Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crazy English guy wearing a kilt....

Ok so some of you guys and girls are probably wondering what the hell was I doing wearing a kilt on the piste at the last day of the alpine world championships in Garmisch Partenkirchen. Well for those of you that have not heard, the race was my last ever ski race as a freelance photographer. So I thought I would go out in style wearing the Gunn tartan.

I have had to give up sports photography now due to the fact it just is not financially viable. So I shall return to London and get a full time job probably back in the security management area. I will not work as a part time photographer, as this is one of the reasons that makes it hard to work as a full time photographer, when you get bank managers, IT guys etc etc, the guys with too much extra money and no life at a weekend that they have to go take someone else’s job, and then giving their photos away for free or posting them on social networks etc without a watermark so people that may have purchased images in the past can just get a free copy. I may sound bitter and quite frankly I am, I spend hours in freezing conditions trying to get good shots only to find that clients have used a free photo which is of piss poor quality or shot from the finish area and heavily cropped into.
I often think I should go to their main place of work, do a sub standard job so they have to quit, just so they can see what it feels like....

You may see me again on a race piste but that will only be if I manage to secure a full time job as a photographer, and as there are only 3 agencies that cover all the races, this is highly unlikely to happen, but I can but hope.

Over the past 4 seasons I have had a great time, and now have some fantastic memories which will stay with me til I go senile!! My favourite memory has to be 2 years ago during the Val d'Isere World Champs, I was meant to cover them but due to my mum getting rushed to hospital I had to miss it, the young Swiss ski racer Lara Gut emailed me most days asking after my mum,

and Ana Jelusic the Croatian skier also emailed regularly.

On the race courses I have also had some fun moments, like the time I had a yard sale in Semmering a few years ago, Lindsey and Thomas Vonn skied off to pick up my ski's camera gear etc, even though they were in the middle of a course inspection. Last week has also been good because I got to see a friend become a world champion I am chuffed to bits for Ted Ligety, and I think there is lots more to come from him.

Life on the tour can be long and lonely at times, especially when travelling around in a motorhome, I have been lucky to occasionally have pretty cool neighbours like Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso, Marc Berthod, Daniela Cecarelli. On the piste I have always tried to make the working environment a fun place for me and my fellow photographers, I am always ready to play the fool, or even sometimes the dumb Englishman!!!!!

I will let you guys know what happens