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KALYN PONGA'S PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY
On the field, he’s a creator and it’s much of the same off it.
When he’s not creating magic for the nib Newcastle Knights, Kalyn Ponga is flexing his creative muscles away from the pitch.
Dabbling in photography, Ponga has started an Instagram page to showcase his photography.
Ponga joined the NRL’s lead photographer Grant Trouville on the Broader Game podcast to discuss all things photography last week.
“I always played around with photos,” Ponga said.
“I had a GoPro my mum and dad bought me. I had one when I was like 16 and I’d play around with photos on that.
“We started up a clothing brand about a year ago that fell under but I bought a camera so I could take pretty good photos to promote the brand and make content and I realised I loved taking photos.
“I take a photo of something every day. Where I want to go with my photography, I don’t know yet. I’m still keen to learn.”
Ponga takes his camera everywhere with him.
But what does he likes snapping?
“When I first opened up the Instagram page, I was going to do prints,” he said.
“I was taking more scenic photos but with my lifestyle, I’m always around the boys, always out and about. I like taking photos of people and their expressions.
“I’d like to do events, whether it was a wedding or something like that.”
With rugby league dominating his life, Ponga has been able to use photography as a distraction to switch off.
“It makes you want to get out of the house,” he said.
“I have a mate, Tex Hoy, who loves it as well. If he has an idea, we go out and do it.”
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