Looking Back at Orientation Week

Last week PSC celebrated the start of another exciting year, welcoming new students into the campus during Orientation. Students had the chance to mingle with their teachers, understand the course of their studies for the year and network with one another.

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Students were then introduced to their mentors and assigned a fun project on Instagram titled ‘PSCProject’. They were given various themes such as  #pscuglyproject, #pscfuturisticproject, #pscbadsmellproject, #pscsilenceproject and #pscdangerousproject. The PSC Instagram channel showcased students, highlighting their wonderfully diverse vision and style:

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Orientation Day itself was a whirlwind of activities. Students met their mentors for the day and had a wonderful barbecue lunch with the staff, along the banks of the Yarra River. Everyone enjoyed the city views from the river and excited about their studies at PSC.

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Staff also welcomed Jonathan Shaw, our visiting academic from Coventry University. Jonathan is here to spend time on campus, with his expertise in innovative learning, teaching and photographic practice in the digital age.

Jonathan finished the week with a wonderful Image Makers Seminar, where he presented topics from his book ‘NewFotoScapes’. He addressed topics related to ‘open access’, learning in the digital world and the value of photography today. Our recordings from Jonathan Shaw’s Image Makers Seminar will be posted soon.

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We thank our students and staff for making the Orientation week so jubilant! The PSC family looks forward to an eventful year ahead!

Shing Chia on Connecting with People and Getting Published

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Shing received his first SLR Camera (a Canon 300 series model) as a teenager and was always on a quest to take excellent photographs. Years later, he enrolled himself at PSC with the aim of fulfilling this dream. During his final year of studying part time, Shing had the wonderful opportunity of getting his work published by Royal Auto Magazine (RACV). Creating a series of images at PSC to submit to Royal Auto, he was selected by the editor to work on various assignments for the magazine.

His first piece turned out to be an interesting interview with RACV model-plane-enthusiast Bill Bloodworth. Shing made a short video on this personality, which has just been released on Youtube:

Shing enjoyed having the artistic freedom to manage shoots according to his vision, while working for Royal Auto. He was able to create concepts and think of solutions for each assignment, on the fly. After executing the style and vision he learnt to develop at PSC, while working for the magazine, his hard work and uniqueness paid off. Royal Auto chose him to shoot an important heritage feature on RACV vintage cars that was produced in their digital edition of December 2015.

Here’s a video he produced for the publication:

(You can access the photographs and article, by downloading the Royal Auto magazine app.)

Shing currently works in the IT infrastructure team for a business school. His motivation for never giving up on his part time studies was the drive to learn from those who changed his perspective:

“Producing great photography, telling stories and striking an emotional connection with your viewers is important. This is something that my lecturers at PSC taught me. If the picture doesn’t connect with anyone, people won’t feel like seeing your work- no matter how great your technique is.”

Image by Shing Chia

Image by Shing Chia

Shing has a deep interest in covering people stories, which he knows is the highest mountain to climb – yet the most satisfying. His advice for taking portrait shots, is to try talking to your subjects and engaging them in a conversation that reveals who they are, before taking your camera out.

Image by Shing Chia

Image by Shing Chia

His ‘Master and Apprentice’ series is a testament to his passion of photography. It is a personal project that was further developed at PSC and focuses on old trades that are disappearing from society. During the course of developing this series, Shing felt his respect grow for the old fashion methods of creating things. He admires the tenacity of business owners from previous generations who struggled against all odds to make their dream a reality, and pass down their skills to younger generations. The project is one that is constantly evolving; Shing is now capturing trades that have ‘significant histories’.

Image by Shing Chia

Image by Shing Chia

For Shing, people are extremely fascinating to capture. It makes perfect sense, since he’s a well traveled person who has experienced the joy of building connections with those of varied cultural backgrounds. Shing was born in Borneo and moved to Singapore at the age of 11 to live with guardians. He then migrated to Tasmania, along with his family and moved to Melbourne in 1996.

Image by Shing Chia

Image by Shing Chia

Shing is currently very busy with clients since completing his studies from PSC. He is working on developing a new website at the moment, and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours.

To learn more about Part Time courses beginning on March 9 at PSC, contact us.

Featuring Part Time Student Amanda Shackleton

Amanda Shackleton recently completed her Advanced Diploma in 2015. Being a part time student at PSC, Amanda was steadfast in securing a variety of assignments for herself within and outside PSC. Last July, she was selected for The Northsider internship, an opportunity organised by PSC teacher Bill Bachman for students every year.  After submitting a folio of work comprised of images she created at PSC and for external clients, Amanda had the chance to meet the photo-editor of The Northsider who then offered her the internship.

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Image by Amanda Shackleton

The Northsider is a local – community paper that features the culture and life of Melbourne’s northern suburbs. During her internship so far, Amanda has had the chance to cover portraits of different people and various local businesses (such as cafes and restaurants). She was also fortunate to shoot photographs for a feature on cerebral palsy, with the Cerebral Support Network in Preston. On top of this, the paper published her article about ‘The Humble Dumpling’. This was an assignment she had prepared for PSC, which then was chosen by The Northsider.

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Image by Amanda Shackleton

According to Amanda, the internship exposed her to different types of briefs and meeting press deadlines. She feels that her experience at PSC has provided the skills needed to meet the briefs at The Northsider.

Image by Amanda Shackleton. Click image to read her article.

Image by Amanda Shackleton. Click image to read her article.

‘We did a lighting on location class with Bill Bachman and Scott McNaughton last year, which was fantastic. I took the skills that I picked up in that class, into my shoots with The Northsider. The class taught me to think on my feet with the equipment I had, and look at ways of using natural light.”

Image by Amanda Shackleton.

Images by Amanda Shackleton.

Amanda also just had her final folio series at PSC, ‘Beer’s Run’ published by Trail Run magazine (January Edition). This is a remarkable photo-essay that Amanda created, after her experience of following runner Aiden Beer’s  100km marathon along The Great Ocean Road trail. Amanda also made a short documentary on this.

We wish Amanda all the best and look forward to seeing further developments in her work.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities at PSC with our part time course options, feel free to contact us. 

Student Feature: Mathew Molloy

Our inspiring feature for the weekend is Mathew Molloy, our Advanced Diploma student in Stage 3. Mathew’s work largely revolves around themes related to liberation from anxiety and freedom. He is a fine art and fashion photographer who develops images that speak about ‘the power and beauty of emotion that exists throughout our being.’

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Image by Mathew Molloy

Here is a little Q/A with Mathew:

Describe your first impression of PSC:

I was so blown away by the students’ work hanging on the walls on that first Open Day.

What do you like most about PSC?

I would have to say that it put me in an environment where I was surrounded by like minded people, all heading towards the same goal. 

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Image by Mathew Molloy

What is your favourite class and why?

Studio. I love working in the studio where I am free to manipulate the light towards the outcome I am after. 

How different is your photography and conceptual skill now, compared to the first week of the course?

My photography is now at a stage where I have the confidence to shoot anything for any client.

What’s your dream job? Where do you hope to be ten years from now?

I am fortunate enough to have some good clients at the moment, but I would love to gain some more international clients. I hope to have a great international clientele allowing me to work all over the world. 

What advice would you give to future students?

Be brave in the concepts that you are going to produce. You will not standout from the crowd if you are going to base your work on concepts or styles that have been done time and again. Work hard to find and refine your own photography style, that way you will be much more comfortable with the work you produce. 

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Image by Mathew Molloy

Featuring Steve Banham and His ‘Aussie Post’ Letterbox Series

Steve Banham completed his Advanced Diploma from PSC in December 2015. It was 7 years ago when he began his incredible ‘Aussie Post’ Letterbox photo-series, finding inspiration in the southern tip of rural New South Wales. Sighting a special looking letterbox, he found himself on a journey of discovery where he met new people, capturing a unique trend of ostentatious letterboxes adorning front lawns. With the encouragement of his photojournalism teacher, Bill Bachman, Steve expanded his series and incorporated it into his final folio at PSC. He aims to publish his own photography book about letterboxes in the near future.

Image by Steve Banham

Image by Steve Banham

For an entrepreneur who owns a commercial flooring business, Steve somehow managed to find the time to balance both of his passions. While studying at PSC, he appreciated the variety of learning photography in field and studio sessions under the guidance of inspiring teachers – such as Michael Coyne and Bill Bachman. Steve regarded his time at PSC as an investment he made in himself to learn something he always wanted to do.

Here are some images from Steve Banham’s series:

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Image by Steve Bahnam

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Image by Steve Banham

You can follow Steve’s ongoing series here.

 

Meet New PSC Student Louise Chen!

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“My first day at PSC was brilliant. I enjoyed my classes and felt that the teachers were open to answering questions and spending extra time with us. I hope to conquer the technical aspects of photography in my course, as I plan to major in Photojournalism.” – Louise Chen, our new Advanced Diploma student has recently started her course at PSC and has spent years working as a volunteer photojournalist for The Green Left Weekly. We’re excited to see the work that Louise develops at PSC and encourage you to follow her Instagram account to see her wonderful images.

Bill Bachman Gets Published in Australian Geographic’s 130th Edition

Bill Bachman, co-ordinator of the Photojournalism Major at PSC, recently had his work featured in the 130th edition of Australian Geographic magazine. From its founding in 1986 by Dick Smith, the journal quickly became Australia’s foremost geographical magazine. Known for it high quality writing, photography, illustration and cartography, the publication’s brief has always been to celebrate Australia’s best in the areas of landscape, natural history, science, industry and people. It has also faithfully maintained a strong focus on adventure and exploration.

Bill contributed a photograph to the very first issue more than 30 years ago and went on to become a favorite among the magazine’s regular contributors, shooting more than 25 features over as many years.

Bill Bachman is Featured in the Australian Geographic. Click the image to see more.

Bill Bachman is Featured in the Australian Geographic. Click the image to see more.

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He has long been a keen explorer of the Australian way of life in his own right, having written and photographed articles for a number of other magazines both here and overseas. He has also produced books such as Off The Road Again, a photographic diary of his outback travels, Special Delivery, a light-hearted look at Australia’s roadside art, The Murray River and the international best-seller Local Colour: Travels in the Other Australia, a thematic look at life beyond the urban fringe.

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By Australian Geographic editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick

For the most recent edition of Australian Geographic he travelled to King Island to revisit a feature he shot in 2009. The accompanying excerpt from “Every Picture Tells a Story: 30 Years of AG Photography” by editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick makes note of Bill’s special relationship with the magazine. We’re delighted to have Bill as a key member of the PSC teaching team!

Starting a New Chapter at PSC

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Stephen Ronayne has just started his part time studies at PSC with teacher Scott McNaughton to guide him. Here’s what he has to say after his first week of studying photography:

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined PSC. I come from a technical-engineering background, so I know all about the technical aspects related to photography –  like the intricacies of how a camera works! After a week of being at PSC, I feel that I’m now getting a good balance between the technical and artistic elements. I’m glad that I joined a course that caters to all types of people with varied skills.”

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

Image by Stephen Ronayne

The ‘Awareness Walk’ assignment that was given to us by Scott in our first week got us to think with a photographer’s frame of mind. It made me think about the environment I was in. I now pay closer attention to everything that goes on in a particular place, rather than focusing on just one aspect.”

We’re glad Stephen has experienced a change in his perspective while being at PSC. He is still exploring avenues in photography that will lead him to his favourite subject and style. Looking at the pictures he’s taken, we can surely say that Stephen is on an exciting path to exploring his wonderful talents in photography!

Cath Grey’s Achievements with Royal Auto & Bauer Media

 Cath Grey, who has a background in IT (user-experience), just finished her Advanced Diploma after 4 years of studying part time. Her internship with the prestigious Bauer Media Group (Australia’s leading multi-platform magazine publisher) began on Monday, sparking off more possibilities in the field of professional photography.

'Russell' by Cath Grey for her final folio at PSC

‘Russell’ by Cath Grey for her final folio at PSC

Cath secured this internship through her photojournalism class, after showcasing her portfolio of photography (largely developed while she was at PSC) to the head videographer at Bauer Media who then selected her. Last year, she had worked with another prominent publication; Royal Auto (RACV) where she covered the regions of Ivanhoe and Heidelberg for their online digital magazine.

Having done photoshoots for real estate and architecture thanks to networking with people in the industry, she was also able to land a gig with Tennis Australia as an image editor – results of which have been published on the website of the Australian Open. Cath is looking forward to gaining a richer experience in professional videography and photography with Bauer Media, as she is keen to work across different genres. Her education at PSC has given her a good foundation in understanding how client briefs work, portrait photography as well as studio photography – allowing her to apply different spheres of knowledge to the assignments she’ll be getting.

Cath Grey's Product Shoot for 'Coco Rum'

Cath Grey’s Product Shoot for ‘Coco Rum’

A self motivator, Cath advises part time students to get out there in the world, to keep shooting and challenging themselves with new concepts. She had joined PSC to finesse her skills in photography, after travelling to different places and using her camera to capture her experiences. She now feels much more confident with her work and is happy to have an unexpected development in her professional life; that of freelance photography assignments which she works on part time.

Adrianne Harrowfield Reflects on Her Internship with The Age

After completing fours years of her Advanced Diploma in Photography, Adrianne now plans to focus on kickstarting her side business QED Photography, which carries the message of her father’s life motto: ‘Quietly Ever Determined’. During the months of December and January, Adrianne was one of the two students chosen for an internship with The Age. Along with Daniel Pockett, her name was put forward by Bill Bachman (photojournalism teacher) for the opportunity, where her work over the years was considered by the picture editor of the news publication.

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By Adrianne Harrowfield

The highlight of the internship for Adrianne was having her work printed and published. It gave her the chance to photograph subjects that she wouldn’t usually capture in her own photography, such restaurants and food. “The variety the internship gave me, was a fantastic experience,” she says while reflecting on how the past two months gave her an insight into the photojournalism industry in Melbourne.

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Adrianne, who’s also a full time science and biology teacher, hopes to eventually teach photography. We were delighted to have Adrianne share her journey with us and wish her all the best for her future ventures. PSC will definitely keep you updated with Adrianne’s upcoming achievements.

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By Adrianne Harrowfield