It's always good to look back through your old photos and remember, both the stories of the subject and how you got the image.
Here are just a couple of mine, I'd like to share.
One of the career achievements I'm happy with, is when I was sent to Coles Bay on a rumour that a BHP CEO was hiding there from the media, he had left the mining giant BHP after just six months, with a reported $30 million severance package.
So armed with only a photo of him in a suit, it was time to search. Spending lots of time driving around and looking everywhere, but without any luck, and no one knowing who I was after, I decided to get some lunch at Freycinet Lodge. Sitting down at an outside table enjoying the view and great food I started to wonder what to do next. A man and his family sat at a table opposite me, and you always look to see if you know them, a few second looks and a quick getting the ID photo out of my pocket, I realised ... I had found him.
So with a deep breath I approached nervously, asked very politely if I could take his photo and waited for a strong reply of "no go away", but was surprised when he said, "yes". It had to be of him only without the family. As he gave me the exclusive photo opportunity, I wanted to not take up too much of his time and keep him close by his family and their table and managed to get the family in the background along with the iconic view of the Hazards.
It's was that time of year when little angels practice for their Christmas concert and just sometimes syncronisation is a struggle. Lining up the little dancers, and help from dancing teacher Kate Wilson we attempted a long line-up on the balance beam. and with young dancers who were excited to be in the paper were full of smiles and giggles. Sometimes the shots during the set-up are the best and ones you end up using. Each of the dancers were all doing something different, and you can imagine being there trying to get them to be still ... can't you!
Former The Examiner chief reporter Alison Andrews and I were invited to see how the Ben Lomond Ski Patrol and their volunteers operate around the slopes of Ben Lomond.
Arriving at the Ski Patrols lodge, warm clothing on, camera bag packed on to the snowmobile and off out into their big white office. They were simulating a rescue from the top of the mountain. we had a injured person in place and the scenario began. It was interesting to watch and photograph how they search and check them for the injuries before preparing to be tightly wrapped into a sled.
Once the patient is on the rescue sled, the long slide back to the Ski Patrol HQ begins.
The annual Penny Farthing championships at Evandale, always provide good photographs.
They used to have a race called the Evandale sprint on the Friday before the weekends racing. This is where riders would go down the airport runway in between the planes landing at Launceston airport, they'd let 50-odd penny farthings jump out on the runway and have a race.
I had shot the sprint from the back of a station wagon, and had the best view. The race started with all getting away well and then halfway down the runway, disaster struck and unfortunately Andrew Weggener and Douglas Gray collided and crashed to the runway.
Celebrities visit Tassie often, and the travel shows are always here. In 2002, we caught up with Getaway's Catriona Rowntree outside the Ross Bakery, which is one of my favourite bakeries. They were highlighting the midlands and stopped at the bakery. Her car for the show was a yellow Mini, and just suited the image I wanted.
Not all our assignments are happy, in 2003 the Freycinet Golf club house, near Coles Bay was destroyed by fire. There were no firefighters or investigators there, and the club house was all fenced off. Only the club house was damaged, the greens and surrounding area was saved from fire. I didn't want a photo of just the burnt rubble, and while walking around the scene, two golfers had finished their game and making their way back the car park.
They both agreed to help me out by finishing off their day sitting in front of the remains.
Kids love having their photo taken, so they can be in the paper.
The fun part is when an Olympic swimmer arrives at a school and you have to choose which kids to photograph. So the easy way to decide was to photograph them all. Kieren Perkins was very obliging and taking up the central position. The kids were excited so they all kept looking at the camera, made it easy.
This time I didn't worry about getting names left to right, think the caption would have been bigger than the photo.
There is always a story about getting the photos, and not just the story of the people in them.
Until next time,
Paul Scambler, Senior Photographer.