PSC pals – A new student mentor program for 2017 – Featuring Josh Braidner

Starting in 2017, we have a new student peer-to-peer mentoring program called PSC pals. The program gives current second and third year students the ability to mentor and support students who are new to PSC.

Throughout the year in 2017, we will be bringing you updates from the PSC pals program, but until then we will be featuring one of the PSC pals student mentors here on our blog and on our social media channels per week until the start of semester one.

For our second week, we’re glad to feature Josh Braidner (third year 2017).

by Josh Braidner

Student Feature – Sevim Ozkan

Over the past few days, we’ve been featuring a bunch of students who finished their studies at PSC at the end of 2016. Today we’re featuring Sevim Ozkan (Photojournalism Major).

Why did you choose to study at PSC?
At a time when I was soul searching to express myself better where I thought my English was failing me, I knocked on the PSC’s door to explore a new medium.

How did you grow throughout your time at PSC?
PSC was the birthplace to my photographic journey. I didn’t come from an artistic family, neither did I think I had the skills. To me, it was pushing another boundary in life and see what would come out of it. It wasn’t necessarily for a new career move, it was more so I wanted to offer myself a new dimension to “seeing”. PSC has been my hub for inspiration, support and life-long friendships.

What process did you go through for your final project?
My final project has developed over a client brief for Youth Junction Inc in Sunshine, an organisation offers a variety of support services to disadvantaged young people aged from 12 to 25. My multimedia piece focused on the core issues these young people face and live with and the support this organisation offers to them at these crucial stages of their lives.
My print folio consisted of individual portraits of young people living with issues like drug addictions, mental health problems and dysfunctional families. The project has made me grow, see and question. I found myself at places I wouldn’t have otherwise been or explore. It’s been an immense learning process in every way possible.

What are your plans from here?
Following my multimedia project for the folio, I have now developed a strong interest in short documentary pieces. I will always maintain a personal project on the side to keep my passion fuelled. I have two young children and hoping by the time they’re both at school age, I’ll make a full-time income from my photography business.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their studies at PSC?
See the light, feel the light, live the light. It’s all about light. With light comes the mood comes the story, comes the expression.

by Sevim Ozkan

Student Feature – Robert Palmer

Over the next couple of days, we’re going to be featuring a bunch of students who finished their studies at PSC at the end of 2016. Today we’re featuring Robert Palmer (Photojournalism Major).

Members from Army, Navy and Air Force attend the interservice Biathlon event at Mt Hotham, Australia. Biathlon is a Winter sport that combines the two opposing disciplines of cross-country skiing and precision target shooting. Often compared to running 100 metres and then trying to thread a needle. The competition consists of several events over a period of two weeks which tests fitness, stamina and skill at arms.

Why did you choose to study at PSC?
I wanted to study somewhere that focused on photography as a career path, not just a hobby. I also wanted to study somewhere where I could be accredited in my field.

How did you grow throughout your time at PSC?
In many, many ways. I have grown immensely with both creative and technical skills, especially the use of software such as Photoshop and Premiere. I’m now able to decide when and why to use a particular technique, rather than just using it because I know how.

What process did you go through for your final project?
I documented a winter biathlon – which is snow sport, rifle shooting and skate skiing. I produced a four minute video as well as a series of still images. I documented the event in a documentary style, including interviews of the participants – both beginners and experienced. As a whole, the series depicts a series of challenges, both mental and physical, and people overcoming them using mental and physical fitness and skill.

What are your plans from here?
I want to develop a business in both video and still imagery. I’m also very interested in the use of drone and UAV equipment for aerial photography. I definitely think this type of work is going to be requested more and more by clients in the future, so it’s definitely an area I want to focus on.

What advice would you give to anyone starting their studies at PSC?
Make yourself open to honest and constructive feedback that will challenge you to produce your best work.

by Robert Palmer

Student Feature – Joanne Manariti

Over the next couple of days, we’re going to be featuring a bunch of students who finished their studies at PSC at the end of 2016. Today we’re featuring Joanne Manariti (Commercial Major).

Why did you choose to study at PSC?
I loved photography and wanted to learn more about it as a craft and how to create great and interesting images.

How did you grow throughout your time at PSC?
I learnt more about the technical aspects of photography and how to use my camera, including in the studio environment, and the importance of communicating through your imagery and developing a concept.

What process did you go through for your final project?
My final project included three diverse concepts which, on the surface, might seem unrelated, but what connects them is the high level of collaboration that was required for them all. Collaborations with floral designers, stylists, makeup artists, illustrators and clients not only brought my initial ideas to life visually, but the ideas were developed further through the team’s input and expertise so we could achieve something greater than the original idea.

What are your plans from here?
I would like to work in both the domestic portrait market as well as commercial photography for business, catering to their needs (such as product photography, social media content and website images).

What advice would you give to anyone starting their studies at PSC?
Invest the time in yourself and your ideas and try the things that scare you – it will help you grow and learn as a photographer. Do this sooner rather than later. Also be sure to utilise the wonderful resources at PSC, whether it’s your tutors, the printshop, the studio staff or the IT staff as they are all a wealth of knowledge and experience. Immerse yourself, follow your interests, connect with people and you’ll emerge after your studies with even more passion for photography than when you first started.

by Joanne Manariti

by Joanne Manariti

by Joanne Manariti

 

Student Feature – Mariana Navarro

“I never wanted to study in my life until I decided to improve my hobby and came across PSC. PSC definitely brought out the creative that was hidden inside. This work is something that I would not been able to do alone – the tutors are amazing and so helpful, they’re hands on with every student and the feedback is great.

I feel I have pushed the limits in my work by being at the college and studying here at PSC.

As a mature student I would definitely recommend PSC. If you don’t know what you are doing with yourself and you really want to experience something new, PSC has a lot of time to give students, I feel very welcome here and that my ideas and questions are heard and responded to.

I really like it here. I don’t want to leave, I want to stay here forever – I feel so enriched!”

by Mariana Navarro

Mariana Navarro

PSC Graduate David Collopy Exhibition ‘Yesterday Once More’

One of PSC’s talented graduates has recently opened an exhibition at the State Library of Victoria in the Palmer Hall. The exhibition is titled ‘Yesterday Once More’ and it features historical images and David’s own recreation of these images many, many years later.

“I thought it would be interesting to do a then and now and try to emulate as much as possible all of the same elements that were in the frame originally … So if there was a car in a certain spot, I’d try to get that, if there was a person in a certain spot, I’d try to get that, and it just kept growing.” – David Collopy

The exhibition runs until the 6th of March 2017, so be sure to check it out!

by David Collopy

Final year student Jade Byrnes wins award at CCP Salon 2016 for her book Kinglake

Congratulations to one of our final year students from the bachelor degree, Jade Byrnes, for being awarded the Perimeter Books Best Self-Published Photobook award at the CCP Salon 2016 for her book Kinglake!

by Jade Byrnes

by Jade Byrnes

Final year student Sarah Walker to be published in ‘A place both wonderful and strange’ by Fuego Books

Congratulations to one of our final year students from the bachelor degree, Sarah Walker, who is to be published in ‘A place both wonderful and strange’ – soon to be published by Fuego Books!

The book is a photographic anthology of new photographic works inspired by the TV series Twin Peaks and the universe of David Lynch.

The book is due to be published in 2017 and until then you can view the website here.

PSC pals – A new student mentor program for 2017 – Featuring Antoine Loncle

Starting in 2017, we have a new student peer-to-peer mentoring program called PSC pals. The program gives current second and third year students the ability to mentor and support students who are new to PSC.

Throughout the year in 2017, we will be bringing you updates from the PSC pals program, but until then we will be featuring one of the PSC pals student mentors here on our blog and on our social media channels per week until the start of semester one.

To start things off, we’re glad to feature Antoine Loncle (second year 2017).

by Antoine Loncle

Students selected as finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize for 2017

While we can’t share their images, we’re extremely excited to announce that two of our students have been selected as finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize for 2017!

We’d like to congratulate Noah Thompson, one of our first year bachelor degree students and Jo-Anne Cripps, one of our final year bachelor degree students, for being selected.

We can’t say much else yet… but stay tuned for announcements in 2017!