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faces appear in the crowd. There’s a sea of human interaction and little moments to be captured. My background is wildlife photography and a big part of that discipline is to blend in and get on with your work without disturbing the ebb and flow of the environment you’re in. Shooting in the paddock or pit is much the same, most of the time you just want to be ignored and to be able to shoot almost without being noticed. And I have to say, the teams and riders were very tolerant about letting me and the other photographers invade their space. ACCESS (ALMOST) ALL AREAS Whilst the access we’re granted is pretty extensive, it’s not unlimited. When we’re out shooting action on the track, we have to stay behind the point of safe protection (whether it’s a tyre wall, an earth berm or just a line painted on the ground) and we have to follow race control and the marshals’ directions to the letter. No arguments, they own the track, we’re just there on their terms. Once in a while there can be a difference of opinions about where we’re allowed access to, but there’s no point getting bent out of shape. A quick discussion with the marshals will often resolve it in our favour and if they stick to their position and won’t let us go where we think we should be allowed to go, we have accept it and work with what we’ve got. The relationship between the media photographers and track officials is really good and we often chat about what’s going on and have a laugh about the world, but know to leave each other alone to do our very different jobs when the track is live. One of the bonuses about having infield access is KIWI RIDER 53