Feature Friday 18th August 2017; Melissa Cachia

With quite a number of PSC students, past and present exhibiting at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale this year, we thought we would take a closer look at their work. Featured today, Friday the 18th of August is stage 2 Advanced Diploma of Photography student Melissa Cachia who will be having a solo exhibition titled ‘Frozen Flowers’ at The Elephant Patch (location) opening Saturday August 19th at 3pm.

Melissa Cachia, Frozen Flowers



Why did you decide to present this work?  
After a few inquiries, interest & sales of my frozen flowers series I decided that this was a good enough incentive to get them from the computer screen to print for exhibitions.
What got you started in photography?
I have always loved Photography, my late father & his partner were keen photographers  so after his passing I decided to take it further!
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
I love documenting events, exploring regional towns & markets, showcasing what they have to offer.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point? 
 Life is short. If you have a passion or interest-go for it  It is the best therapy.
What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
The Digi lab!!! Im still at layering the pizza stage!!lol
What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
Way too many to mention, meeting so many talented artists, the friendships that have been made, the tutors & the expertise they bring to class, just to name a few!
How has your style developed? 
Thinking outside the square in terms of  Photography, 2nd year has pushed me beyond just taking a “photo” it’s the image, processing & printing that I take into account now, how I want my audience to feel. Evoke emotions
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
Frozen Flowers, Yr2 Semester 1, This was a product of exploring my creative side encouraged by my tutor.
What are you working on at the moment?
My industry folio & personal expression folio
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Go to work (nursing) cooking, “thinking about my folio”, photography workshops!
Where do you find your motivation?
Not sure, I surprise myself most days lol
Who/what inspires you?
Many people inspire me, but mainly people who just get out there & pursues their dreams regardless of age & or capabilities!
What is your dream job/shoot?
To one day own a home studio & do freelance work. Did I mention a café/ gallery!!
Remember to head along to the festival-opening tomorrow- to see more work by other PSC students, including Kathryn Vinella and Sean Mc Donald’s exhibition , Sharon Hughes, Stella Nguyen, Marie Watt, Project 17 Collective, Todd Walker, Ian Kemp, and the PSC Alumni.

Melissa Cachia, Frozen Flowers

Feature Friday 7th July 2017: Project 17

This July 7th Friday Feature is the introduction to Project 17; a collective of part-time bachelor students.

Paul Ewins


Where did you come up with the name ‘Project 17’? Why did you decide to form this group?

The ‘Project 17’ collective was created in Summer 2016 by the Part-time Bachelor students from PSC for their first magazine release of the same name. It represents the amount of students in the class at the time, and also relates to the many and various projects we hope to complete together over time. These include exhibitions, publications and smaller collaborations within the group. We use the group as a way to reconnect despite our busy lives, and be a positive support network. The collective showcases and celebrates difference in a world where conformity is the norm. Project 17 aims to counter this view – to reveal, empower and inspire as one voice.

Project 17 Magazine (Still available)


What sort of individuals do you have in your collective?

Project 17 consists of men and women from various ages and cultural backgrounds providing varied views of the world. We have photojournalists, commercial photographers such as fashion and lifestyle, as well as artists, and photographers who choose to fuse some of those genres together. For example, there’s Lindi Forde, a well-travelled artist who documents details in artist spaces, and Taylor-Ferné Morris, a commercial photographer chasing the strength of the human body and mind within the ballet world.

Lindi Forde

Do you have a particular focus?

We decided for each project we would tackle a new theme exploring it’s challenges or advantages with our own brands of photography. Our graduate exhibition last year explored the theme ‘Pathways’ to celebrate the differences that make up who we are, and the idiosyncratic world we may want to chase or change in the future. This year for our second exhibition, a slightly smaller number of us will be participating in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. We will be revealing our interpretations of the word ‘Silence’ for the general public, providing a range of works that we believe best suits our individual beliefs of the word.

What is the collective working on at the moment? What plans do you have for the future? Exhibitions? Projects? Publications?

Recently a joint Instagram was created for the group in order to cross promote our individual and joint projects. It will feature behind the scenes of our photographic work and the events we complete in the future. This includes being the main social media for our group exhibition for the BIFB in the Ballarat Trades Hall in a few weeks time. In between, we enjoy gathering at various Melbourne galleries for inspiration, entering the 2017 AIPP Awards (with Rebecca Conci winning three silvers for her raw portrayal of her daughter’s health), and even plan to visit Kevin O’Daly, another Project 17 member, in Tasmania later this year. A smaller group of us would also like to continue publishing our work in Photo Books together, collaborating on a smaller scale until another full group opportunity comes our way.

Feature Friday 17th May 2017: Marvellous Melbourne

For the 6th year in a row, Melbourne has topped The Economist list of the worlds most liveable cities. (Yay)
Highlighting Melbourne’s love of sport, the arts, it’s beautiful parks and gardens, fashion, festivals, laneways and street-cafe life, transport, shipping industry and it’s distinctive architecture is ‘Marvellous Melbourne- It’s Art and Soul’ exhibition.

With 27 Victorian artists capturing the city in paintings, photographs, drawings and prints; this exhibition on display at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is a show of the uniqueness of Melbourne.


We’re proud to hear that former PSC students Angela Miller and Hiroki Nagahiro as well as current student James Thorn are involved in this exhibition. Open all day, every day and free of charge, this is a great opportunity to see some work by wonderful artists.

Marvellous Melbourne will be on display from now until May 25th at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf (2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf) where it is presented by OzLink Entertainment and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.





Angela Miller

Feature Friday 10th March 2017: Jade Byrnes

No stranger to photo books, Jade Byrnes’ graduating folio ‘Kinglake’ found her as a finalist in the Australian Photo Book of The Year Awards; as well as being nominated for the MACK First Book Award. The documentary series looking at trauma within the landscape, was also exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography where it received the award for Best Self-Published Photo Book.


Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016


Jade finished her studies at PSC last year dedicating her year-long folio to Kinglake… 

“Like many other Australian towns, Kinglake; a town located in the shire of Murrindindi 65km north of Melbourne, has a long history of bushfires. It consists of farmland, forests, national parks and a small township. The most recent and severe bushfire that affected the area was the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfire, which took many lives, destroyed more than a hundred-thousand hectares of land and displaced hundreds of people.”

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

“Studies have shown that due to climate change, fires in Victoria, Australia, are more likely to occur every two to three years, rather than every thirty years, as was the case 100 years ago. Kinglake is about the aftermath of fires in the landscape, it traces the trauma and effects on both the land and the people who inhabit it.”


Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016


Jade’s work is currently on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre at 210 Lonsdale street, Melbourne Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm for the Month of March.

See more work by Jade



Thursday Feature 9th March 2017: Agata Mayes

Now in the 3rd stage of the part-time Advanced Diploma course, Agata Mayes has been working on developing her personal style.
Her latest series “Inside The Mind” has been created to explore in-depth, the sensation of unexplained, severe fear.


“My recent body of work is not an analysis and does not answer the question “why” but focuses on how it feels  with a complete acceptance of this state. The aim of this work is to return to deeply repressed emotions and past experiences. This is an opportunity for the viewer to revisit “the inside”, reconnect with what is “real” and  abandon the idea of “wrong” which might lead into a personal interpretation.”


Agata Mayes, ‘Inside The Mind’, 2016


Born in Poland, and after living in Italy and England where she completed studies in informatics in 2003, Agata moved to Australia in 2011. Her passion for photography lead her to short courses and workshops before she finally decided to take up part-time study with PSC’s Advanced Diploma course. Before arriving at PSC to refine her technical skills and the conceptual understanding of photographic art, Agata won the “Kayell Best Commercial Work” at the Centre for Contemporary Photography salon in 2015, and was already actively involved in the photographic community 6 years earlier.

“I am an artist with an interest in psychology and my work reflects how I see the world. My aim is to study the human mind, explore the subject of ego and to understand what makes us who we are. My ultimate goal is to create something timeless which will remain as evidence of my life once I leave my body form.”


Agata Mayes, ‘Inside The Mind’, 2016


Agata Mayes’ series “Inside The Mind” is on display at the Queen Victoria Womens Centre for the month of March, open from 8:30am to 6:30pm Monday-Friday at 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Follow Agata on Instagram


Wednesday Feature 8th March 2017: Sonja Broersen

With graduation only two months away, Sonja Broersen is living and working in Melbourne after completing the Bachelor course last year, majoring in art.

Focussing on themes of self and using a minimalist language, Sonja’s current work “Soft Stone” consists largely of self portraiture, with the addition of still life and sculptural elements, using photography to reflect on her experience with feminine identity.
This series was exhibited at her graduate show Always Already, at Besser Space, Melbourne (2016). Previous work includes self-published photobook Distance (2015), exhibited as part of the group show Kapow! (2015) at Ruffian Gallery, Melbourne. Broersen has also recently exhibited works in exhibitions such as the IPF Photo Prize (2016) and the CCP Salon (2016).

Sonja Broersen, ‘Soft Stone’, 2016


Soft Stone is a body of work that is the result of continual reflection and a lingering confusion of what it means to photograph the self. It has evolved from a simple intrigue into an illusive and largely intuitive desire to gain a better understanding of my identity as a woman. The driving force of this work is a conflict I find within myself – a contradiction of actions and beliefs that stems from growing up with unattainable and damaging social expectations – the back and forth of embracing and rejecting femininity.

We are now living in a time where embracing femininity is just as empowering as rejecting it. This has prompted me to reflect on myself and reevaluate my identity as an adult woman. I am not looking to reach any sort of conclusion – I am merely attempting to gain a wider understanding of one part of my identity. My experiences are, and continue to be, unique; I am not attempting to reflect a universal experience of womanhood or femininity. This project is the result of my own reflection, investigation, and experience.

Sonja Broersen, ‘Soft Stone’, 2016



See more of Sonja’s work


Tuesday Feature 7th March 2017: Emma Watson

Completing the Bachelor course last year, majoring in art; Emma Watson is set to graduate from PSC this May. Emma’s work will also be on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for the month of March. Be sure to go see it along with other students‘ who are involved in the exhibition ‘Elements‘.

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’ 2016


Currently working as a freelance photographer, her monochromatic work is quietly spoken and very personal. It focuses on themes of memory, mental illness, family and identity. Drawing from past and present experiences she uses her camera to escape from her mind and to help make sense of her place in society.

Emma’s graduating folio ‘Folding’ revolves around her relationship with her family as she comes to deal with depression and a new family dynamic.



For my entire childhood I’ve grown up with the most loving, connected, family bond one can ever imagine; where everything has always felt so secure and safe, a sanctuary where all the corrupt things the world generates can’t touch you, or in other words, a safe embassy I’ve always seeked asylum in.

On the 17th of August 11:15 am I was diagnosed with clinical depression. My emotional reserves are completely empty. I find myself wanting to cry everyday and everything overwhelms me. The more depressed and lonely I get, the more I isolate myself from the outside world diminishing my motivation to reach out to people. Delivering this news to my family is still to this day, the coldest and cruelest moment I’ve ever shared with them.

I used to think life-changing news brought people closer together. Yet for some reason I found myself feeling more and more distant and isolated than ever before. It’s so difficult now to decode the reality. When my family surrounds me, I feel this overwhelming sense of distance and disregard on their behalf. I hear the sound of the cracks forming between us and growing bigger every day, but it’s so unclear to understand the cause of this breaking.

Is my family still there for me and I just can’t see it anymore. Or are they trying to reach out to me and I’m choosing to run away.

All of this coincided with my last year of photographic studies and I decided to use my camera to explore this very new to me family dynamic. So, I started interfering with my history; I cropped out family photos, covered aspects of my home and became the perpetrator of fading certain memories.
My camera brought me closer to my family roots. I scrambled through our lines to reconnect with the way things used to be. But I’m ultimately using this body of work as a way to communicate with my family.



See More of Emma’s work 

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

Monday Feature 6th March 2017: Rochelle Hansen

Completing the bachelor course last year, Rochelle Hansen is set to graduate this May from PSC.

Based in Melbourne as a documentary photographer, much of Rochelle’s work explores our relationship with nature as she pushes to blur the line between art and documentary photography. Through stillness and a kind of sedative process, Rochelle intends to capture the collision between humankind and the natural world. Using photographs as a token of absence and a way of reconnecting the lost and forgotten relationship once shared with Earth and it’s inhabitants.


By combining strength and movement, horses have the ability to effortlessly floor across the arena in a kind of poetic dance- that sees human and horse uniting on the stage, engaged in an intimate communication barely visible to an audience. 
‘Two’ Documents the relationship built between human and horse within the training process. I have worked with trainers who utilise positive training techniques and focus on creating partnerships built on trust and respect.


Rochelle’s work is a part of the ‘Elements’ exhibition at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre at 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne





Rochelle Hansen, ‘Two’

PSC Graduate Jordan Madge Exhibition at CCP opening Friday night

One of our talented graduates, Jordan Madge, is opening his Elysian Fields exhibition at CCP on Friday night. The exhibition runs through until the 12th of March. We wish Jordan a fantastic opening night and we hope to see you there!

Elysian Fields is a portrait of the community of Rutherglen, a small town in North-Eastern Victoria, Australia. The work derives from two found photographs and reflects Jordan Madge’s interest in appropriation and the found image, and its capacity to contextualise contemporary social and physical Australian landscapes.

by Jordan Madge

We also took this opportunity to speak to Jordan about his time at PSC and his exhibition.

Why did you decide to study at PSC?
I was drawn towards PSC because of how photographically driven it is as an institution. The appeal in that for me was a sense of immersion in photography.

How did PSC help get you where you are today?
The network that was built and nurtured during my time at PSC was probably one of the most, if not the most, important aspects of where I am in regards to achieving personal goals.

by Jordan Madge

Tell us about your new exhibition.
Elysian Fields is the title of the work that I’ll be showing at The Centre for Contemporary Photography in Fitzroy from late January until the middle of march. The work was derived from two found photographs dating back to 1949 and 1950 that depict the entire town of Rutherglen. The use of appropriation has been an element of previous projects. I’m curious to see what meaning is received from re-contextualising and manipulating pre-existing material. Being able to show the work in a gallery context where I have full control of lighting, size and material gives me the opportunity to alter the original meaning on another platform.    

by Jordan Madge

Who and/or what inspires you?
What inspires me is continually changing, one day it might be an article I’ve read on a website I’ve never seen and the next it may be a manipulated face on a worn down poster.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
One of the most rewarding parts of my career would have been going to Japan to hold a solo exhibition and residency. Being accepted for the residency Japan, in my mind, showed me that I can physically take photography anywhere in the world and that there are opportunities everywhere, at home and abroad.

Elysian Fields is proudly supported by the Photography Studies College Print Shop.

by Jordan Madge