I got in on a Sunday and started work on the Monday, no rest for the wicked..
A brand new Nikon in hand, an ipad and bag full of lenses and of course a few trusty cold speedlights, I was handed my job sheet and reminded how all this gear once was once used by a guy called Swanny, Who was he, what was his story and why did he have this reputation for being a lovely guy with a good sense of humour who took amazing pictures.. sounds like I have big shoes to fill.
Day one pressure was on, I was introduced to my new journo friends, who would soon learn of my skills as a singer on work road trips.
Launceston City, had a nice ring to it, until you realise your going the wrong, way up a one way street.. Something I was going to need to learn very quickly,
I had my pick-up line ‘I’ve only been here for a week’ over used in the first two weeks (behind the camera not in front of the bar)… I was stretching it out till I had to photograph the mayor for the second time.. caught out, but welcomed to his city.
The locals were the first with the two headed jokes, the mainland jokes and getting people to smile down here is easy! Front page in the first week and talks of a road trip to Hobart, plane trip to some island and an game of AFL at Auroa Stadium where trams use to operate from..
Walking down the stairs at the end of the day and I was smiling, Tasmania is truly amazing there are so many opportunities down here, it is truly a secret, one I look forward to sharing