Feature Friday 17th November 2017; Alex Mclaren

Today we are sitting down with second year Bachelor of Photography student Alex Mclaren to hear about his experience of the Obscura Festival of Photography and what he learned from such a unique festival.

Alex Mclaren, 2017

How was Obscura?
The trip was great, it was a really good experience not only in terms of participating in the workshop and the practical side of it but also an opportunity to work with fellow students in a social environment that nurtured a certain camaraderie.

 

Did you learn anything about yourself/photography?
I learnt a lot just through experience. Being taught by a renowned internationally working artist helped me to learn how to look at my work in new ways, and think about visual language from someone from a different cultural background. This helped me consider how my work can be viewed outside of my Melbourne bubble.

 

What was your favourite moment?
It’s hard to pin point any moments in particular but one highlight was jumping on a random bus in the city and riding it to the end of the line with no idea where it would take us. We ended up driving through the non tourist areas and got to see people living their daily lives outside of the backpacker region of Georgetown. The bus ended up taking us to Penang Hill, inevitably a tourist hotspot that overlooked the city and had lots of corny tourist moments but was extremely fun, all whilst in the search of photographs of course.

 

Who was your workshop teacher?

My workshop teacher was Wawi Navarozza, an artist/photographer from the Phillipines who was taught by one of my favourite photographers Martin Parr. She has studied and exhibited abroad and was a great mentor. She understood my approach and helped me to hone in on visual links and queues that elevated the work to a level I wouldn’t have reached on my own. It was also wonderful to have someone who didn’t always tell you what you may have wanted to hear, which is vital for growing as a photographer, as you can figure out what you need to do to improve.

 

Did it change your perception of Malaysia or photography?
I had little to no preconceived ideas about Malaysia so it was one big experience that has given me insight into another culture that I may perhaps never have visited on my own terms, simply because I didn’t know a lot about the place. The people in Malaysia are extremely friendly and I only had good experiences, the food is extremely cheap and delicious.

 

Alex Mclaren, 2017

During the workshop you created a series of work, was was it about?
My series was concerned with the reality of travelling and tourism and how tourism industry compares with the expectation one develops when visiting another part of the world and the moments that occur that may be underwhelming and banal.

 

How did you arrive at this idea?
I am working on a series as part of our photobook assignment which is basically centred on the same feeling and mood, so I chose to shoot something that would still represent this concept but link to my book. It was a way of building on that concept in an unfamiliar environment.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced?
Although the workshop was fantastic and Wawi guided me in developing the series to another level, a big thing I learnt was that you have to own your work and take authorship. Take advice from other people, consider it and see how other artists and photographers respond to your work. Take note, but always trust your own instinct. Don’t let the work become someone else’s take on your photography if it doesn’t reflect your overall intent. So that was a lesson I’m very thankful to have learnt, and I feel like I made the right decision in trusting my own intuition.

To see more of Alex’s work, follow him on Instagram 

Alex Mclaren, 2017

Feature Friday 4th November 2017; Antoine Loncle

For many of our second year Bachelor of Photography students who went to the Obscura Festival of Photography this year, they hadn’t been to Malaysia before, however one of our international students Antoine Loncle was born in Penang and was living there before he moved to Melbourne to undertake his studies at PSC. We sat down with Antoine to chat about his experience at Obscura and his perspective on his town.

Antoine Loncle, ‘ Put To Work’, 2017

 

How was the festival and workshop?
It was good. The workshops and the festival itself, two very different things, but both equally amazing. Just being in an environment so saturated with photography, photobooks and photographic conversation was an incredible experience.

 

What was it like going back to your hometown for an international Photography Festival?
When I first heard of the trip, it was a little disappointing to be honest, haha. It’s like there’s all these places in the world we could go but, guess what: you’re going back to a place you’ve been for 20 years. But as it got closer I thought it was alot more exciting. I got to introduce my new friends to my old friends, and show them around where I grew up. It was also like a little holiday back home for me as well. In retrospect I’m pretty happy that it was in Penang because I feel I got something extra out of the trip. Not just in the sense of going home for a bit, but it made me look at my home differently and to see it in new ways and I’m really grateful for that opportunity

 

Did you learn anything about yourself/photography?
My biggest take away was just experiencing so much in such a short time. I feel it really tested me, but in doing so also affirmed my love for photography and showed me what an incredible community the photo-world can be. I took away quite a bit from talking to Leonard about this folio. Mostly how to be harsh on yourself and really be strict, both when shooting and also when editing down the images. I also learned that Wawi is a mad DJ.

What was your favourite moment?
One of my favorite moments (in retrospect) was when I got roughed up and kicked out by security from a construction site I was shooting on. At the time it was infuriating if anything, I called my workshop teacher- Leonard– and when I told him what had happened he just chuckled and said: “Nice.”

Who was your workshop teacher?
“Leonard Pongo from Congo”. I more or less begged Daniel to put me on Team Pong. Mainly because it was a bit of a fan-boy thing, I love his work and alot of it resonates with me. He was great and I really valued his insight into how I can better my practice.

Did it change your perception?
The main thing that I felt was a bit of a turning point was the folio review. It was kind of intimidating at first but once it started it wasn’t too bad.  It was basically a photography speed date session. It was great having people from all over look at my work and give me feedback.

 

What was your series about?
My project was primarily looking at the rapid development of Penang through the “tools” used in these massive construction projects, i.e: the worker. In much of Asia, the workers are sourced from overseas and are often just regarded as cogs in the machine. That whole idea was what I wanted to look at and how I approached the topic photographically.

 

Antoine Loncle, ‘Put To Work’, 2017

 

How did you arrive at this idea?
It was something that had been on my mind for a while. Malaysia, like many other places in Asia are really starting to now have an influence on the world. To be more recognized they to develop; to develop they have to build; and to build, you need the builder. Through that thought process I knew I wanted the focus to be on the people who literally built the country, but are so often overlooked.

What were some of the challenges you faced?
My main challenge was actually the fact that I was from Penang in the first place. A lot of the trip was focused on how we would “experience new places”, but in my case, it was like having a walk in my backyard. I had to try to find a new way to look at what had been my home for most of my life. It was pretty tough initially, seeing the same things I had seen for years, but once I locked on to my project it was definitely easier.

 

What are you working on right now?
My work now is also based on Penang. I started the project before Obscura and was shooting it alongside the workshop. The current folio “I’ll Love You and Leave You” is something I’ve been shooting over roughly the past year and a half; it looks at the common notion that many Malaysians have where the ‘end goal’ of the vast majority is to move overseas to work or to study, and ultimately stay there

The project is my personal exploration into why many people look outward for change and a better life, rather than inward at the problems they’re trying to get away from. I interviewed a few people and asked a few friends and family some of their opinions: it’s mostly a government thing. There’s a lot of corruption, shady business going on and people are just fed-up to a point. Theres a lot of injustice in much of the system, as well as heavy censorship, any available scholarships are only given to certain races. Many just think the county is ‘un-savable’ I left cause that was always ‘the plan.’ from young you’re sort of already set in a path. People just tell you the usual “make sure you get good grades, so you can study overseas”. So it kind of just happened. But also because I believe that you only learn so much by being in one place. The way I see it, the ideal solution would be to go and learn, study, work abroad, but then come back and put all that knowledge to good use by making things better.

Antoine Loncle, “I’ll Love You and Leave You”, 2017

 

To see more of Antoine’s work and stay up to date, follow him on Instagram 

 

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 13th October, 2017; Sally Kaack

“ ‘Hear the dance, see the music’  is a quote spoken by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine, to describe the relationship between dance and music. In six words, he has articulated how dance visually expresses music, and what dancers should bear in mind when they perform. For many, dance is music made visible.”

This quote is by second year Bachelor of Photography student Sally Kaack as she introduces her folio ‘Revelations’; which explores the natural communicative abilities associated with dancing.

 

 

Sally Kaack, ‘Revelations’, 2017

 

 

Why did you choose to do photography?
I chose photography because of it’s natural ability to preserve a moment in time. I’ve always had an interest in art and it’s story telling capabilities. Therefore, using photographs to portray thoughts and ideas, as well as recovering the thoughts and ideas of historical artist was a great interest of mine.

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a photobook titled ‘We Came As Children’ which photographically explores the relationship between the notions of home and memory – using the nature and benefits of photography as a medium to document and preserve. The project includes archival images that my grandfather took, along with my own images. The series touches on the ‘saudade’ a Portuguese word, meaning ‘the love that remains’.

 

Sally Kaack, ‘We Came As Children’, 2017

Have you done a body of work that you have found challenging?
I think every body of work is just as challenging. As you grow as an artist, you want to explore new concepts, and find new ways to portray them. This also comes with a higher expectation of one’s self but it’s always a fun challenge, especially when it all comes together at the end – even if not how you envisioned!

Is there a series of work you have done that you are particularly proud of?
I just took part in a small group exhibition, where one of my series called ‘Faded’ was exhibited. This was my first folio that I created last year. It was exciting and nice to share the area with fellow students. With each body of work, I constantly think of something I could have done differently so it’s always a constant strive.

What is your dream job/shoot? Future ambition?
I’d love to be an art lecturer one day. Something I’ve learnt at PSC is how important it is to share concepts and build from one another. I think it’d be extremely rewarding, helping others develop and flourish. PSC has been an exceptional environment in this regard. In the mean time, I enjoy working with dancers and I’d love to collaborate with some of my favourites – one day!

 

To see more of Sally’s work follow her on Instagram, or check out her website.

 

 

Sally Kaack, ‘The Hanger’, 2017

Malaysia Monday; Monica Wilmott

Wanderlust, that deep desire to travel to a place far away, is a familiar feeling in so many of us. What if you had the opportunity to travel overseas and do a workshop with renowned photographers, then sit down and have a drink and chat with them afterwards, all the while improving your photography? Of course you would go! That’s exactly what some of our second year Bachelor of Photography students did. We recently caught up with Monica Wilmott who went to Malaysia’s premiere photography festival; Obscura.

 

Monica Willmot, 2017

 

What did you learn about photography?
When I was in Malaysia I learned that photojournalism is something that I wish to explore more in my work. I had some interest in PJ before the trip, but after being there and meeting with (Leonard) Pongo, it is definitely something I want to try out more in the future.

What was your favourite moment?
I had lots of great moments but my favourite would have been seeing my work at the screening, it was really short but I just had this great feeling of pride.

Who was your workshop teacher?
Leonard Pongo, he was great at giving feedback and I feel like I clicked with him a lot.

Did it change your perception on anything?
Being over there made me realise how big the photography scene is in other countries, especially in Asia. Photography is more main stream and in a way more accepted and celebrated over there which I found really cool.

What was your work about?
My original plan before I went to Malaysia was to do a documentary series about a turtle sanctuary in Penang National Park. However Leonard gave me the challenge “Can you make it look post-apocalyptic, like turtles took over the world” which was something I really ran with in my series.

Monica Willmott, 2017

What were some of the challenges you faced?
The main challenge I think I faced was just time and navigating my way around an unfamiliar city. I also found it challenging to just focus on photography for an entire 2 weeks, but also being surrounded by like-minded people 24/7 was something I found really exciting; it was really good to have them around to bounce ideas off at all hours of the day.

 

Now back in Melbourne, in your second half of second year (over half way through the degree), what are you working on? 
For this folio I am currently working on a photojournalistic series focusing on abandoned farm houses in northern Victoria. I came to this idea because I live in an area that is constantly expanding, I often see farm houses that are full of history, being knocked down and replaced with new estates. My aim with this project is to show people how lovely some of these old houses are and in a way presvere them before they are gone. To find some of the houses I had to do some digging, I focused most of my research on looking at local reports, newspapers, some tourist information brochures and heritage listings for diffrent councils.

 

Monica Willmott, ‘Historic’ (working title), 2017

 

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

Feature Friday 6th October 2017; Shelby Eade

Today we are featuring second year Bachelor of Photography student Shelby Eade and her experience at the Obscura Festival of Photography earlier this year.

 

Shelby Eade, “Pink”, 2017

How was your experience at Obscura? What did you learn about yourself or your photography?
It was good but it was intense, my workshop teacher was Wawi Navarroza. I learned a lot about my work flow, and my work ethic as a photographer, as well as how much work goes into every little thing. I also learned how to develop an idea and push it in a short space of time which was helpful to see what kind of drive you have to have.

What was your favourite moment?
My favourite thing was the end of the workshops, at the projection screening of what everybody did and created in those five days. We all came together like one big family.

Did it change your perception of photography?
It changed how I approach photography as a medium, I think more about my concept and how to approach the images themselves. Not just snap shots but thinking and planning for each image.

 

Shelby Eade, “Pink”, 2017

What was your body of work about?
My work was about the colour pink and my relationship with the colour itself. I looked at the colour and the architecture of the place I was in, finding the similarities between the buildings and my body-the familiar colours and shapes. At the age of six I begged for a Barbie pink room, everything had to be pink. As I grew older the stereotypical association with the colour pink of being weak and sensitive, caused me to dislike it.

Arriving in Penang the bold use of pink covering the buildings is what re-sparked my interest in the colour. The unfamiliar clash of strong shapes used with bold colours, are not common aspects within suburban Melbourne. Discussing ideas and bouncing things off of Wawi helped me push and develop my idea into what it became.

The main challenge I faced was the limitations of such a specific concept. I struggled trying to get it past just the colour, then when it came down to buildings and bodies, I struggled to make my body in the shape of the architecture.

 

Shelby Eade, “Maribyrnong/Mareingalk”, 2017

What are you working on right now?
My second semester folio. It’s about the Maribyrnong River, memory and home; I grew up near the Campaspe River and used to camp with my family along the Murray. Since moving to Melbourne, I’ve become homesick so I’m using the river as a reflection on my memories and my home.

This folio is a work-in-progress, how has it developed? How have you developed?
I’ve done a fair bit of research on the river and some pretty interesting things have happened. There used to be a meat packing business, and tea gardens; there is now a detention centre which you can see but can’t get to. I now also have more respect for the Indigenous history.

 

See more of Shelby’s work on her website.

Feature Friday 15th September 2017; Kaitlyn Church

Today we are catching up with second year Bachelor of Photography student Kaitlyn Church who recently went to Malaysia’s premiere photography festival; Obscura in George Town, Penang. Kaitlyn was also selected as having one of the best projects in the Visual Document class, taught by Alana Holmberg and Bella Capezio.

Broken Wind, Kaitlyn Church, 2017

What was your visual documentary about?
A man named Stewart who repairs musical instruments in Thomastown at a place called Broken Wind. My brother and I grew up in band rooms, orchestra pits, and grand theatres. Music dictated our lives and we regularly opted to attend music lessons instead of actual class- often to the disgust of our other teachers. For me music was my means of escaping the stresses of day to day life when I played, I did not think of my worries, but was able to get lost in the rhythm.

What are you working on now?
I am in the middle of a series documenting a small town ‘Population of 7’ which is located in the Anakie Hills. This series documents the people and the landscape of Stieglitz. (It’s still a work-in-progress; I’m trying a few things at the moment but I haven’t decided on anything for certain yet)

Kaitlyn Church, ‘Population 7’, 2017

What are some challenges you have overcome?
I find every series I do challenging in some aspect. I actually started a completely different topic for this assignment but had to abandon it on the day due to terrible weather.

What series of work so far are you most proud of?
My series ‘Reborn’ which was recently on display at The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is probably the one I’m most proud of. It was such a strange subject matter but I didn’t want to portray it as creepy-as these dolls are often deemed- and I think I was pretty successful in doing so.

Kaitlyn Church, ‘Reborn’, 2017

Do you have any plans for what you want to do with photography after studying?
I’m still not entirely sure where I want my photography to take me, I definitely have a strong interest in documentary and photojournalism so something along those lines would be great, but I don’t have any specific plans as of yet!

What was your experience of Obscura?
Obscura was fantastic! I worked with Leonard Pongo. It was challenging, but in a good way. It pushed me to produce work that is different to what I normally do, and change my practice; I can definitely see the changes since I’ve come back.

Did you learn anything about yourself/photography?
I went to Obscura with the intentions of doing something completely different to what I have done before, I wanted to challenge myself photographically. What I did not realise is how much it would push me in other aspects of my life. I was photographing people on public transport, which forced me to be more confident; especially when shooting.

 

Kaitlyn Church, 2017

What was your favourite moment?
The whole trip was fantastic, but I must say the screening was a standout moment. During the workshop week, I was always out shooting, so I didn’t get a chance to see what my peers were creating. Being able to view not only my own work on a large screen (which was an awesome experience) but to also see what everyone else had been doing that week was great! The quality of the work was outstanding- especially considering it was produced in a week.

Did it change your perception?
It was good to spend a week focusing on something completely different, and it has definitely encouraged me to approach my current work in another direction. I have been experimenting with some of the techniques I used to create that work, with the work I’m currently creating.

What was your work about? 
The work visually explores my habit of people watching especially on public transport.  I find it interesting how public transport brings together people who wouldn’t have been brought together in any other circumstance, and may never see each other again Whether it be the business man returning home from his 9-5 job who falls asleep as soon as he gets to his seat, or the tourist who only came up for the day, staring in awe at all the lights as the train pulls from the station.

 

Kaitlyn Church, 2017

How did you arrive at this idea?
I had been thinking about doing a project based on public transport for a while now. But I never really had the guts to pursue it. I was struggling to come up with an idea for my project for Obscura so I decided to finally continue with this concept.

What were some of the challenges you faced?
I’m not the most confident person or photographer, so jumping on a crowded bus with a large DSLR was not the easiest thing for me to do. Until this project I never noticed how loud a cameras shutter could be I was so scared someone would yell at me for taking their photo.

 

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

Feature Friday 1st September 2017; James Bugg

After almost missing an entry to the national awards, one of our final year Bachelor of Photography students James Bugg has won a silver at the Australian Professional Photography Awards in the landscape category.

James Bugg, 2017

 

What got you started in photography?

I had an interest ever since I was introduced to my father’s camera kit, my interest grew throughout high school and then I was just hooked.

When you first started at PSC did you have an idea of the photographer you wanted to be?
I always knew the kind of work I liked and was drawn to, however when I started at PSC  the photographer I wanted to become was different to the one I am now. PSC refined the vision I had for myself and my knowledge and inspirations broadened. I guess ultimately I hope the photographer I want to become constantly evolves and changes with time.
What has PSC taught you?
PSC has taught me so much, from technical aspects to information about the industry, It has really expanded my photographic knowledge. However the most beneficial thing PSC has given me is constant inspiration from the staff to push myself and my thinking.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a project called “The Pines” which documents a small town in Melbourne’s south-east. The town, once a pine plantation is now a community struggling to get by. A prevalent culture of drugs, violence and socioeconomic status cause harsh realities to be prominent. The work deals with ideas of escapism and struggling Australian sub culture and will be presented in book form at the end of the year. See Work In Progress 
What do you do when you are not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photos I like to play music or get outside and go camping. I’m normally taking photos though, or looking at them at least.
Do you have a dream job/shoot? 
Not really, my dream clients would be Time, The New York Times and The Guardian, as well as publications such as Aint-Bad and British Journal of Photography.
To see more of James’ work, follow him on Instagram, or take a look at his website.

Feature Friday 21st July 2017: Noah Thompson

The July 21st Feature Friday is a quick insight of second year bachelor student Noah Thompson. Earlier this year Noah was a finalist in the National portrait prize, he was involved in an exhibition at the Melbourne Immigration Museum titled “They Cannot Take The Sky” which was made into a book. Noah was also successful in receiving the Maribyrnong City Council art grant that allowed him to have a solo exhibition at the Trocadero Art Space in Footscray and put his work”Footscray Hair” into a book.

 

We had a chat with the busy artist and learned about where he is now and where he wants to be as he prepares for his fourth semester at PSC.

 

Noah Thompson, 2017, ‘Footscray Hair’

 

Why did you choose photography?
I moved around quite a bit growing up, going from Tasmania to remote parts of the Northern Territory to living overseas for a couple of years, I think this gives anyone impressions of places and people that are hard to articulate with words. Which I think is what photography allows me to do, though I’ve only realised this recently. I also like people and am interested in their stories and how individual circumstance often relates to wider social, environmental, economic or political situation. I completed a BA in International Studies which involved studying sociology, international development, conflict studies, etc. It has always been my intention to combine these two interests.
Where do you want to go with photography?
I want to get involved with photojournalism and NGO work as well as work on longer-term documentary projects. At the moment I’m interested in exploring a wide variety of subjects relating to social justice, war, migration, economics, refugees and community. I think photography is an important tool in generating discussion around difficult, controversial or important issues and also invaluable in disseminating untold aspects of a given issue.
Who/what inspires you?
Kind people, my mum.
What do you enjoy about photography?
I like that it gets me out and about, talking to people, asking questions, out of my comfort zone.
Stay up to date on Noah’s work by following him on Instagram

Noah Thompson, 2017, ‘Footscray Hair’

Feature Friday 14th July; Natalie Renee Vicari

Today, July 14th, we are featuring second year bachelor student Natalie Renee Vicari.

Natalie Vicari

What got you started in photography?
I had always really liked photography over other artistic mediums, but I didn’t get started photographing until I was 18 and got given my cousin’s old camera for my 18th.
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
I had a pretty broad idea of what kind of photography I wanted to do: mostly commercial-based stuff, like working for magazines. But after having many guest speakers in our first year, documentary photography, more specifically war journalism or political protests documentation has sparked an interest in me too.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
Honestly, learning how to actually use my camera properly. Since my third week back in first year at PSC, I’ve been using manual mode and have never touched the preset modes on my camera. The difference is astronomical. On a more serious note, I also learned that art is quite subjective and forgiving, as anything can be turned into an art project now if you can explain yourself eloquently and put in the effort.
What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Getting a grasp on the digital and editing aspect of photography and understanding what the different functions in Lightroom can do to an image, and pretty much everything I have learned in Photoshop.
What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
This year having the freedom to do a folio on any topic I choose, and having that creative freedom now, as opposed to last year, when I have a much better understanding of the medium and the ways in which I can manipulate it to speak my language.
How has your style developed? What have you noticed is different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach?
I now try to think of multiple ways to visually portray what I want to say, and attempt all of those ways instead of just picking the most obvious, or the easiest of the options. I also feel as though I am a lot more methodical in my shooting: I always have a brainstorm for each shoot I do, and a clear idea, and most of the time, the steps I need to take to get to the end product.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
I’m really proud of my first proper attempt at studio shots, particularly my studio portraits. Getting to work in the studio this year has really solidified my passion to pursue a photographic career in studio.

Natalie Vicari

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my folio, which is a series of 15 significant moments in my life, beginning at my parent’s separation, documenting my battle with depression and suicidal tendencies, to now being well into recovery and actually enjoying my life.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Most of the time, I’m on YouTube watching a range of different videos: everything from gaming, to baking and cooking, to compilations of funny X Factor auditions. I think I would like to one day take a swing at making YouTube videos, but for now I’m sticking to photography.
Where do you find your motivation?
It’s probably not the best source, but more often than not my motivation comes from looming deadlines. Sometimes knowing that the due date is closer makes your brain actually kick into gear to think of ideas and to execute them.
Who/what inspires you?
YouTube, music, movies and television are probably the most broad source of inspiration for me, but also a lot of the new artists I get introduced to through my classes at PSC are also incredibly eye-opening.
What is your dream job/shoot?
I would like to one day do a shoot with Victoria’s Secret, either at one of their fashion shows, or for one of their campaigns, with the VS Angels. I would also like to be the photographer on tour with one of my favourite musicians at some point in my career. Fingers crossed at least one of those come true!

Natalie Vicari