This week we're featuring the work of the
's chief photographer, Brett Phibbs, and his extraordinary photographs of five of our Olympic athletes who will be heading to Rio shortly: Black Sticks goalkeeper Devon Manchester, K4 women's kayaker Caitlin Ryan, Football Fern Annalie Longo, Sevens rugby player Portia Woodman and shot putter Jacko Gill.
Phibbs says Olympic athletes are a pleasure to photograph, always eager to get the best possible image. Still, he adds, shooting an athlete in a studio comes with added challenges.
"I had a funny moment with New Zealand women's soccer player Annalie Longo. She wanted to do a jumping volley kick, so we had cushions on the studio floor, to break her fall. After the shoot, I was filming her doing the kick for her Instagram page, when she jumped, struck the volley in mid-air, and sent it straight into my nether regions, knocking the wind out of me, all caught on camera."
Whatever it takes, Brett, whatever it takes.
Also in Canvas tomorrow: Megan Nicol Reed questions whether Aucklanders are ruder than ever in her column this week and Annabel Langbein has a delicious guilt-free mayonnaise recipe to share.