I found my 1994 San Marino Grand Prix accreditation in the loft at my parents house the other week:
There are defining moments in a photographers career. Mine was 20 years ago today at the Imola race circuit in Italy.
One of the reasons I got into this job was so that I could follow the Formula One world championship around the world.
The sound of the Ferrari V12 up close. Seriously, for a petrol head there was nothing better!
I got my chance when a now defunct magazine commissioned me to shoot the 1994 season.
After 7 laps of the San Marino grand prix a lot of lives were changed. It’s an event when you remember where you were. I realised now it doesn’t make any difference that I just happened to be there.
I was there for the glitz, the glamour, the colour, the competition. I never expected death. Now, looking back I realise I was a very naive young man.
I was going to write about the experience of the weekend, but then I thought everyone who was there has their own story, along as everyone who wasn’t.
It’s amazing to think that a sportsman could touch the lives of so many people. It shows the strength and the talent of the great man, and the same for Sport.