Feature Friday; Anthony Mayze

The Australian Professional Photography Awards are coming up, which means our students are now preparing their state award-winning images for the national competition.

One such student is Anthony Mayze who studies the Advanced Diploma of Photography. Now with an incredible achievement of three silver awards, Anthony sat down to have a quick chat about his journey so far at PSC.

 

Anthony Mayze, 2017, (AIPP Victorian silver award)

 

Where did your interest in photography start? 
I joined studio arts in high-school which led me to focus on seascape photography as well as some astrophotography and I grew my love from there.
Back when you started at PSC, did you have an idea of what sort of photographer you wanted to become?
I had no idea where I wanted my photography to lead me, but always thought that I would alway choose a commercial path.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
The most beneficial lesson in life is; what ever you put in, you get out, so always try your hardest. Photographic-wise would have to be learning to project emotions and personality into my work.
What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
 My most challenging moment at PSC would have to be the folios; having a short time to execute everything and then to present it was rather difficult but I have always managed to prevail!
What about your most rewarding moment so far? 
My most rewarding moment would have to be when I won a silver award in the VIPPY awards.
How has your style changed? Have you noticed anything different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach?
I have noticed that I am putting more consciousness behind my images in terms of looking out for distractions, as well as looking at ways to put my own twist on images. I have also realised that I love simplicity in my work.
So far, what body of work are you most proud of?
My trimester 4 folio on personal experiences with stress, frustration and sadness.

Anthony Mayze, 2017, (AIPP Victorian silver award)

What are you working on now?
 I’m about to start working on building from my ‘Stress, Frustration and Sadness’ concept with editorial fashion techniques.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photos I’m either working, spending too much money with friends or watching Netflix.
Where do you find your motivation?
 I find my motivation everywhere, whether it be a film or in life I can always find ways that sparks my imagination.
What or who inspires you?
Two major inspirations in the photographic world are Annie Leibovitz and Gregory Crewdson, their work is amazing. Another huge inspiration is my Nan who always wished for me to hold on to my dreams until I have achieved them
What is your dream job?
Ever since starting my journey in photography, my dream shoot has always been to recreate scenes from Beauty and the Beast with a Gregory Crewdson style.
 To stay up-to-date with Anthonys work, follow him on Instagram! 

Anthony Mayze, 2017, (AIPP Victorian silver award)

Friday Feature; Emily Skelton

Currently in her second-last semester at PSC, Advanced Diploma of Photography student Emily Skelton is already setting up her career; working with her local football club, as well as becoming a well-known figure around her hometown of Bacchus Marsh.

We caught up with Emily to learn more about her journey so far.

 

 

Emily Skelton

 

 

 

When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 

At the end of year 12 and the start of PSC I had this idea of being a famous fashion photographer, the one who takes incredible Vogue cover shots. I wanted to control the day, the shoot and get all creative, but as I started to learn at PSC it was becoming harder for me to see that for myself. My ideas started to change, I still wanted to do really creative things, but I wanted to be able to capture moments people would have for a lifetime.

 

What got you started in photography?

My mum and dad handing me a 35mm camera at the age of 2. That’s how it started, taking photos for mum and dad when they wanted to be in the picture. Mum has a particular photo in an album at home of herself and my sister, under the photo the caption says “photo by Emily”; I was 2.
I was never was really good at English and Math at school, so art was always my favourite subject. I was a very good painter, but I realise now that whenever we went out I would end up with the camera in my hands and I would be taking photos of everything from the ground, to the plants, to my family. Then as I got older I wanted to do more, so I would plan out photoshoots and get my friends to model for me. I still remember the first photoshoot I did; I borrowed a Canon camera off a friend, I pinned a white sheet up in my grandmothers granny flat with my friends in front of it wearing white t-shirts. We had bright-coloured paint and used it to paint my friends hands, then print it onto their face. I loved it and that for me was the beginning of everything, but I wanted more.

 

What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC?

Not that I’m big on grades and all, but receiving a mark which I didn’t think I would get really showed me that if I push myself more I can truly achieve what I want. Being a part of open days and career expos has also been really rewarding too, as I can tell people my story and my experience here, as well as being able to meet potential students and make new friends.

 

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned? 

Before I came to PSC I was self-taught; I shot jpegs in my backyard on a little Sony camera. I have benefited  from everything; starting with the basic stuff in first-year, to all the studio set-up now. I have learned how to capture an image with the correct light and what angles to shoot from, I have learned how to use my camera and control it so I can get the very best out of images. If you had told my high-school self this, I would not have believed you at all. This course and school has changed me for the better, I have grown so much in my work and myself and I have truly found something I love.

 

 

Emily Skelton

 

 

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?

Everything has been challenging in its own way and of course some things will be harder than others, some things take more time to learn, or sometimes you don’t have an idea and you have to work with what you’ve got and go for it.

 

What are you working on at the moment? 

At the moment I’m working on lots! I’m shooting every Saturday for the Bacchus Marsh Cobras (local footy club) which is a thing I keep growing and manage to get a new angle every week. I’m also working on building up my clients by shooting a few weddings. I have done a few jobs that have been printed onto glass and have now been installed into peoples new kitchens. I am always working on the next creative shoot I could be doing. It’s a good thing I have two sisters; one that wants to be a special effects makeup-artist, and the other who wants to be model. We are always coming up with new ideas and things we can work on together.

 

Where do you find your motivation?

Myself, and my life which includes my family and friends, as well as any events that happen.

 

Emily Skelton

 

Where do you want to take your photography?

Everywhere! I want to take it from within my hometown to overseas. I want to create or capture moments. As long as I’m creating and exploring the world with my camera; I’ll be happy. I want my photos to help people remember their moments in life because if you have an image, you know you’re not going to forget it.

 

Who/what inspires you?

Everything inspires me; I draw elements of life events into my work, from random creative ideas that happen to personal things that have happened. Watching movies also give me ideas as does the music I listen to.

 

How has your style developed?

Well my style has developed from shooting with natural light, with a white sheet in my backyard (which I still do) to setting up studio lights and controlling everything. My style has grown with me and we both have changed over the years as I try to find myself and where I belong in the photography world.

 

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?

I’m either at my local cafe with friends drinking coffee, or I’m at home sleeping, but sometimes I work with my dad.

 

What advice would you give to current students?

You can make it! Keep pushing and build up your foilo, believe in yourself and just keep working hard because hard work can get you anywhere.

 

 

 

To keep up to date with Emily, follow her on Instagram 

 

Emily Skelton

Feature Friday; Anna Salzmann

Today’s student feature is on Anna Salzmann, a current Level 5 Advanced Diploma student at PSC. Earlier this year Anna received a silver award at the AIPP Epson State Awards for her series ‘Sei Bellissima’.

 

Anna Salzmann, ‘Sei Bellissima’

 

What got you started in photography?
My first memory of loving photography was when my uncle who is a photographer in Geneva, Switzerland, introduced me to the world of photography and I have been obsessed ever since. A year ago he invited me to join him and 18 other photographers from across the world (most based in Geneva) to be apart of their ‘Une photo par jour’ blog where we upload a photo per day.
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become? 
All I knew is that I wanted to travel and work with other creatives doing great things, and I hoped that photography would give me these opportunities.

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
That planning and research is your friend!

What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Probably this semester, knowing that I now only have 1 more semester in this college surrounded by so much support is hard, and I am trying to soak it up as much as I can!

What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
Presenting my work at the end of each Semester is always great, I love seeing peoples reactions and hearing their thoughts on my work, whether it’s praise or critique.

 

 

Anna Salzmann, ‘Sei Bellissima’

 
How has your style developed?
My style is always changing and it is interesting to see my work from 2 years ago to now. It has changed a lot in regards to technique and colour, however the content has stayed similar.

So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
My ‘Sei Bellissima’ series where I documented the life of my Nonna Franca in stills as well as a short film. You can read my experience photographing her in my class’s upcoming magazine XPSD.

What are you working on at the moment? 
My mid Year Folio, I have been focusing on developing my portrait skills and have been photographing my friends and family.

Where do you find your motivation?
A lot of my motivation comes from the support of my family. They see my passion and hard work and keep me determined in creating a successful life for myself with photography.

What is your dream job/shoot?
I would love to find work with a publication of some sorts. Or anything that takes me travelling and includes working with a great team, I love the idea of working with others and photographing new and different locations.

 

To see more of Anna’s work, check out her Behance or Instagram 

 

 

 

Anna Salzmann, ‘Sei Bellissima’

Feature Friday; Jules Perrenot

Remember this name; Jules Perrenot, we don’t doubt you’ll be hearing it quite a bit over the next few years. Jules is a current first year student here at PSC, and before he has even presented his first semester folio he is already 1 of 40 international photographers to have won a spot in the Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art Top 40 exhibition. 

 

Outstanding Jules!!

We caught up with Jules to ask him about his relation to photography.

 

Jules Perrenot, 2017

 

Hey Jules, you’re in your first year at PSC; how did you come to be interested in photography?

 I can remember a few photographs that have stuck around in my mind, from Ellen Von Unwerth, Erwin Olaf, Sakae Takahashi. It probably contributed to my photography interest. I had a photographer friend in Paris, I would look at his pictures, watch him shoot. That surely contributed. Finally, when I got to Australia, I stayed with my sister and her boyfriend for a few months. I had acces to his DSLR and started to use ot often. After moving to Sydney, it didnt take me long to buy my own camera. Overall, it might just come from a sense of visual aesthetic, with no skills whatsoever in crafting or drawing to bavl it up. Photography was my savior: press the trigger, make a picture.
Did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become when you started here? 
 In my mind, I could see myself drawn to the art practice in photography, while being aware I did like the idea of playing with commercial aesthetic and tools. At the same time, I have been willing to try everything: in school I knew I’d have the luxury to explore photography and that I should cease this opportunity without being to rigid on my aspirations. I mean, I might end up falling in love with photo-journalism!

 

When you entered this competition what was going through your head. 
I felt like it was important to start applying to things out there. I want things to happen and not just wait to be graduated. I actually change last minute what I wanted to show because I wasn’t sure if they’d pick just one or the 3 images, and my other series had to be seen as a triptych.
Were you feeling confident?
 I guess I thought I was showing something good, so I wasnt surprise when I got in (I have no idea how many applicants there were), but I wouldnt have been surprised if I wasnt in either, and I wouldnt have been depressed about it. It felt like throwing a dice, and luckily it worked.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
 I’m pretty bad with rankings, I’ll make a list:
 -A specific environment can limit you to the self you were when you encountered it. Travelling to new places allow you to be the self you have become. Though, being aware of this is a big step to be able to stick yourself updated anywhere. In my case, it’s being loud.
-Don’t be afraid to ask for help or for an opportunity. I used to be too worried about the image it’d send of me. But people don’t mind, and they can’t help you if they don’t know what you’re thinking.
-School wise (thanks to my previous uni experience): get rid of the highschool mentality about assignments. Keep thinking until you find how to make them exciting for you, even if to do so you have to play with the lines. It’s just way less effective to create something just for the sake of the grading.
 -Have a goal or a direction: it makes you move forward, even if you end up changing it (which you should as many time as needed). Sitting around with no purpose for too long is just depressing.
 -Giving too many life advices make you sound like an old geezer. But I’ve accepted my fate.
 -There’s nothing wrong leaving the ‘highway of life’ : highschool, uni, job, promotion, house, dog, kids. If you don’t feel at ease in your life, I’d advise to shake things up. If it turns bad, please don’t sue me.

Jules Perrenot, 2017

What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far? 
 The accumulation of all the assignements in a 2 weeks period can be tough. Especially since I end up being excited by my projects, it can easily become too time consuming to juggle it with the rest of my life.
 What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far? 
 During the first week, I bonded really quickly with a few people from my class, that was such an exciting feeling, I felt ” Your time at Psc is going to be great, you made the right choice”.
How has your style developed? What have you noticed is different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach? 
 Hmmm, Im still really unsure about all lf the above. I tend to go in lots of directions, and Im not sure it’ll change. It is fine at the moment as I am exploring possibilities in 1st year, but I can see it getting in the way in the future. Im just a bit over the idea we always have to brand ourselves, which often requires to specialize, keep it cohesive, to create an overall story-telling for the audience. I’d rather do anything and everything I feel like doing, without much marketing thinking.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of? 
 I guess I really enjoyed my first assignement in Sarina’s class: in two weeks I managed to pull off something I really enjoy, that was fun. I’ve seen it too much though, I’m a bit over it at the moment.

Jules Perrenot, 2017

What are you working on at the moment? 
 I want to enter Bowness and a few prizes in June. We had a talk with Hoda and she talked me into creating a series out of a few images I already had. It’ll be a sort of sad gay sexy shrine to myself. Funtime.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
It’s mostly keeping my life social and keeping in touch with friends I now have less time to see. And then I Netflix and die in my bed: I can be quite the extraverted guy but I need my alone time with my computer. I guess it’s how milennials get introspective: getting lost on the internet.
Where do you find your motivation? 
 Keeping things interesting ? Immobilism alienates me, I like things to move and evolve.
What is your dream job/shoot? 
 Being exhibited and going full art-wank in fancy places, a glass of champaign at hand. Being French, Im already pretentious, I just need to be successful now.   Also, if I end up with a commercial practice, I want to be hired for my concepts, not to capture someone else’s ideas.
To keep up to date with Jules’ work, follow him on Instagram 

Mac Lawrence in British Journal of Photography

The sixth edition of the Talent Issue by the British Journal of Photography features one of our recent fine art graduates; Mac Lawrence.

What got you started in photography?
My early interests in photography started many years ago as away to mainly document my surroundings. Pretty banal kind of images   of my day to day, lots of photos of friends and family that kind of thing. More diaristic I guess.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 
Well before studying I just wanted to be able to use photography as a way to share stories. Through learning about the language of photography my interests and understanding became more focused.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned? 
It’s important to take the time to learn from your failures.

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
Being able to push through stagnating self-criticism.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Seeing all the hard work that everyone put in throughout the final year coming together on display at the graduate exhibition.
How has your style developed?
I would say through spending time reflecting and visually analysing the things I feel work and don’t work in the pictures I’m making. Asking myself if the pictures are saying the things I want them to, and thinking about why that is. If I’m making photographs that don’t seem to be working I try to digest them and understand where the issues are. I also learn a lot from the works of others that I find interesting and thinking about why I engage with their work. I don’t feel I have any one specific style and I try to challenge myself with new approaches. I try not to limit myself to just shooting film, or digital or only black and white or whatever it is, I just try to focus on what feels right for the work I’m making.
What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
It’s bout ideas of masculinity and representation in Australia. It’s quite a personal work, which developed through self-reflection and engaging with the social dialogue.

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

What are you working on at the moment? 
Still focusing on ideas of masculinity I’m currently writing proposals to exhibit a new work, which is in development, hoping to be able to show that somewhere in Melbourne. Also spending a lot of my time finalising a collaborative work with Sarah Walker, which is being exhibited at junior Space gallery in Collingwood towards the end of June. I’ll be heading to Malaysia for a bit shortly after that to help out my friends at Obscura Festival of Photography. 
What advice would you give to current students?
Embrace the process. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Taking a photograph is just one step in the process of making a cohesive body of work. In my final year I learnt just as much from making c**p photos as I did making ones that were interesting.

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Most of my days are spent in my studio, which is not too far from my house in Brunswick. Each day is different; one day might be spent doing research or writing and others my focus might be spent working on files, making prints, planning shoot logistics etc.… I work for the man during my nights so I try to have a routine to my days to breed good creative habits, being in the studio at specific times helps that. Having structure in my practice is really important.
Where do you find your motivation?
Seeing development in my work, which drives me to reach my personal goals, motivates me.
Who/what inspires you?
Lots of things, I get a lot of inspiration from seeing the hard work others around me are doing. I try to surround myself with people that are have a ‘can to attitude’ and don’t try to complicate their lives by focusing to much on hurdles in front of them.

 

See more of Mac’s work on his website here.

 

 

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

Feature Friday; Mathew Molloy

Today (May 26th) we caught up with former PSC student Mathew Molloy who is currently in Europe with his camera.

 

 

Mathew Molloy

 

 

What got you started in photography? 
I always loved photography as a kid but never had the chance to do anything about it. When I returned to Australia after living abroad I had the chance and decided to jump in and give it a go.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 
I think at that stage I was just hoping that I could be a professional photographer shooting anything, but I love shooting people so it was always going to be related around fashion and portraits.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned? 
I think to take nothing for granted in life or in your career, the smallest thing can impact both be it positive or negative. It’s how you respond to that action that will set you apart.

 

Mathew Molloy

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
I was studying part time and to be honest the photography side of things I always felt in control of, but the lack of time to polish off a concept to the standard I would be happy to submit was the tough one, and I do admit that work was submitted that I wouldn’t want to be seen today.

What was your most rewarding moment at PSC? 
I don’t know that I can pinpoint one moment, but the most rewarding moments for me were looking at a folio first presented to my classmates and comparing it to a completed folio at the end of semester and taking in the transformation.

How has your style developed?
Everyone tends to put a lot of emphasis on style in photography. I like to shoot clean, crisp images, is that a style? Maybe, maybe not. I would like to think my style is adaptable to my clients needs.

 

Mathew Molloy

What are you working on at the moment? 
I have just completed back to back fashion weeks in Europe and now have a few editorial shoots for a spring/summer magazine publications.

What do you do when you’re not taking photos? 
Look at photos other photographers have taken, I know, soooo bad!
I love to travel and spending time with my family.
Where do you find your motivation?
On the street in everyday situations. Seeing the little old lady crossing the road holding hands with her hunched over husband, both so neatly dressed. Taking in the architecture when I go for a walk. Going to art galleries, Instagram, everywhere.

Who/What inspires you?
In regards to photography, there are so many great fashion photographers like Richard Avedon, but I tend to be more inspired by photographers like Khalil Hamra, who is trying to make a difference for his people and country by taking pictures that tell a story of change needed. James Nachtwey is also amazing and much more recognised, both as equally brave and courageous.

 

See more of Mathew’s work! 

 

 

Matthew Molloy

2017 Graduate Feature; Keely Farrugia

Today is it! Our final 2017 graduate feature before the graduation ceremony tonight.

 

Art photographer Keely Farrugia sat down and spoke to us about her three years at PSC.

 

Keely Farrugia, 2016

 

Hey Keely, after three years it’s all come to an end; when did you first start getting into photography? Why did you pursue it?

Well, when I was a child, I was always playing with the family camera. I’d often be in the backyard photographing plants, bugs and magpies, there was never a concept as too why, I guess I photographed whatever popped into the backyard and made it interesting. I was even more enthused by my friend’s father who happened to be a professional portrait photographer. This spiked my interest further when I got to hold his camera (Canon EOS 1D Mark IV), I was given the opportunity to photograph his daughters and watch over some of his portrait sessions. This was my first inspiration to become the photographer I am today.

 

Did you imagine you would become a portrait photographer like him?

Upon entering PSC, I aimed to be a creative fashion photographer. I had the goal of bringing a whole new concept and influence to the commercial/ editorial industry but also having the dream to one day be Annie Leibovitz’s assistant. I believe the most beneficial thing I’ve taken in so far is; it doesn’t hurt to slow down. Whilst learning how to drive a manual car, my great instructor said “You don’t have to go so fast as long as you get there at your own pace, everything will be fine”. I’ve lived by those words ever since, and as the days go by I’m just taking my time and enjoying life at my own pace.

 

Was that a challenge for you? Figuring out how to slow down?

No, the challenging moment was standing in front of people and talking about my work.

My most rewarding moment was receiving silver award in the APPAs and making friends during the course.

 

How did your style develop over the years you spent here?

To be honest I’m still trying to figure out what exactly is my style. It’s a work in progress, I’m inspired everyday whilst browsing through Pinterest and always finding a new challenge or wanting to appropriate an image. My style is all over the place, ask this question in 10 years, maybe I might have an answer but for now I’m still searching.

 

Keely Farrugia, 2016

 

What was your graduating folio about?

My graduating folio was literally about Breasts. It’s a debatable topic going on right now whether you know about it or not. My folio focused around the controversial issue of breasts and breast feeding in public. An exploration of society’s multiple outlooks on the female breast, using the body part as a confrontation towards public, social media and censorship but most importantly how it’s differentiated against it’s natural purpose. This idea came about, when scrolling through Facebook and watching several videos of social experiments of breastfeeding in public and the ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign spiralling to an internet phase. I decided to take this on, in the form of a fine art project, at first it did start out as a joke but after thorough research and careful imaging there was a sense of guilt in the end. The amount of insults and injustice that attacks the female breasts was beyond what I first imagined but it pushed the project forward to show the viewer how natural and pleasant breasts can be rather than a sexual object.

 

Do you have any advice for current students?

Pinterest is your friend, use it and abuse it. Inspiration is the most important thing, if you don’t have it, how are you going to meet your goal without it?

 

What have you been up to since you left  PSC?

 

I’ve been picking up on film photography, using my Pentax Spotmatic and Ilford 400 film. Recently I’ve been photographing portraits and spiders, using double exposure technique. It’s weird and random, I know. Whatever floats your boat, so far I’m sailing into a new direction of interest. Challenge accepted.

 

Brilliant! So when you’re to taking photos of spiders on film, what do you do?

I either browse Pinterest to find motivation and/or inspiration or read a Jane Austen novel. Sometimes you find creative ideas and influences in the most inconvenient moments.

 

What inspires you?

I’ve probably said this twice now but anything and everything on Pinterest inspires me, although when talking about photography I’m always inspired by Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Carrol Jerroms and Richard Alvedon. Everyday I’m truly inspired by my parents putting others first before themselves, going out their way to make my brother and I happy.

 

Do you have a dream job or shoot?

I have not given up on one day being Annie Leibovitz assistant, I vow to make it happen.

 

 

If you want to see what else Keely has been up to, check out her Instagram 

 

Keely Farrugia, 2016

2017 Graduate Feature: Sonja Broersen

Two days until graduation!!

 

Today let’s have a quick chat with graduating art photographer Sonja Broersen;

 

Sonja Broersen, 2016

 

Who and/or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the physical space around me, the body I inhabit and how the two exist in relation to one another.
What was your graduating folio about?
My graduating folio was a reflection on my experience with femininity, and my attempt to better understand my conflicting thoughts around female identity.

Sonja Broersen, 2016

What are you working on at the moment?
Lately I’ve been experimenting with other creative outlets and how I can eventually tie them back into my photographic practice. At the moment I’ve been playing with textile work, and plan to try other mediums such as sculpture.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
Having the opportunity to be around other like-minded people throughout this course has been incredibly rewarding. Being surrounded by people who share the same passion and interest in photography has really solidified my own understanding of why I was pursuing a career in art photography.
To see more of Sonja’s work, take a look at her website!

Sonja Broersen, 2016

2017 Graduate Feature; Rachel Hickey

To kick off our last week of graduate features, we’re catching up with photojournalist Rachel Hickey to hear more abut her time at PSC.

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Hey Rachel, what got you started in photography?
I’m not sure if there was a particular moment that inspired me… But I realised photography was a part of me when I wore out my first camera, a point and shoot Olympus. I was obsessed with images, always trying to get a different perspective and do something different. Actually, I remember the first ever photography job I did was on that little camera; it was at our local racecourse, photographing the horse racing. I had no idea what I was doing, but running from place to place and meeting new people was incredibly exciting and at the end of the day, to have a story of the events and little details that so many people would have missed was really an honour.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 
Ha! I was convinced that I would be a stills photographer for films. However I have never once been on a movie set.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
The worst someone can ever say is no.
I have learned to accept that no one sees the same thing in the exact same way, I have also learned to not be pressured by “should”. That is when people say “You should photograph like that” or “You should do that”.

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
 To be honest; going through a breakup three weeks before a folio was due when that was my subject matter, was possibly the most stressful.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Presenting my final folio and being genuinely proud of myself and the amount of dedication and persistence I put in to every single image. It was an overwhelming moment of emotion when I realised I had presented my last ever folio at PSC- huge accomplishment!
How has your style developed?
My style is always developing. It started with being very formally composed, but it’s now more focused on details of something to add insight to the larger picture, without actually showing the larger picture. I like to think it’s less biased in that sense.
What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio ‘Beyond Bikes’ is looking deep into the community of cycling, specifically track racing. I grew up around cycling and after moving to Melbourne, I noticed whenever I was talking to non-cycling friends about the velodrome and the thrill of riding that they didn’t have any idea of what I was going on about. I wanted to show that there is more to cycling than bikes.

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

What are you working on at the moment? 
I’m brainstorming ideas for new projects, but also taking some time away from the camera to broaden my eye. In saying that I am a part of the PSC Alumni in which we hope to have a group exhibition in the next couple of months. I’m also doing a bit of freelancing.
What advice would you give to current students?
Have a go! You are in the best environment to learn and make mistakes, don’t be concerned that anyone will ever think less of you because you don’t know everything about photography. Go ahead and make the mistakes.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I love to ride my bike! Either on the velodrome or on the road.
Where do you find your motivation?
From being around like-minded people, that is something I loved about PSC.
Who/what inspires you?
Looking at other photographers’ work and not limiting myself. Thinking about future possibilities is huge inspiration for me, it makes me look a little more internally to what I actually want to do.
What is your dream job/shoot?
I would love the opportunity to photograph a professional cycling race team for a season. I also dream of/plan on living in Europe or Canada and creating smaller bodies of work in my downtime.
To see more of Rachel’s work, check out her website! 

 

 

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

 

2017 Graduate Feature; Tayla Nuss Soeharto

Today we are catching up with Australian Student Photographer of the year (2016), Tayla Nuss Soeharto; learning about her journey in photography, and what she is up to now after winning the highest award a photography student can get in Australia.

 

 

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

 

What got you started in photography? 
I still don’t really know what sparked my interest in photography, but I think it all began when my mum gave me her film camera and sifting through all the photographic memories she captured with it when I was growing up. I then bought my own little point and shoot from an op shop around the corner and started taking photos of my sister with it and experimenting with film and double exposures.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
At the time I was really interested in analogue photography so I guess I was expecting to make progress with film techniques and develop my style through that. However, even though I still enjoy using film, I think the digital world won me over!
How has your style developed?
Looking back through my work, I have always used a lot of colour in my images and been very interested in objects, especially ones found in the everyday household. All the series I made while at PSC were also set up in some kind of way, either in a studio setting or around the house. Compared to my early works, my lighting technique is much more resolved and my images are a lot cleaner. Throughout my studies I began working with fashion students, which has slowly warmed me up to the idea of photographing people and not just objects.

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working with a few RMIT fashion students and taking photos for their publication, as well as starting a mini out-of-space inspired still life series, which is still a work in progress!
What advice would you give to current students?
Don’t be afraid to show all of your work in progress images even if you hate all of them, they can be the beginning of something brilliant!
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I intern at The Photo Studio two days a week, work my casual job and watch weird space videos every now and then.

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

Where do you find your motivation?
I mostly pull inspiration from the random things around me or things that I watch.
What is your dream job/shoot?
My dream shoot would be to collaborate with American artists Alex Wallbaum and Aleia Murawski on some kind of fun and whacky still life project.
Who/what inspires you?
I sometimes get in a mood where everything inspires me, like a colour, a piece of fruit, or a weird object and i just need to set something up and photograph it!
To see more of Tayla’s work, check out her website

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016