KIWI RIDER 05 2018 VOL.1 | Page 50

Behind every picture there’s a story. This is the story of being behind the camera at SBK Phillip Island. BEHIND THE LENS R ocking up to Phillip Island on the first day of World Superbikes Round 1, I did have a slight sense of foreboding. And it wasn’t about the Phillip Island weather... I’m quite used to that being in a world of its own and going from sunburn to hypothermia in half an hour. The source of my worries was my accreditation as a media photographer. I’m reasonably new to this game and don’t take anything for granted. Being given infield access to a big event is a big (for big, read huge) deal to me and what Dorna giveth, Dorna can taketh away. OK, maybe I was being a bit paranoid as I did have the coveted email confirming my accreditation, but I’d had one of those back in October for MotoGP and that hadn’t gone so well. A misalignment of planets meant that when I got there I didn’t actually have access to the infield of the track to shoot, which limited me to shooting from the spectator areas and that took a couple of days 50KIWI RIDER to resolve, which wasn’t ideal. In the meantime I did have access to the media centre where at least the coffee was good, and I got to meet some international photographers whose work I really admire... you’ve got to look on the bright side of things, even if it’s a bit of a stretch. But coming into World Supers, I really hoped that I wasn’t going to get a re-run of the MotoGP experience, because I love the event and really wanted to get into the thick of the action. In the end, I shouldn’t have worried as the planets had a different alignment; as well as infield track access, Dorna rather unexpectedly gave me pit lane and grid access as well – something of a big smiley moment. TELL A STORY What’s it like to have all that access thrown at you? As my colleague, and monumentally talented and experienced photographer, Andrew Gosling says,