Well larrikins haven’t posted a yarn for a while but I turned 50 today and let me tell you I’m as fresh as brown trout swimming up stream in a freezing cold river. The reason I posted this picture is simple, I’m with Ron McLean (The Old Cock) the best editor-journalist-newsman I’ve ever worked with in 30 years of photojournalism (by the way I’m on the left). A proud moment for me. He never wanted to leave the country regions, believed in a balanced yarn, could write like the wind and most of all loved a picture that painted a thousand words. Remember those champions? Not sure where the newspaper industry is at the moment with technology but I know one thing, people still love the print edition where a yarn and a picture can be displayed and read properly. I’m told repeatedly, we have to move to the digital aspect for the young readers … fair call I say to those still employing me … but in reality, the kids read the Intro, flick through pictures that have no impact cause they are too small (only us photographers know that) or crap frames are dragged off instagram or facebook at no cost (now that doesn’t help a freelancer). I know many people who have newspaper ink flowing through their veins, and I’m proud to say I’m one of them. Those photographers who have devoted their lives (think they know nothing else) who have lost their jobs through redundancy, cut backs etc. this is what I say to you champions “Don’t be afraid to go for another job in a different field, because you are much better qualified than the “turn outs” with the piece of paper that say they know everything. Long live press photographers and journos who love photographers. Keep the dream alive Rupert.
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