As a photographers assistant you get to travel to some pretty cool places and meet some inspiring people along the way. Back in 2010 I was fortunate enough to get a call from Gavin Schneider of Gavin Schneider Productions here in Cape Town and he said he had recommended me as an assistant to Bryan Adams, who as you might know is an exceptional photographer and personally one of my favourite artists that defined a large part of my life growing up with his music.
While Bryan was on his Skin And Bones in tour in SA he had made arrangements to photograph Archbishop Desmond Tutu for an ongoing project which he called Luminaries at the time. A national treasure of South Africa Mr Tutu was an absolute delight and invited us after a short portrait session to share a cup of tea with himself and his office staff.
I carried my camera a lot more often back then and as the pair of them sat down to a warm cuppa tea and shared a joyous moment I snapped a single frame on my old Minolta SRT303 loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400.
On the way back to Bryan’s hotel where we shared lunch he was on the phone, proposing when he gets back to London; “How would you feel if I photographed you without your sunglasses Elton?”