Crew on board the Chilean Naval frigate talking to race HQ in Spain from Diego Ramirez island.
The "mission" was to cover the Volvo Ocean Race yachts rounding Cape Horn as well the changing of the lighthouse keeper on Diego Ramirez island, the world's most southerly island in the drake passage.
The location was massive a bucket list tick, but the pressure to deliver on time was immense.
Our team of 4 had to deliver pictures and video to the world as soon as technologically possible from almost the bottom of the world. The satellite data terminal we carried with us could only just locate the satellites above the horizon we were so far south on the planet
Photographing the bivouac (race camp) in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Boiling by day, freezing by night.
The Dakar is a two week motorsport adventure across the continent of South America. Often called the worlds toughest motor race, it's also one of the most extreme events to cover as a media team.
My role has been covering the event for various teams including the Red Bull winning team in 2017.
Shooting the magazine cover as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern seaboard of Cape Town.
While shooting this magazine cover in Cape Town South Africa, we caused a bit more of a stir than we planned. Cars right behind our heels on the main road kept slowing to rubber neck on our steamy scene until one of them piled into the back of another car. The guy inside blamed us for causing the accident. Maybe he was right?
Imagine the panic when your engine is standing open and an Atacama desert sandstorm rips through the Dakar bivouac. It ain't pretty, although the picture was.
The Dakar is about as cool as it gets in our job, but when a dust storm like this whips up the fesh-fesh you want to be anywhere else but here.
TOYOTA COROLLA QUEST
They call it the toughest race on earth. For the media crews who cover the race it is one of the toughest sporting assignments on earth.
In January 2014, 2015 & 2016 I was contracted as part of a 2 man media to produce content for the Toyota Team during their quest for Dakar glory.
Having finished 3rd and 2nd in the first two events hopes were high for the top spot of the podium. Unfortunately they only managed a 4th in the end but the tale of that story was epic in it's grandest proportions.
*They finally won it in 2019
TOYOTA HILUX CAMPAIGN
The Hilux is one of Toyota's most important brands and the marketing campaign around this car is a pretty prestigious account.
I was very fortunate to be asked to do the photography for this campaign and together with the agency spent a brilliant week in the Namib desert on the shoot.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
10 months away. 9 countries, 5 continents, 80 000 air miles. Would I do it again? I did. Three times altogether.
The brief from Volvo Car in Sweden was to photograph the latest model range in a golfing environment. It just happens that Volvo sponsor the World Match Play Championship and it made sense to head off to the Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria on the Black Sea a week ahead of the tournament to do the shoot. It was a fun gig, but I won't drive across Bulgaria again to get there, that's not for sissies.