“ I always seek to find images that capture the character of the athlete, or that in some way tell a story that’s unfolding.”
LD: How old are you, where were you brought up, and where do you spend most of your time now?
LD: Had you always wanted to be a photographer, or did you drop another career for the adventures of photography?
My career after skydiving became radio, as a sports presenter for commercial radio. This gave me privileged access to many amazing sports events, and soon, I was using that to capture images as well. When I left full time radio, it was to start my media company which offers a complete package, (radio, photography, video, MC, and social media) so I’m still fortunate to cover a variety of events on multiple levels. As I’ve moved along combining sport photography with outdoor photography, my focus has shifted towards video, but I’ve maintained a love for shooting stills, albeit with very limited equipment. I’ve always tried to find images that focus on the character of the athlete, or in some way, tell a story that is unfolding. As a result, many of my images I wouldn’t consider to be classic or even technically good, but for me, they tell me a story of what was happening at that time, a ‘moment’ I’ve tried to capture. I’ve also become an ambassador for GoPro South Africa, so my other big passion in my images is to specialise in putting myself into places that one cannot get with a big DSLR camera, and to capture some really unusual, funky images.
LD: Do you have any cliffhangers or near-misses you can tell us about? Lost/smashed equipment? Extreme weather conditions?
LD: What has been your most memorable trail running shoot?
LD: What has been the most uncomfortable or dangerous position you’ve had to be in for a shoot?