caught James Slipper’s errant pass on Sunday and sprinted … Continued

Wallabies tour – week six

Australia's Sekope Kepu acknowledges the Herculean effort.

This is my sixth weekly image post as official photographer for the Wallabies during the 2015 World Cup. Click the links to view visuals from; Week one Week two Week three Week four Week five On paper Australia’s defeat of Wales on Saturday reads exactly the same as the triumph … Continued

Wallabies tour – week five

The Australian team coach arrives at the gates of Twickenham for Saturday's clash with England.

This is my fifth weekly image post as official photographer for the Wallabies during the 2015 World Cup. Click the links to view visuals from; Week one Week two Week three Week four How low can your chariot go? Well, I can tell you England’s wagon is plunging to new … Continued

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

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