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I was born in Rome, Italy, in 1968 to Australian parents travelling through Europe doing the ’60s thing. We returned to Australia and Brisbane in 1974.
My childhood and formative years were spent in Brisbane and, after graduating from high school in 1985, I spent the following year working an assortment of part-time jobs. It was during this year I started taking photos and spent 1987-88 studying photography at the Queensland College of Art.
My career began as a cadet photographer on The Canberra Times newspaper in 1989, before moving back to Brisbane and The SUN in 1990.
I began freelancing as a news photographer in 1991 and in 1992 moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I worked as a freelance news/tabloid photographer for more than five years. During this time I had work published in every major Scottish and London-based newspaper.
In 1998 I left Scotland and hitchhiked all the way around Australia, photographing everyone who gave me a lift and writing about each hitch (...so I did, available through Smashwords - see below).
I live in Brisbane and no longer work in the media. Instead, I work on my own projects, some photographic, some not.
on June 19, 2013 :
Deep Fried Pizza reads like a riotous run of a hit sitcom. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, this a tale about a bawdy band of flat mates making some time for school and work amid their more important pursuits of football, girls, beer and more beer. The main character, a photojournalist pushed to making a buck via cycles of tabloid-snatching sin and remorse, ties it all together in a remarkably descriptive and hilarious narrative. The writer’s character development, pithy wit, and descriptions are so good, I actually find myself missing the boys, their laugh-out-loud antics, and their bewildering Scottish accents. I do not, however, miss the smell of their flat. It’s a fun, fun read.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on Oct. 03, 2011 :
An extremely funny and somewhat tragic story of life as a tabloid photographer. Steve, an Australian, is living the bachelor life in Scotland pursuing his interest in photojournalism, but he finds it's ultimately not as peachy as he thought it would be.
The writing is funny and has an authentic, down-to-Earth voice. I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Fried Pizza. It gave me a window into another world. The book's excellent writing had me laughing out loud at some of the strange situations Steve Butcher worked himself into. I recommend the book to anyone (even those with no interest in photojournalism) who wants a a very funny account of the trials of bachelor life and paparazzi snapping.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2011 :
As I am in the same business I can relate to this book. If readers want to find out more about the lengths news photographers have to go to get a picture, how they operate and the camaraderie that exists between competing photographers (despite the best efforts of various editors) then read this book. It is funny and true to life.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Sep. 05, 2011 :
Tears of laughter!
Deep Fried Pizza opens a window into Scottish life through the eyes of a seemingly familiar Aussie character, Steve. Steve's tales are rather enlightening for those who have never lived the bachelor's life! His drunken antics had me in tears of laughter. I loved it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)