PSC graduates & students at Semi-Permanent 2011

Semi-Permanent 2011, a creative conference held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 23 and 24 September was attended by PSC students, gradutes and staff.

Jessica Meyerink PSC final year art specialisation student said “Semi Permanent was great because I got to hear well renowned people from the industry talk about their career and how they got to where they are today”.

“I loved it even more because I got to meet one of my idols in person, Platon. He was one of the most genuine and humble human beings I have ever met. He shook my hand and signed my book for me. He also apologized in advance to me for choosing photography as a career. Then he laughed! It was a great weekend and I can’t wait till next year” Jessica Meyerink

PSC Art specialisation graduate Jess McDonald found inspiration at the Semi-Permanent Conference. She said “there was an amazing selection of speakers, all with one thing in common- they all love what they do and what they do is create. There were local, interstate and international speakers all bringing their own unique view on what they do and why they do it.  It was interesting to hear speakers from the world of design, photography, animation, art, media and even paper craft as everyone had something to bring to the table”.

Jess was most impressed with “Platon, as the final speaker he left you wanting more of his mind blowing stories but also this need to go out there and create something you believe in and something to be proud of”.

 Hear more about what they have to say about Semi-Permanent

“Something Blue” Level 2 Studio Assessment Task

In second semester of their first year, PSC students are exposed to working in a studio environment.  

One of their tasks in Working with Light & Photographic Techniques is to create two High Key images considering the theme “Something Blue”, using the colour blue or the ‘State of Mind’ or both

Below are images of the students preparing for their shoots!

Yuan Wang talks about his experience as an ACMP Projections Finialist

Yuan Wang a second year PSC student was one of the finialists in the Art Category in this years ACMP Projections.

Yuan decided to enter to the 2011 Projections while he was on his break during class, and he saw the details on the competitions board in the PSC Student Lounge.

When asked how he decided which images to enter Yuan said

“I tend to conceptualise and plan my images long before the shoot, and I would reshoot if the images were not satisfactory. This meant I only had 10 final images and I simply culled two of them which I didn’t like as well as the rest. I always work towards the goal of having a cohesive series of consistent quality”.

Yuan found out that he was a finialist “from an email before going to bed and could hardly sleep. It was awesome! All the long hours of reshooting and post-production had been worth it. For every finalist selected, there’s another equally deserving photographer who did not make the cut. So I’m lucky too”.

Yuan said he would “Absolutely” enter the projections again and encourages all students from all year levels to give it a go!

Yuan says that after this years experience he thinks he has “a better understanding of the quality of work I need to produce to get into the finals so I will definitely try my best for next year”.

Congratulations again to Yuan and we wish him well in future competitions!

Image by Yuan Wang from the series 'Wrapped'

To see more of Yuan’s images please go to

2011 Bowness Photography Prize winner announced

Sydney photographer Jacky Redgate has won Australia’s most prestigious photography prize the $25,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.

Redgate’s winning photograph Light throw (mirrors) #4 2011 from the series Light throw (mirrors) is a beautiful, ambiguous picture. Redgate has described the photograph, a large still life arrangement created by throwing light from silver, bronze and grey mirrors onto brightly coloured modular plastic food containers from the 1960s and ‘ 70s, as “a cosmos or cosmology of objects”.

Jacky Redgate is a photographic artists. For over 25 years, her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, and her work is held in many major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

This year thirty-seven works were selected for the exhibition from approximately 2,000 photographs submitted by 432 entrants.

Shortlisted entries are part of the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition on at the MGA until 16 October 2011.


Canon EOS Photo5 competition

First year full time students have just received their surprise Photo5 boxes from Canon and are busy being creative!

Now is its fifth year, Canon EOS Photo5 is gaining recognition as being the most exciting photographic competition of the year. Inside the official EOS Photo5 box are items which represent 5 separate photographic briefs.

The challenge for the students is to answer the 5 briefs with the most creative and imaginative images they can think of. This year the boxes contain – Ribbons, sequins, coloured powder, bubbly foam and the open brief is “Through a Pets Eyes”.

Last year PSC student Graeme Passmore won the student entry section with the image Incense of a self portrait. So good luck to our first years!

Entries for the Canon EOS Photo5 competition is free. For more information or o enter follow this link.


In camera and in public at CCP

Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP)
404 George Street Fitzroy Vic. 3065
Exhibition Dates: Friday 16 September 2011 to Sunday 23 October 2011
Wednesday–Friday, 11am–6pm, Saturday–Sunday, 12–5pm

The Park © All rights reserved Kohei Yoshiyuki 2011 Australia


Curated by Naomi Cass this exhibition examines the abandonment of the contract between photographer and subject. From de-classified ASIO images of the 1960s to Kohei Yoshiyuki’s now infamous documentary series, The Park (1970–1979), this exhibition considers the documentary camera and the art camera, and their relationship to the subject, who is unaware of being photographed.

Occasionally disturbing, the exhibition provokes the audience not so much by revelling in the acts of others but by making the audience accomplices to the very act of watching. “They’re about looking and not understanding,” says Cass. “You really are implicated in the voyeurism.”

Warning: Full-frontal nudity, adult concepts. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent of legal guardian.


ACMP & Sony Projections 2011 is on tonight!

Once again we congratulate Kirsten Dickie, PSC 2010 Commercial Graduate, for being selected as a finalist for the Sony Projections.

The Melbourne Screening is on tonight and we are looking forward to seeing the work from these outstanding emerging photographers. PSC wishes Kirsten good luck for this evening!

PSC hosts ‘Normally…’ Professional Development Seminars

On Thursday 8th September PSC hosted the first ‘Normally…’ seminars for the AIPP.

It was well attended the participants were able to get important information specific to the business of photography.

Final Year PSC Time lapse / Stop Motion Assignment

As part of the ‘New Media Subject’ students recently were required to produce a short film using either Time Lapse or Stop Motion techniques.

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