Like most folk I never quite got it together to buy tickets for the London 2012 Olympics. So when the opportunity came along to cover the Paralympics for The Sun newspaper I jumped at the chance. Someone once told me that working as a press photographer will never make you rich, but occasionally it can give you access to events that money can't buy. The Paralympics was one of those great moments. Who wouldn't enjoy walking past the 'best seats in the house', to sit in your slightly better seats in the house, and being paid for the privilege.
Covering major events like this can prove to be as demanding logistically as it can be photographically. The logistics are usually tackled by having a well briefed team of photographers working closely with each other. However It wasn't until I arrived on day one that it became clear I was to be the only photographer covering the entire event for The Sun. Needless to say there was to be many long days spent running around with heavy camera gear in tow. Perhaps this was best summed up by the last couple of days. Shooting the Athletics until late evening on Saturday night, followed by a 5am start on The Mall for the Marathon, followed then by the closing Ceremony back at the stadium, resulting in a 22 hour day with around 4 hours sleep the night before.
The pressure felt when I realised I was to be working alone was soon replaced with excitement as I realised I had free reign to cover all the top events without any need for negotiation with other photographers. A complete luxury.
Below is a small selection of images taken during my time at the London 2012 Paralympics.