Mark Sutton – Life Through a Lens – Hasta la vista, Melbourne

Australian Grand Prix Race

Camera model: NIKON D4S Exposure time: 1/800s | Aperture: F5 Flash | ISO speed: 250 Lens 70-200mm Zoom.

I’ll Be Back

I already knew Arnie was at the circuit because I had done a photoshoot with him earlier but someone had mentioned he was going on the podium. You could see the shock on Lewis’ face when he came out because I don’t think the drivers knew. Lewis joked about his height and Arnie said he usually wears high heels and I think he does, he looked very small. It’s quite a funny sequence and with Arnie there they were always going to say “I’ll be back” and I thought it was great when they did on the podium. Hopefully we see him again this season because I think he took a lot of attention away from the dull race. He was also spot on with the microphone, he was very smooth and I don’t think he said one thing wrong throughout and asked very good questions. All in all, very entertaining!

Australian Grand Prix Race

Camera model: NIKON D4S | Exposure time: 1/400s | Aperture: F11 | ISO speed: 200 | Lens 70-200mm Zoom.

A curious attitude

I still can’t work out what Lewis’ problem is with photographers and I feel like something needs to be said about it. This was when the drivers were lining up for the national anthem, where he has to take his hat off. We all realise he’s got this mohican and I just feel like saying ‘it’s bloody hair, Lewis, nobody cares, it’s a haircut’. It’s like he’s got an issue of photographers taking pictures of his hair. In this case he turned away from us and I can’t work it out. It would be nice to sit down with him and ask him what his issue is. Our job is to take pictures so whenever we see him outside of the car we need to ‘pap’ him – what I call pap is not what he thinks a pap is. It felt like a bit of an insult. If he’s got an issue, just come and tell us because we’re all working together at the end of the day. It’s like he’s getting a bit arrogant. We did a Red Nose Day photo with Mercedes that weekend with Nico and the team. Lewis turned up and then hid at the back of the car. We’re doing it to promote the charity and if we can’t see him or his t-shirt, how is it going to promote anything? Nico came forward, posed with the red nose, posed with the t-shirt. You want as much publicity as possible and it was a bit spoilt by Lewis hiding out the back. On the grid for the national it was the same story.

Australian Grand Prix Race

Camera model: NIKON D4S | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F10 Flash | ISO speed: 200 | Lens: 70-200mm zoom.

Go, go, go!

This just looks a bit sparse because there’s two more cars missing after Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat failed to make it to the grid. So it’s two more cars on top of Bottas, the two Marussia’s and even Caterham if you think back to 2014. So in theory it’s seven cars missing from last year and it looks a bit sparse. It’s sad because we need those cars on the grid to give the fans watching in the crowd a show. Despite the limited numbers its still a spectacular start shot because there’s the people in the background, that main grandstand is a great place for fans to sit. Obviously it was a sunny day, there’s Melbourne signs, there’s a blue sky – it’s your typical Melbourne shot, the sort of shot which will be used as a preview of the Australian Grand Prix in years to come. This is the first time I did that shot, I was originally down for Turn 2 until a last-minute change and I’m glad I did because it’s a nice final picture.


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