Se’s port Mcquarie’s queen of the social scene, our town’s sole social columnist, writing for focus since we began in 2005. Susie sits down for lunch with Kate, and it turns out She’s not just a pretty face. ….
Hi Jeremy. What originally brought you to Port Macquarie?
The lifestyle, great weather and perfect location. We sold our property in Tasmania, put the camper trailer on the back of the car, caught the ferry and headed north with no preconceived idea as to where we would end up. Then we found Port … and never left.
When and where did your interest in photography begin?
Many years ago – in Saudi Arabia, of all places. I had a great life as a child, as my parents took us all over the world with their work. I was about 14 and expressed an interest in photography, so my father bought me a rather complicated Mamiya C330, which is considered a classic nowadays. He always said if you want to learn something, you should do it properly. When I arrived back in the UK at 18, I was very lucky to be offered a job in a studio in London, and it all really started from there.
Tell us about your business, Jeremy Rogers Photography. How long has it been established, and what types of photography does it specialise in?
I have been a freelance photographer for many years and specialise in commercial, industrial and advertising photography. It is not often that an issue of FOCUS comes out that does not have my photographs in it somewhere. For example, they have recently been featured in ads for Ocean Club Resort and Adenbrook Homes. I also launched a new brand called Industrial Photography Australia about a year ago to showcase our industrial, architectural and aerial photography. How did you first become involved with Rally Australia? What have been some of the rolesyou’ve been involved in with this organization? Rally photography is my passion, and I’m very lucky to have travelled all over the world because of it. I have been the official photographer for Rally Australia since it returned to the WRC calendar in 2009, and I also produce the media photographers’ guide for the event each year as well.
So, to further expand on this, describe the media guide you’ve produced for Rally Australia. What’s involved with this project – have you worked on it again this year?
Yes, this is the fourth one I’ve put together. The media guide is given out to all the accredited international and Australian photographers and TV crews. I drive the rally stages multiple times looking for great photo spots and then draw up diagrams with example images plus information on access roads, times and the GPS co-ordinates. As you can imagine, if you are an accredited photographer who arrives straight from Europe for the weekend and then have to scour the forests for picture locations, this is a great help.
Round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship, the Coates Hire Coffs Coast Rally Australia event, will take place in Coffs Harbour on September 12th, 13th and 14th. What will your responsibilities be during the event?
Well … it’s not all glamour, I can tell you. It is dirty, tiring work. We often have to walk kilometers carrying heavy gear to reach a good photo point which we have identified during our pre-event reconnaissance – preferably one rival photographers have not found – work fast to cover as many stages as possible each day and return to the Media Centre at day’s end caked in dust. We will then start a long night sorting, editing, captioning, uploading or emailing hundreds of images for websites and media clients.
What are some of your tips for the best vantage points to view all the action at the rally?
My top point to view the cars from over the weekend would have to be Sunday’s VisitNSW.com
Flooded Gums Rally Village. You can see the dust and hear the noise as the cars descend into the valley. They then approach the lower spectator area through a water splash before turning hard right and heading uphill. There is also a spot that I have picked out near the upper spectator area that could well be a jump for the faster cars. On Saturday, the ECB Rally Village is a great spot too. The cars descend downhill at very high speed before negotiating a 90 degree left that proved very challenging to more than a few cars last year. If you are fi t enough, you can hike to the top of the hill for a panoramic view, or you can also go on the inside of the corner and watch the different styles the drivers have as they approach and exit it.
What’s some advice you can give to budding photographers who’d like to specialise in action shots – the skills involved must be quite different from portraiture or landscape photography, for example?
My advice for any budding rally photographers out there is to experiment with how you shoot. If you have
a jump or water splash and want to freeze the action, then fine – use a fast shutter speed of at least 1/1000th of a second. But if you want to try something different, slow it right down to 1/125th and try panning with the car to blur the background and really show of the speed of the car. This can also work well if you find you have arrived too late for the best spot and the background is not as nice as it could be. Don’t just crop tight on the car either.
Try shooting wider and incorporating parts of the scenery like the trunks of gum trees or old farm fences. Don’t forget your fellow spectators can also be very photogenic, with their colourful flags and banners.
Where can people go to see samples of your work, or to find out more info about your business?
Rally Australia followers will be able to see my work posted every day of the event in the gallery at ww.rallyaustralia.com.au and in publications around the world after. You can also visit my websites to view my other photography www.jrphoto.com.au and www. industrialphotos.com.au
Thanks Jeremy. Interview by Jo Atkins.