Six years ago, Rip it Up Magazine sent me on a very special assignment: To go behind the scenes at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards to capture the performing artists candidly at work. At that time it was held at the Auckland Town Hall, which is just as stunning as the people it housed for the prestigious event.
I remember feeling both anxious and excited, as it was something that was still quite new to me, but it didn’t take long to realise that backstage photography was 100% my cup of tea. Wandering the halls inconspicuously seemed to come as second nature, and before I knew it, I had everything I needed to create my first photo essay for the magazine.
Fast-forward to 2016, and I’ve just completed my sixth annual Silver Scroll Awards – now held at Vector Arena, and shot for the organisers. A much larger venue, it has the potential to become quite the mission to get around, but I love checking out all of the nooks and crannies to see what’s on offer.
This year’s event felt strangely stress-free, which made shooting an absolute breeze, and I loved seeing some of the same performers from my ‘first time’. I got that new feeling again, and I love that! It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I’m filled with so much wonder and joy…It always reminds me of why I started out in the first place, and that is such a precious gift!