Mid Year Exhibition review

With a range of stunning work, our students have brought together family history, environmental issues, sports, fashion, and an array of people with stories so unique they often slip under the radar. Created by students in the Bachelor of Photography course, Advanced Diploma of Photography course, and the Pathway Program, our mid year exhibition is an amazing showcase of our talented and passionate students. Visit the college to see even more work!


James Thorn is a final year Bachelor of Photography student, majoring in commercial photography. James’ series ‘Found” is a photographic exploration of the life of a gold prospector, shot in a non-traditional documentary method, the series is an abstracted look at the average day of a prospector. Recently James was awarded a silver with distinction from the AIPP for his abstract work. Go to his website to see more of his diverse skill set or follow him on Instagram.


“Seeing Ourselves” is a series of introspective biographical portraits of women for women, which explores with playfulness and irony what it means and feels like to identify as  ‘woman’ and a ‘creative’, in the face of the ever-present ‘culture of domesticity’. Juliana Rudewych is a current Advanced Diploma of Photography student, she seeks to reveal the similarities and differences in the challenges and experiences faced by women today. Follow Juliana on Instagram 



Advanced Diploma of Photography student Luke Rush has centred his final year folio around the use of denim and sex appeal in fashion. Inspired by Beyonce’s Lemonade film (6 Inch Heels) Luke has utilised his skills in studio lighting to create a story line around his subject being hysterical from the isolation of the apartment in which the photographs are taken. Earlier this year Luke won his second silver award at the APPAs, read more about Luke’s practice here, or follow him on Instagram.



Second year Bachelor of Photography student Noah Thompson has once again created a wonderful example of his documentary skills by photographing the community of people who race pigeons in Victoria; “My desire (is) to create a documentary series around a small community of people who share in the same passion, while exploring individual personalities and stories”. With the approach of giving the subjects involved the appropriate level of respect, Noah has stepped back and allowed the viewers to draw their own conclusions about the sport and people involved. Read more about what else Noah got up to in 2017, or follow him on Instagram.




In June 2017, Ruby Henshall completed the pathway program to receive a Bachelor in Photography, following on from five years earlier when she graduated from our Advanced Diploma of photography. After making the decision to undertake a degree in photography, Ruby came back to PSC after working as a commercial photographer to work on a more personal, fine art project; in doing so she created “Re-Wild”. The series explores the complexities of nature and challenges the notion of ‘wild’, it examines how nature is capable of existing in forgotten landscapes called novel eco-systems, reclaiming and re wilding out of sight of humans. To see more of Ruby’s work, follow her on Instagram.

Feature Friday 20th October 2017; Clare Delaney

This week we caught up with Advanced Diploma of Photography student Clare Delaney to learn about her journey here at PSC.


Clare Delaney, 2017


What got you started in photography?

The earliest memory I have with photography is watching my father take photos on his Pentax K1000 in Lorne of waves crashing on the shoreline. I was around ten years old and was so fascinated. My dad wrapped his camera around my neck, taught me what he knew and said, “Now, go ahead, shoot.” Let’s just say it has been love ever since.

When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become? 

I have always been the artistic type across a range of different mediums, so being an artist was always the end game for me. Art and free fluid creativity have always been the most interesting aspects of photography that I have connected to the most. At one point though, I was really interested in photojournalism. I found the idea of travelling and being a sort of detective was the appeal.

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point? 

In terms of photography, I would say is understanding light and analysing it in your own work. Lighting and studio classes at PSC really have taught me the most. You can never stop learning and applying different lighting techniques to your photos to make them sing. In terms of life, the most beneficial thing I have learnt is to be willing to take risks.

What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?

I would say the most challenging moment so far is really just beginning the final semester of my course. Knowing I only have a short time left at PSC is both daunting and exciting. I hope to take up every opportunity I can to push myself for the last part of the year. 

What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?

In all honesty, I can’t choose a moment, I feel like it’s more of an overall feeling. I would say being surrounded in a creative environment and creative people. You are nurtured and it has allowed me to grow into the kind of creative person I have always inspired to be. The tutors are pretty amazing as well. The knowledge and passion they have to offer are so invaluable.

How has your style developed? What have you noticed is different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach? 

Good question! I have always been fascinated by things that are dark, things of fantasy and dangerous things. I feel there is a true beauty in these things and the sublime. The more I learn, the more I find myself being in tune with this side of me. Instead of holding back, I am opening up and embracing all things that I am drawn to create. I think that that is the key, being in tune with who you are and always learning, researching and changing.

So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?

My folio from second year is work I have been most proud of. The purpose of the series was to raise awareness around mental illness and suicide. I feel the series holds an important message; you are not alone in your fight. I want to make a difference with my photography however that may be. I feel this body of work was my first step in doing so. I hope to continue work with this concept in the future.

What are you working on at the moment? 

Currently, I am working on a series relating to mortality. After death, we leave behind our story — the essence of who we are — in pages of diaries, the stories told by loved ones and the photographs taken.

Clare Delaney, 2017



What do you do when you’re not taking photos?

I try to maintain a social life and a work balance while studying. In my spare time, you can find me swimming, going to healthy alternative expos, training my Rottweiler for dog shows or watching Netflix. I am a bit of film buff too.

Where do you find your motivation?

My fire is what motivates me. I am an incredibly self-driven and passionate person. When I want to achieve something, there is no holding me back. Also, my family, they are great motivators and the biggest fan club.

Who/what inspires you?

I am inspired by my experiences, nature and dark gothic literature. Artists and photographers who inspire me are Van Gogh, Picasso, Jane Burton, Bill Henson and Yervant Zanazanian. There are so many others but those are the most significant. 

What is your dream job/shoot?

I had this actual dream once that I was taking a fashion editorial shoot for Vogue Magazine with Emma Stone and Johnny Depp. It was full on and the sassiest thing I had ever seen. That was a pretty cool dream… One day soon, I hope it becomes a reality, haha! I would also love to exhibit both in Australia and overseas. I can see myself living the artist dream, travelling and making a difference in society through my art in the future.



To see more of Clare’s work, follow her on Instagram 



Clare Delaney, 2017

Samantha Everton Visits PSC

Our Advanced Diploma of Photography art major students were treated to an artist talk today by Melbourne-based artist Samantha Everton. With incredible attention to detail in her images, Samantha discussed her practice; using a series of hidden wires and support harnesses – every element and movement within her images is captured in-camera.

Samantha Everton, ‘Marionettes’


With the students in their final year, Samantha also spoke about how necessary commitment, determination and drive are to sustaining a long-term artistic practice, while also speaking about how she manages her practice as a business.


This was an invaluable insight for our final year Advanced Diploma of Photography students! Thank you very much for dropping in Samantha!

See work by our art major students, and please contribute to their Pozible for their end of year exhibition.

Feature Friday 28th July 2017: Kayla De Saint Aromain

Friday July 28th is featuring Advanced Diploma of Photography student Kayla De Saint Aromain.

Kayla De Saint Aromain

What got you started in Photography? 
 I got started early high school after participating in an end-of-year activity where I quickly fell in love!
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
Initially I wanted to work with nature, maybe a National Geographic photographer! That’s totally changed haha
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
I’ve learned how to live my dreams
What has been the most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Deadlines and essays are always challenging for me. Recently, entering the VPPYs and finding a mentor was very difficult!
How has your style developed?
I’ve learned a lot about myself and my art, which I really value. Everything has changed for the better! I feel like I can see now! My style has become more purposeful and an actual style is developing.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of’?
My last folio, about toxisity in the makeup industry, is probably the work im most proud of. It’s still not something I’m super proud of, but as a body of work it’s had the most success.

Kayla De Saint Aromain

What are you working on at the moment? 
I’m currently working on my folio, about the use and positive effect of tarot. I’m really honing my skills and style on this one so I’m really enjoying it.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
In my spare time, if I’m not watching dribble on the tv, I like to sew costumes and my own clothes.
Where do you find your motivation?
Currently, deadlines are a pretty solid motavation. But I find it easiest to do work when I have a clear idea of what I’m doing. Rethinking about my passion and dreams really helps too.
Who/what inspires you?
Francesca Woodman, Sarah Moon and Bill Henson are huge inspirations for my current work.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be working on the streets of Japan, shooting street fashion. But I’d also love to be able to embrace personal work and hold exhibitions!
To stay up to date with Kayla’s work, follow her on Instagram

Kayla De Saint Aromain

Mac Lawrence in British Journal of Photography

The sixth edition of the Talent Issue by the British Journal of Photography features one of our recent fine art graduates; Mac Lawrence.

What got you started in photography?
My early interests in photography started many years ago as away to mainly document my surroundings. Pretty banal kind of images   of my day to day, lots of photos of friends and family that kind of thing. More diaristic I guess.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 
Well before studying I just wanted to be able to use photography as a way to share stories. Through learning about the language of photography my interests and understanding became more focused.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned? 
It’s important to take the time to learn from your failures.

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
Being able to push through stagnating self-criticism.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Seeing all the hard work that everyone put in throughout the final year coming together on display at the graduate exhibition.
How has your style developed?
I would say through spending time reflecting and visually analysing the things I feel work and don’t work in the pictures I’m making. Asking myself if the pictures are saying the things I want them to, and thinking about why that is. If I’m making photographs that don’t seem to be working I try to digest them and understand where the issues are. I also learn a lot from the works of others that I find interesting and thinking about why I engage with their work. I don’t feel I have any one specific style and I try to challenge myself with new approaches. I try not to limit myself to just shooting film, or digital or only black and white or whatever it is, I just try to focus on what feels right for the work I’m making.
What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
It’s bout ideas of masculinity and representation in Australia. It’s quite a personal work, which developed through self-reflection and engaging with the social dialogue.

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

What are you working on at the moment? 
Still focusing on ideas of masculinity I’m currently writing proposals to exhibit a new work, which is in development, hoping to be able to show that somewhere in Melbourne. Also spending a lot of my time finalising a collaborative work with Sarah Walker, which is being exhibited at junior Space gallery in Collingwood towards the end of June. I’ll be heading to Malaysia for a bit shortly after that to help out my friends at Obscura Festival of Photography. 
What advice would you give to current students?
Embrace the process. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Taking a photograph is just one step in the process of making a cohesive body of work. In my final year I learnt just as much from making c**p photos as I did making ones that were interesting.

Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Most of my days are spent in my studio, which is not too far from my house in Brunswick. Each day is different; one day might be spent doing research or writing and others my focus might be spent working on files, making prints, planning shoot logistics etc.… I work for the man during my nights so I try to have a routine to my days to breed good creative habits, being in the studio at specific times helps that. Having structure in my practice is really important.
Where do you find your motivation?
Seeing development in my work, which drives me to reach my personal goals, motivates me.
Who/what inspires you?
Lots of things, I get a lot of inspiration from seeing the hard work others around me are doing. I try to surround myself with people that are have a ‘can to attitude’ and don’t try to complicate their lives by focusing to much on hurdles in front of them.


See more of Mac’s work on his website here.



Mac Lawrence, ‘Hidden Dispositions’, 2016

2016 Graduate Feature; Keely Farrugia

Today is it! Our final 2017 graduate feature before the graduation ceremony tonight.


Art photographer Keely Farrugia sat down and spoke to us about her three years at PSC.


Keely Farrugia, 2016


Hey Keely, after three years it’s all come to an end; when did you first start getting into photography? Why did you pursue it?

Well, when I was a child, I was always playing with the family camera. I’d often be in the backyard photographing plants, bugs and magpies, there was never a concept as too why, I guess I photographed whatever popped into the backyard and made it interesting. I was even more enthused by my friend’s father who happened to be a professional portrait photographer. This spiked my interest further when I got to hold his camera (Canon EOS 1D Mark IV), I was given the opportunity to photograph his daughters and watch over some of his portrait sessions. This was my first inspiration to become the photographer I am today.


Did you imagine you would become a portrait photographer like him?

Upon entering PSC, I aimed to be a creative fashion photographer. I had the goal of bringing a whole new concept and influence to the commercial/ editorial industry but also having the dream to one day be Annie Leibovitz’s assistant. I believe the most beneficial thing I’ve taken in so far is; it doesn’t hurt to slow down. Whilst learning how to drive a manual car, my great instructor said “You don’t have to go so fast as long as you get there at your own pace, everything will be fine”. I’ve lived by those words ever since, and as the days go by I’m just taking my time and enjoying life at my own pace.


Was that a challenge for you? Figuring out how to slow down?

No, the challenging moment was standing in front of people and talking about my work.

My most rewarding moment was receiving silver award in the APPAs and making friends during the course.


How did your style develop over the years you spent here?

To be honest I’m still trying to figure out what exactly is my style. It’s a work in progress, I’m inspired everyday whilst browsing through Pinterest and always finding a new challenge or wanting to appropriate an image. My style is all over the place, ask this question in 10 years, maybe I might have an answer but for now I’m still searching.


Keely Farrugia, 2016


What was your graduating folio about?

My graduating folio was literally about Breasts. It’s a debatable topic going on right now whether you know about it or not. My folio focused around the controversial issue of breasts and breast feeding in public. An exploration of society’s multiple outlooks on the female breast, using the body part as a confrontation towards public, social media and censorship but most importantly how it’s differentiated against it’s natural purpose. This idea came about, when scrolling through Facebook and watching several videos of social experiments of breastfeeding in public and the ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign spiralling to an internet phase. I decided to take this on, in the form of a fine art project, at first it did start out as a joke but after thorough research and careful imaging there was a sense of guilt in the end. The amount of insults and injustice that attacks the female breasts was beyond what I first imagined but it pushed the project forward to show the viewer how natural and pleasant breasts can be rather than a sexual object.


Do you have any advice for current students?

Pinterest is your friend, use it and abuse it. Inspiration is the most important thing, if you don’t have it, how are you going to meet your goal without it?


What have you been up to since you left  PSC?


I’ve been picking up on film photography, using my Pentax Spotmatic and Ilford 400 film. Recently I’ve been photographing portraits and spiders, using double exposure technique. It’s weird and random, I know. Whatever floats your boat, so far I’m sailing into a new direction of interest. Challenge accepted.


Brilliant! So when you’re to taking photos of spiders on film, what do you do?

I either browse Pinterest to find motivation and/or inspiration or read a Jane Austen novel. Sometimes you find creative ideas and influences in the most inconvenient moments.


What inspires you?

I’ve probably said this twice now but anything and everything on Pinterest inspires me, although when talking about photography I’m always inspired by Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Carrol Jerroms and Richard Alvedon. Everyday I’m truly inspired by my parents putting others first before themselves, going out their way to make my brother and I happy.


Do you have a dream job or shoot?

I have not given up on one day being Annie Leibovitz assistant, I vow to make it happen.



If you want to see what else Keely has been up to, check out her Instagram 


Keely Farrugia, 2016

2016 Graduate Feature: Sonja Broersen

Two days until graduation!!


Today let’s have a quick chat with graduating art photographer Sonja Broersen;


Sonja Broersen, 2016


Who and/or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the physical space around me, the body I inhabit and how the two exist in relation to one another.
What was your graduating folio about?
My graduating folio was a reflection on my experience with femininity, and my attempt to better understand my conflicting thoughts around female identity.

Sonja Broersen, 2016

What are you working on at the moment?
Lately I’ve been experimenting with other creative outlets and how I can eventually tie them back into my photographic practice. At the moment I’ve been playing with textile work, and plan to try other mediums such as sculpture.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
Having the opportunity to be around other like-minded people throughout this course has been incredibly rewarding. Being surrounded by people who share the same passion and interest in photography has really solidified my own understanding of why I was pursuing a career in art photography.
To see more of Sonja’s work, take a look at her website!

Sonja Broersen, 2016

2016 Graduate Feature; Jarred Mullenger

Today we are featuring graduating art photographer Jarred Mullenger, Jarred is our second 2017 graduate to be featured in Son Of A Gun Magazine. We caught up with Jarred to find out more about his connection to photography and his graduating folio “It’s 11am And I’m Still In My Dressing Gown”.

Jarred Mullenger, ‘It’s 11am And I’m Still In My Dressing Gown’, 2016

What attracted you to photography?
Well I was always a creative person growing up. Anything creative that used imagination and was out of the ordinary I was drawn to. I started off sketching. While everyone else was outside playing at lunchtime, I was in the art room having drawing lessons. It was my time to escape the routines of school and let my imagination run free. Moving forward a handful of years, I discovered the film camera and the darkroom; then my lunchtimes continued to be spent inside developing film and experimenting in the darkroom, so that’s where the interest in photography started.


Did you have an idea when you first started at PSC of the kind of photographer  you wanted to become?
I envisioned becoming the complete opposite to what I am today. I always imagined being a fashion photographer for magazines and runway and then slowly moving into being a designer.


What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
Accepting uniqueness and allowing time to grow.


Jarred Mullenger, ‘It’s 11am And I’m Still In My Dressing Gown’, 2016



What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
Overcoming self doubt, growing a voice and being confident in my own unique practice.


What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Making a strong group of friends that all share the same interest, teachers included! My confidence in my practice and also myself has grown a lot, as well as having a strong final series that I’m proud of.



How has your style developed?
My style has developed immensely and will always continue to do so. Through years of experimenting and questioning everything you’re doing and through trial and error your style will change naturally.


Jarred Mullenger, ‘It’s 11am And I’m Still In My Dressing Gown’, 2016



What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
The work I presented for the final folio focussed on the family dynamics in my house and interprets my view on the family aura in my household, looking at the changes that have occurred over time. I focussed on the strong female presence in the house following the separation of my parents and the repercussions it’s had on myself. Through this project I have begun to accept the disconnect that has established over time and now looking into the future for what lies ahead outside of the four walls I call home.

Unconsciously all my previous work had been very personal or a reflection of myself without me intentionally doing so, so I wanted to flip that around and see what would happen if I made work that is a self reflection of myself and go from there.



What are you working on at the moment?
I’m continuing with my final folio work which has the potential for me to work on for am lifetime, so who knows.


Jarred Mullenger, ‘It’s 11am And I’m Still In My Dressing Gown’, 2016


What advice would you give to current students?
You only get out as much as you put in!


What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
When my mind is not on photography, it’s either on fashion, family and friends, or being with nature.


Where do you find your motivation?
Motivation comes from a lot of things; everyday mundane activities can cause me to get a possible image in my end which I create into a digital image over time. Seeing other people succeed helps me stay motivated to achieve at the same level.


Who/what inspires you?
Friends and the family, the changes in our environment and other more established photographers.


What is your dream job/shoot?
Being a renowned artist exhibiting unique and personal work at a high standard in galleries locally and also internationally.



Follow Jarred and his ongoing work on his Instagram



Jarred Mullenger, ‘It’s 11am And I’m Still In My Dressing Gown’, 2016

2016 Graduate Feature; Emma Watson

Today’s graduate feature is on bachelor art student Emma Watson, yes you’ve heard her name before; she was a part of the ‘Element’s exhibition that was on display for the month of March at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Once again not the actress!


Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016


Hey Emma, your final folio ‘Folding’ has been seen and spoken about quite a few times, but going way back; when you first started at PSC what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
To be honest I wasn’t entirely certain. I suppose at an earlier point during PSC I envisioned myself to be a major documentary photographer that travels the world. However, I soon realized that ideal didn’t match my personality or style in the slightest and that my work had to be a lot more silent and minimal.


How do you describe that style?
It’s a lot more coherent and specific to a narrative. Unlike when I first started where everything I produced was a bit higgledy piggledy, I now feel confident that I can produce a body of work that I know will reflect my personal style and story.


What got you started in photography? Was it the higgledy piggledy?
It’s always been second nature to have everything I experience in my life captured through a lens. Photography has always been a part of my life, in fact you’ll struggle to find a time that hasn’t been documented. I’m simply continuing on with what I’ve always known.


Emma Watson, ‘Folding’ 2016


What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Mostly I read a lot of fiction. I find it to be a great source of inspiration for new ideas and just a great way to escape reality. It keeps me fresh and broadens the boundaries I unknowingly place on day to day situations.


What are you inspired by?
Books, documentaries, movies, diaristic photographic projects, really it’s anything that can change and challenge my point of view.


What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m in the early stages of trying to organize this concept of an online collaborative project where anyone can partake and submit their story/images. It’ll be a community for self expression, somewhere to be heard instead of ignored concerning specific topics. As I said it’s more of a concept than anything else at this stage.


Where do you get your motivation?
I find motivation from my past and present life experiences. All my work is very personal so naturally I draw everything I’ve and seen and felt to help me clarify a visual representation. It’s actually a very therapeutic process.

The chance to collaborate is a pretty big advantage of being at a place with like minded people, would you say that was the most rewarding part of PSC?
Actually, it was a day during my 3rd year where I confided in my beautiful teacher Hoda about the true meaning behind my work. It may sound as quite a small reward but it pushed my work into areas I wouldn’t of otherwise attempted or considered.

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned in your three years of study?

Naturally I learnt a great deal about the technicalities of photography, but I found that I learnt more about myself than anything else. I’ve now found so many different ways of self expression when words have previously failed me and by doing so have gained a much more profound sense of self and empathy for others.

What was the most challenging moment for you at PSC?
Without question it’d have to be me trying to break down those barriers I’ve built up within myself. The trick I’ve learnt for majoring in any art degree is allowing yourself to feel that vulnerability, to be utterly exposed and honestly raw within your concepts and self. It’s much easier said than done.
Can you give any advice to current students?
You’re going to face a moment when it feels like the world is out to get you. You’ll either lose your files, have no money for printing, or simply can’t break that mental slump of frequently trying to produce new ideas. The best advice I could give to someone at that time is to just ask yourself one question, am I doing this for the love or for the practicality of photography? Because if it’s for the practically you’re going to stop once you’ve reached that goal but if it’s for the love you’ll always continue on with the work.
See more of Emma’s work here

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

Tuesday Feature 14th March 2017: Caitlin Gartside

Today’s feature is on fine-art student Caitlin Gartside, whose on-going work focuses on introspection and mental illness.

Caitlin Gartside, 2016


Caitlin completed her studies at PSC last year majoring in art photography in the bachelor course, now her work is on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for the rest of March, open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm. Check out the exhibition ‘Elements’ at our celebratory night tomorrow night from 6 – 8pm at 210 Lonsdale street, Melbourne. Follow Caitlin on Instagram for more of her work

Caitlin Gartside, 2016


“I see myself as a person with flaws that outweigh any good traits I may possess, a burden despite reassurance, and a failure regardless of evidence of success. I feel as though I am systematically betrayed by my malfunctioning and unconscious cognitive processes. Understandably, I then tend to project these negative feelings onto those around me and I assume that their judgements of me align with my biased judgments of myself.”

Caitlin Gartside, 2016