ALEKSANDAR JASON

What is football to you and where does your interest stem from?

Football to me is larger than life itself, early mornings with my father and grandpa - Champions League moments such as the United Treble - to running around the house thinking I was Nicky Butt or Andy Cole! Those were the days. It could also be my European bloodline, it took me a while but as I got older - I felt I was apart of a community and loved every second of it.

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To be honest photography came later on, probably around I was 19 - it's an expensive hobby at first but then it all clicks and life becomes simple. To be able to say I've worked for brands such as Nike is beyond what I could have imagined and to be able to work with Melbourne City in the A-League and document everything from signings and game days to the actual history of the club is crazy. I love every second of it.

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Around the same time I hung up my boots. I feel I have reached the footballers dream but via another pathway. Some want to score the winning goal and the celebration, but I wanted to just be apart of the noise. I shot a lot of local Sunday league games and slowly caught the eye of a few people. You could almost say it was the same way a footballer makes it from grass roots to the big time.

Some want the winning goal. the celebration. but I just want to be a part of the noise
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Was there a moment when you knew photography was the career path you were going to take? If so, when was it?

I don't think there ever was a light bulb moment. I still question what I actually do for a living. Some days are busy, some days a quiet, but I live for the moments. So when it's game day or even a training session I'm more excited than a kid on Christmas morning - or my wife on Christmas morning.

How did you become involved with MCFC and what are the pressures that come with being an official club photographer? 

I had previously shot a few games in the A-League with an Aussie football magazine called THETURF. From there I got a call up from the clubs media team - and a legend of a guy that I can now call a friend - who offered me a gig. Over the past four years it went from game day experience to shoot everything that you can. I want more, I want to be everywhere but we need to remember that there are boundaries and rules so I will slowly make my way into the spot that I've been working hard for. But there's no pressure. To me it's excitement. The more pressure, the better the environment.

How has photographing the game changed your relationship with it? Do you watch the game differently? 

I cant watch a game of football without thinking "oh my that would be an amazing shot from that angle." Sometimes I just get so angry I'm not at the game or on the sideline. I'd say I love the game a lot more. Being a part of a club has made me feel like I'm a part of the team at times.