This image was from my first assignment at the Colac Herald, which gave me a start as a press photographer.
I’d just started work there as a journalist but my heart was with photography – I’d been trying to get my foot in the door for two years. So I began taking my camera everywhere – including the races where we were having our work Xmas party. The Herald’s regular photographer didn’t want to cover it – he just wanted to have a few drinks and wind down.
After the races I went back to the office to scan in my pictures and my editor was there too, so I showed him and he ran a double page spread in the next edition. In his office a few days later he said that the staff photographer was stretched for time and that I should take my camera to all my interviews and start doing my own photographs.
I got my start.