Simon McDonnell first picked up a camera 9 years ago when his son, Rogan was born, and he wanted to document the formative years.

Photography quickly developed into a passion and most weekends will find him at a racetrack shooting motorsport, at an airshow, or anywhere the action provides a good photographic opportunity.

Apart from the energy of motorsport photography, Simon enjoys photographing fire-fighting and search and rescue teams in action, a world he is very familiar with.

As a medic and a radio ham, Simon has been involved in Search and Rescue for as long as he can remember: in his youth as a volunteer at Benoni Fire Department, and for the last decade or so, as a volunteer with the Off Road Rescue Unit, and a member of the Rescue South Africa International Disaster Response Team.

In 2011, when the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake resulted in a devastating Tsunami which claimed the lives of almost 20 000 people, Simon was part of the Rescue SA team which flew in to assist, and in 2013 when Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Philippines, he again joined the team which responded. During his involvement in these missions, he used his camera to capture the human spirit which endures through the devastion.

"I guess the theme that threads through my photography is that of spontaneity. For me, the thrill is the challenge of capturing fleeting, candid 'moments' that tell a story and elicit an emotional response."