Jo Scicluna / When Our Horizons Meet

Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street Fitzroy VIC 3065
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 28 April 2013, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: 3 April – 19 May 2013

Photography Studies College and The PrintShop@PSC are proud supporters.

Jo Scicluna’s work was proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.

Jo Scicluna is a Melbourne-based artist. In a new body of work, she will explore the genre of landscape through her primary media of photography and space. In a world where landscape can act as a surrogate portrait, a marker of self, Scicluna investigates means of place making and marking, in order to translate the eternally fluid definition of self.

mage: Jo Scicluna Where I Have Always Been [An Island] 2012 (detail)

Graduate Focus – Leon Schoots

When did your passion for photography begin?

Photography for me didn’t start in the normal cliché way, I didn’t grow up with a camera around my neck and I never spent time in a darkroom, instead it was more a means of exploring everything I was interested in once I finished VCE. My interests seemed to change every few months but photography could be applied to whatever I happened to be doing or whatever new passion I had at the time.

How did you find out about the course at PSC?

I decided to start studying after working in a portrait studio both here and in Sydney as well as in Saudi Arabia. It was time for a direction change so I did a search for potential courses and PSC sounded like a place where I could grow my creativity, instead of being stuck in technical theory classes. After meeting the teachers and the staff and seeing the facilities I knew it would be a great place to study.

What was your greatest challenge while studying?

Although I work in a studio and photograph people daily my biggest challenge was always getting comfortable with new people. Moving to Melbourne meant making new friends and also made some of the people based assignments a real push out of my comfort zone. It was a real challenge to begin with but as the semesters progressed so did my confidence and skills.

Share some thoughts about your PSC teachers and your mentors?

The staff at PSC are fantastic! Most have a strong background in the industry and as such can offer an enormous amount of knowledge not otherwise accessible. This was one of the biggest selling points of PSC as well. I knew photography was a very close knit industry and any help and experience would be more valuable than years spent in lectures and in front of a computer.

What inspires you in your photographic practice?

My biggest inspiration came from seeing other peoples work, not just professionals in the industry but also fellow students. Once I found a style and aesthetic I could relate to, I focused on pushing my own work to a comparable level. In my 3rd year I worked incredibly hard to take advantage of the mentor program and this had a huge influence on my own work and my path once the program at PSC finished.

Describe what you’re doing now.

Currently I am assisting full time for an incredible photographer! She was my mentor during 3rd year and still is everyday. She has had a massive influence on my work and I still pinch myself regularly when we work together. I also shoot some freelance work on the odd day I have free.

What advice would you give to future students?

The best advice I can give students is to take full advantage of the mentor program. It is important to find someone you really admire and can form a strong relationship with. Not only will they be an incredible source of knowledge but if you work hard and stay passionate everyday it can lead to great things once you finish studying.

PSC First Year Students lunch time catch up sessions

The first of the PSC lunch time sessions was held on Thursday 7th March. This session brought together the first year students who have relocated to attend PSC or have an extra long commute!

The second year student experts shared their experiences of moving out of home and how they had to learn some important budgeting skills! They were also on hand to give the first years some tips on how to survive the long journey on the train.

The next session will be held towards the end of March…

AIPP Vic. Critique Night

With the upcoming VIPPY and APPA competitions coming up, now is a great time to start getting prepared.  The AIPP is running a free print critique workshop on 13 March.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get valuable input and advice on how to improve your work, before VIPPY and APPA submissions are due.  Take advantage of these industry events and book in now.

When: 13th March 2013, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Where: Suite 5 205A Middleborough Road, Box Hill South, VIC 3128
Cost: FREE

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10 Questions for PSC’s Tutor Michael Warnock

Untitled Uncertainty Michael Warnock

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

A builder, like my grandfather.

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

I didn’t, it was by accident

3. How would you describe your work to a complete stranger?

I wouldn’t bother

4. What is the most important idea, issue, dilemma or thing that you want to address in your art?

Human consciousness and the politically, cultural and personal implications of it.

5. What are the most important influences that have moved you as an artist?

A wonder for the world of the senses (a sensual world) and the realisation that we – humans – can play with this to manufacture meaning.

6. Do you visualise your Art before creating? Do you know what it will look like before you begin? What’s your process?

It is a vague visualisations that never manifests as it does in my mind – how could it? On this note, I should probably try not to make art that ascribes by a vague image in my mind… but I stupidly, and perennially, try

7. How important do you think it is for artists to know about art history, and why?

Important to know but not whilst creating. Temporary amnesia is good for creation

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

Success is happiness; of course things like money, power, status do have an impact on happiness (unless we’re enlightened?). Of course to what degree such factors influence the level of our happiness is probably up to us

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

I do things that no one could imagine in different contexts to the degree that I surprise myself, at least once a week.  I also see every day wasted in which I don’t dance, sing and laugh at myself at least once a day (that was stolen from Nietzsche).

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

I wish I had a Max Ernst on my wall, so there is an empty space for that but otherwise there are a few Indian myths, in which I wonder whether I should pray to them or not, and a few images My wife and I took and enjoy to ponder when the sun goes down…. when we look hard enough they move and dance for us like in a dream.


The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre foyer
210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 6th March 2013, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: continues through March 8am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday

An exhibition of photography at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre by our recent female graduates  exploring the theme of gender representation and change.
Please join us for the opening and to celebrate this exhibition.