I think there comes a time where one must evaluate and rethink the choices they have made. This is one of those times, for the past decade (approximately) I have spent a great deal of time and money in the persuit of sports photography, especially Motorsports photography.
I am of the opinion that I have achieved all I am going to achieve and that it's time to pack up stumps and find another challenge, one that involves a lot less money but equal in satisfaction. So hence I have embarked on a journey of learning and finally got around to enrolling in University and a Bachelor of Communication - Journalism.
Where this new direction will lead is anybodies guess, but so far it has opened my eyes to some topics that I have tried to avoid like the plague i.e. Politics, what's with that? Do we really have a true understanding of this topic or are our decissions made on emotions?
I am very appreciative and grateful to those that I have met, worked along side, told to bugger off and generally had the great plaesure of taking the piss out of over this time. One of these people amazed the crap out of me last year by offering an opportunity to photograph what I class as the pinicle of an Australian motorsports photographers wish list, that being a V8 Supercar event.
Some of the other highlights have been, the inaugural (and only) year of the Australian Rugby Union CHampionships in Melbourne, The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and who could forget six years of the Moorilla Hobart Tennis International. But, the biggest highlight would have to be when I got a phone call from John Bowe himself to ask if I would mind taking a few snaps at Historic Baskerville last year.
The future will now see photography and myself going back to the beginning and attending the local grassroots events here in Tassie, having fun and working on adding the words to go along with the images I create. With any luck, good grace and the planets aligning I will have a regular feature in the Hobart Sporting Car Club's 'Sporting Motorist' by-monthly newsletter. This will be done in conjunction with my Davo's Yarns website.
There is also the little topic of travel writting, what a better way to come up with excuses for a holiday than to travel around Aus and pen a few words about what you see and experience. Let's face it, there is no reason to die wondering what could have been.
How good would it be to hop aboard Australia's Indian Pacific in Sydney and travel the full width of Aus. and alight in Perth a few days later. Just kicking back and chatting with fellow travellers and listening to their stories etc.
If you thought you were going to find some long winded tirade into why I have decided to pack up stumps, I make no apologies for your dissappointment. I don't feel that a full explanation is in order to anybody except myself, and that I have done.