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STUDENT: Gabriella Sarnataro, 2nd year Part Time
ASSIGNMENT: 1st year, Semester 2 Folio
STUDENT COMMENT: This is the first image of a sequence of photos that is part of a children‘s book idea “Who stole the cupcakes from the jar?” My aim was to attract children’s curiosity with the use of bright colours and involve the reader in a game whereby children must look for the cupcakes.

I enjoyed exploring the world of colour, using available window light, hand-made reflectors and secondary light to achieve vivid, bright colours.

Starting my second year at PSC, I have found that I still love colours and look forward to exploring them further in my images.

PSC teacher Craig Wetjen Awarded Small Business Success Award by 3AW and Momentum Energy

PSC Teacher Craig Wetjen was awarded the Small Business Success Award by 3AW and Momentum Energy.

This award will be presented live on 3AW’s Denis Walter show at 1:35pm on the 11th of April.

Craig will be interviewed by Denis Walter as well as the Minister for small business Louise Asher and Momentum Energy’s Natalie Davies and will have the opportinity to talk about his photography business and his achievements.

For more information: Craig Wetjen’s website.

Natascha Stellmach Hosting Agent Provocateur

Anna Pappas Gallery
2-4 Carlton Street Prahran 3181 Australia
Exhibition Opening: Friday 30 March 2012 6pm

© All rights reserved Natascha Stellmach 2012 Australia Natascha Stellmach, Kaan Wearing Alex Miller UK, 2012, Archival ink on photo rag, 61 x 76cm, Copyright the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

For the first time in Australia, artist Natascha Stellmach will host Agent Provocateur at Anna Pappas Gallery, a project inviting visitors to engage in a personal pen tattoo experience for one night only.

For the evening at Anna Pappas Gallery, Natascha Stellmach will also exhibit four new photographic prints from the series created in Miami, alongside a looping slideshow documentation.

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Psc Weekly Wrap: Lucy Miller

STUDENT: Lucy Miller, Second year Part Time
ASSIGNMENT: First year, Sem 1 folio
STUDENT COMMENT: I took this photo on my way back to Melbourne after a weekend away in Apollo Bay. At the time, I was in my first semester of first year and we were working on a mixed folio, which included People, Places and Objects.

Prior to this course I never considered photographing landscapes but after being encouraged to photograph different genres I have developed a passion for it. I chose this image because I like the overall mood, the fog gives it a mysterious feel and the pastel colour palette adds softness to it.

PSC Graduate Sarah Lynch features in ‘Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) News Bulletin’

PSC Photojournalism Graduate Sarah Lynch was published in the March 2012 edition of the Australian Animal Studies Group(AASG) News Bulletin

Image By Sarah Lynch

Untitled. From the We Are Animals series

Untitled is part of the series We are Animals. The work was created to invite viewers of the workto explore the positions and roles in which animals are placed in for human uses andconsumption. The work prompts viewers to question that if the roles were reversed and humanswere placed in these positions, would it be acceptable? Would we turn a blind eye to the sufferingof sentient beings used for labour and food if the suffering came at a cost to humans?

The series was intended to question our moral limitations around animals and allow the viewer to consider that humans are not too different from animals . . .

“Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man.

The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” Sri Aurobindo

Click here for more about Sarah’s work and other photos in the series

10 Questions for PSC’s Tutor Bill Bachman

1.What did you want to be when you grew up?


2. When did you decide to pursue photography as a career?

I graduated with a degree in Japanese language then retreated to Mt Buller where I worked for a season as a ski instructor, and wrote a few articles about my experiences there. The first question a magazine editor asked me was “Do you have any photos to go with the words?” When another editor asked me the same question a few months later, I figured they were trying to tell me something, so I bought an Olympus OM-1 and three lenses. Eventually I enrolled in a part-time course at PSC. For several years I juggled roles as a writer, editor, photographer, production manager and advertising salesman, but eventually photography won out.

3. Do you think you have your own style of photography, if so, what is it about your photos that stand out?

Strong colours and (mostly) simple compositions. When shooting for editorial purposes, the images are usually telling some sort of story and need to be eye-catching, easy to read and inter-connective.

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STUDENT: Fabian Meli, Final year part time commercial
ASSIGNMENT: Final year, Sem 1 folio
STUDENT COMMENT: The image is from a portraiture series for my final year first semester folio. The concept was to return with some true to life portraits of individuals, I had crossed paths with in life. I wanted the images to have deep blacks and higher than normal levels of contrast for the dramatic effect and gritty punch whilst capturing the person I know to exist under any facade the individual portrays.
Having spent quite a bit of time at live events around Melbourne developing my skills where the performances are a little adhoc and you have little to no control over lighting, always working with what you have in a venue, I wanted to return to the Studio to slow it down, nothing makes me happier then collaborating with other creative individuals and seeing where the process takes you.

10 Questions for PSC’s Coordinator of Digital Programs Craig Shell

Representing a broad range of photographic skill and experience, Craig now concentrates his professional efforts toward educating the photographers of tomorrow. After 15 years of advertising photography, having been printed and published world wide, and a winner of 5 advertising awards, Craig felt he has achieved enough in the commercial world and now enjoys a Fine Art led practice. Having recently completed a Masters in Fine Art (MFA), “Trauma Imagery- Documenting the Views from Hell”, Craig has keen interest in the investigation of memory effect and the passages of time within the linguistical application and reading of the photographic language.

1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

An Airline pilot

2. When did you decide to pursue photography as a career?

I had always loved photography from an early age and it was in my early 20’s when I realized I could make a career of it.

3. Do you think you have your own style of photography, if so, what is it about your photos that stand out ?

I think we all have a photographic style and I am no exception, however, I am always trying new aesthetics, therefore, my style has evolved with the times.

4. What are the most important influences that have moved you as a photographer?

Albert Watson – a brilliant photographer who is blind in one eye !

5. How do you define success, and what keeps you going?

To be recognized for something you enjoy.

6. a What was your worst client experience?

Clients who have gone bankrupt whilst owing me money.

6. b What was your best client experience?

So many good experiences it’s hard to name just one. Meeting personalities, famous bands, significant people and politicians. Being involved in large advertising campaigns. Winning advertising awards. I once spent an afternoon with Red Symons in my studio office talking life, drinking coffee and doing geek things on computers.

7. If you could have only one camera and lens, which would you choose and why?

Any quality 35 mm body with a great 24mm lens

8. If you were to give one piece of advise, what would it be?

Be yourself, follow your heart.

9. What hangs on your walls? Do you collect the work of other artists?

I have many items on my walls, some of my work, some from others and some from where, I do not know.

10. What are some fun facts about you that may or may not be directly related to your work?

I have travelled overseas every year for the last 20 years. I like to cook. I love eating chocolate. Maltesers are awesome ! I have snow boarded down an active volcano.