June 18th, 2008
It all starts (or started) with this one. Just think... if I hadn't gone to this one and if it hadn't resulted in at least one decent photo, I might never have done another one of these. I might not have bought this website 6 years later, might never have returned to London after leaving it, might have... you know... had a normal life instead of this... this.... thing I've got. - Me, August 1st, 2014.
I was just a young lad back then, with little idea of whether I'd even be able to cope with Charlize Theron walking past within a couple of meters of me.
So... that was premiere. In London. That I took photos at. Amazing. In retrospect, my only slight regret (then, and even a little bit now, writing this six years later) is that I didn't make the connection between the giant setup for "Speed Racer", which I walked past and noted but never investigated further, weeks (?) earlier. Had I made that my first premiere, I might have photographed either or both of Emile Hirsch or more importantly Christina Ricci - both of whom I still have not photographed.
I guess if I had to estimate what I felt walking home afterwards, it probably would have approximated to "I wonder if I'll do more of these?" the answer to which is... yeah. Alternatively / additionally, if you'd asked me who I'd most want to photograph among ALL Hollywood stars prior to this premiere, I honestly would have said "Charlize Theron". After that? Scarlett Johansson.
And I'd have had no idea at the time how long THAT would take, or if I'd be successful.
NB. Although I call this my first premiere, it's actually my first LONDON premiere. I was at the Sydney midnight screening and premiere for Star Wars Episode III in 2005 at which the dude who played Jango Fett attended (I didn't manage to photograph him) ... and back in 2003 I was in Rome when I wandered past an event that ended up being the Italian premiere to the movie "Cold Mountain". I naturally hoped that Nicole Kidman or Rennee Zellwegger would show up, but neither did : only Jude Law attended, and I got the back and side of his head. Small beginnings, people....