I started my photography career early in my teens at my high school in the U.S.A. where I was the photo editor on the student annual and photographer for the student newspaper. I had a head start with photography as a boy as my father was a sports and travel photographer. After moving to Europe on a study abroad program I landed a job with Reuters news agency as a freelance photographer in Madrid, Spain in 1989. Between 1989 and 2018 I worked at Reuters photographing and editing some of the world's top news and sports stories ranging from Summer and Winter Olympics, Tour de France cylcing races, World Cups, as well as breaking news events ranging from topics such as the Gulf War to political summits in countries around the world. I currently work as a freelance photographer for American news agency Bloomberg and Spain's national news agency EFE where one of my current projects involves training staff photographers and photo editors to streamline realtime news and sports photo production.
I would sum up the characteristics of a great adventure and action sports image in a few words as such. An image which immediately conveys the drama, beauty, and spirit of a competition. An image which doesn’t need explaining because the viewer immediately recognises what is happening. An image which has looks so great you would want to hang it printed large on a wall to continue seeing it. An image which sticks.
In Photography, that magical moment never repeats itself, and to capture it requires planning, concentration and lots of devotion and dedication. Know the sport, study beforehand, talk to the photographers that cover that type of sport often and always look for new ways to cover an event. Especially, cover each event as if it had never been covered, stay fresh and never be complacent. Camera gear is not as important as attitude and the way you use your head, breathe and THINK.