Kevin Rudd in Springwood, Blue Mountains – news, commercial photographer Darren Edwards

For 15 years I worked as a news photographer for Newsltd, covering everything from news, sport and events as it happened. I left News almost 5 years ago to pursue my passion to run my own photography studio and to teach photography to the many keen and eager to follow their own dreams.

I was surprised and excited to receive a call from AAP (Australian Associate Press) last Saturday morning asking me to ‘cover’ PM Kevin Rudd appearing in Springwood. With only 30 minutes notice I set off with my camera and lenses making mental notes in the car on my way there, recalling the many times before when I’d been a part of the media scrum that inevitably follows a PM.

It has been nearly 5 year since I worked in newspapers but I reckon I’ve still got what it takes. Its so much about anticipation when it comes to covering these events. Trying to anticipate what will happen next so you can be in the right place to capture that moment as it happens. At times your ears can be just as useful as your eyes, such as listening to the ‘minders’ or ‘drivers’ talk about where ‘he’ is going next or how this visit is planned to unfold can help you stay a step ahead. I overheard the PM’s driver speaking to NSW police officer about which stops ‘he’ would make in Springwood, from café to cake shop, book shop, butcher and church sausage sizzle.

The result was selection of 12 images on the AAPnewswire and a front page image on the Sun Herald. I still get a buzz from it even after all these years.

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