Today we are catching up with Australian Student Photographer of the year (2016), Tayla Nuss Soeharto; learning about her journey in photography, and what she is up to now after winning the highest award a photography student can get in Australia.
At the time I was really interested in analogue photography so I guess I was expecting to make progress with film techniques and develop my style through that. However, even though I still enjoy using film, I think the digital world won me over!
Looking back through my work, I have always used a lot of colour in my images and been very interested in objects, especially ones found in the everyday household. All the series I made while at PSC were also set up in some kind of way, either in a studio setting or around the house. Compared to my early works, my lighting technique is much more resolved and my images are a lot cleaner. Throughout my studies I began working with fashion students, which has slowly warmed me up to the idea of photographing people and not just objects.
At the moment I’m working with a few RMIT fashion students and taking photos for their publication, as well as starting a mini out-of-space inspired still life series, which is still a work in progress!
Don’t be afraid to show all of your work in progress images even if you hate all of them, they can be the beginning of something brilliant!
I intern at The Photo Studio two days a week, work my casual job and watch weird space videos every now and then.
I mostly pull inspiration from the random things around me or things that I watch.
My dream shoot would be to collaborate with American artists Alex Wallbaum and Aleia Murawski on some kind of fun and whacky still life project.
I sometimes get in a mood where everything inspires me, like a colour, a piece of fruit, or a weird object and i just need to set something up and photograph it!