CHARLES DENNINGTON

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Dennington was a busy man this is­sue, shoot­ing both our Cham­pion fea­ture with Rio-bound ath­letes Cameron Mcevoy, Josh Clarke and Dy­lan Al­cott (p161), and our travel suit­ing story (p84) in­side Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s new Qantas First Class Lounge.

WHAT WAS THE QANTAS FIRST CLASS LOUNGE LIKE?

The ar­chi­tec­ture was quite in­ter­est­ing; jaunty an­gles and the rep­e­ti­tion of forms through­out the space were great.

SPEAK­ING OF TRAVEL, DO YOU HAVE ANY TOP TIPS?

Ap­pre­ci­ate the hos­pi­tal­ity of­fered to you and em­brace any mis­takes you will make with lan­guage. That’s half the fun.

WHAT WERE THE ATH­LETES LIKE TO WORK WITH?

The ath­letes were all re­ally good sports, and I found Dy­lan Al­cott’s en­ergy es­pe­cially in­spir­ing.

COULDN’T AGREE MORE. DID THEY IN­SPIRE YOU TO FOL­LOW YOUR OWN OLYMPIC DREAMS?

I’ll stick to tak­ing pic­tures, I think.

FAIR ENOUGH. DO YOU PRE­FER SHOOT­ING CELEB POR­TRAITS OR FASH­ION STO­RIES?

I love doc­u­ment­ing a real-life sce­nario of a per­son liv­ing a mo­ment in their life. Fash­ion tends to in­volve a con­structed nar­ra­tive, which I also re­ally like.

ANY PHO­TOG­RA­PHERS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

I like Ger­man artist Tobias Zielony, as he has such amaz­ing ac­cess. I also like Paul Gra­ham for his abil­ity to in­stil mean­ing in oth­er­wise ba­nal, ev­ery­day scenes.

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