2017 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

2017 Graduate Feature; Rachel Hickey

To kick off our last week of graduate features, we’re catching up with photojournalist Rachel Hickey to hear more abut her time at PSC.

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Hey Rachel, what got you started in photography?
I’m not sure if there was a particular moment that inspired me… But I realised photography was a part of me when I wore out my first camera, a point and shoot Olympus. I was obsessed with images, always trying to get a different perspective and do something different. Actually, I remember the first ever photography job I did was on that little camera; it was at our local racecourse, photographing the horse racing. I had no idea what I was doing, but running from place to place and meeting new people was incredibly exciting and at the end of the day, to have a story of the events and little details that so many people would have missed was really an honour.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 
Ha! I was convinced that I would be a stills photographer for films. However I have never once been on a movie set.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
The worst someone can ever say is no.
I have learned to accept that no one sees the same thing in the exact same way, I have also learned to not be pressured by “should”. That is when people say “You should photograph like that” or “You should do that”.

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
 To be honest; going through a breakup three weeks before a folio was due when that was my subject matter, was possibly the most stressful.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Presenting my final folio and being genuinely proud of myself and the amount of dedication and persistence I put in to every single image. It was an overwhelming moment of emotion when I realised I had presented my last ever folio at PSC- huge accomplishment!
How has your style developed?
My style is always developing. It started with being very formally composed, but it’s now more focused on details of something to add insight to the larger picture, without actually showing the larger picture. I like to think it’s less biased in that sense.
What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio ‘Beyond Bikes’ is looking deep into the community of cycling, specifically track racing. I grew up around cycling and after moving to Melbourne, I noticed whenever I was talking to non-cycling friends about the velodrome and the thrill of riding that they didn’t have any idea of what I was going on about. I wanted to show that there is more to cycling than bikes.

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

What are you working on at the moment? 
I’m brainstorming ideas for new projects, but also taking some time away from the camera to broaden my eye. In saying that I am a part of the PSC Alumni in which we hope to have a group exhibition in the next couple of months. I’m also doing a bit of freelancing.
What advice would you give to current students?
Have a go! You are in the best environment to learn and make mistakes, don’t be concerned that anyone will ever think less of you because you don’t know everything about photography. Go ahead and make the mistakes.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I love to ride my bike! Either on the velodrome or on the road.
Where do you find your motivation?
From being around like-minded people, that is something I loved about PSC.
Who/what inspires you?
Looking at other photographers’ work and not limiting myself. Thinking about future possibilities is huge inspiration for me, it makes me look a little more internally to what I actually want to do.
What is your dream job/shoot?
I would love the opportunity to photograph a professional cycling race team for a season. I also dream of/plan on living in Europe or Canada and creating smaller bodies of work in my downtime.
To see more of Rachel’s work, check out her website! 

 

 

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

Rachel Hickey, ‘Beyond Bikes’, 2016

 

2017 Graduate Feature; Tayla Nuss Soeharto

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.

 

 

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

 

What got you started in photography? 
I still don’t really know what sparked my interest in photography, but I think it all began when my mum gave me her film camera and sifting through all the photographic memories she captured with it when I was growing up. I then bought my own little point and shoot from an op shop around the corner and started taking photos of my sister with it and experimenting with film and double exposures.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
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!
How has your style developed?
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.

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

What are you working on at the moment?
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!
What advice would you give to current students?
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!
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I intern at The Photo Studio two days a week, work my casual job and watch weird space videos every now and then.

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

Where do you find your motivation?
I mostly pull inspiration from the random things around me or things that I watch.
What is your dream job/shoot?
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.
Who/what inspires you?
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!
To see more of Tayla’s work, check out her website

Tayla Nuss Soeharto, 2016

2017 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

2017 Graduate Feature; Shannon MacKenzie

Feature Friday!! Today we are catching up with Shannon MacKenzie who studied commercial photography at PSC.

 

Shannon MacKenzie, ‘Jodie’, 2016

 

What got you started in photography?
I started in photography because I needed to get out of my career as a criminologist and felt my art was confining me indoors. I wanted to get out into the world and see beauty.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become? 
When I first started at PSC I imagined I would become a wedding photographer. A new career with beauty and happiness.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
The main thing I learnt was photography can be fine art, I was inspired by readings and constructive advise from one teacher, even if it was negative.
What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
The most challenging time I had at PSC was staying true to me, it’s easy to get lost or intimidated by others work.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
The most rewarding moment at PSC was gaining my idol as my mentor.
I have moved so far away from an aspiring wedding photographer it’s unbelievable what I can achieve through a camera lens instead of on canvas.

Shannon MacKenzie, ‘Jodie’, 2016

What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio was about social demographics and how we portray ourselves in public where we receive such criticism but behind closed doors we all live the same, we are one society. I came to this idea after looking into what the census was about.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am back in criminology work and working on forensic photography. I am also laying down the initial sketches for a mixed media art/photography exhibition by spring.
What advice would you give to current students?
Experiment with all avenues of photography and pick the one that feels right and gets your creative side pushing you to do more. Stay true to that and aim for your work to shine.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photo’s I study for my master’s and work. But I’m always planning.

Shannon MacKenzie, ‘Jodie’, 2016

Where do you find your motivation?
My motivation is everywhere. It can be a moment that makes you take note or turn back to get this image on your phone while taking down a note of time and place. I have gone from wedding to surrealism but still have that element of beauty.
Who/what inspires you?
I’m inspired by my mentor Brooke Shaden, she understands the way I see things and I understand her direction.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to create a large piece of work for a corporate/commercial/cultural buildings foyer.
To follow Shannon’s work on Instagram click here

Shannon MacKenzie, ‘Jodie’, 2016

2017 Graduate Feature; Morgan Hancock

Today’s graduate feature is photojournalist Morgan Hancock who has taken up a position at The Standard; a fairfax newspaper delivering the latest news and events in Warrnambool and south-west Victoria. We asked him a few questions about his time at PSC and now working in the industry straight out of study.

Morgan Hancock, 2016

What got you started in photography?
I got started in photography during high school, I took it as an elective as I had always enjoyed taking photos, during the school year I quickly realised how much I loved photography, and the creative scope that it allowed for.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
When I first started at PSC, I imagined that I would become an all round better photographer. I had always enjoyed photographing sport so I wanted to see myself as a sport photographer, having completed my degree it made me a better photographer in every aspect.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
PSC taught me a lot of time management skills, as well as thinking outside of the box which is ultra important in the photography industry.

Morgan Hancock

 What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
The most challenging moment at PSC would be the very beginning; I found it quite hard to get my head around all of the new aspects, including thinking of a folio, getting used to how PSC works and getting to know all of the new faces.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
The most rewarding part was right at the end, when it was possible to have a look at the folio that I had created in the final year, which was a culmination of hard work over the prior years.
How has your style developed?
My photographic style has developed into a lot more of a documentary style. When I first began, I had attempted to create documentary works, however at the end of the three years my style was certainly a lot clearer.
 What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio was based around spending a year inside a football club; this came about from my huge passion for football, and the simple fact that it quite often isn’t documented in such a way.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working at the Warrnambool Standard as a photographer, I am also working on some personal projects on the side; ranging from more sport photography work, to photographing abandoned sites.

Morgan Hancock

What advice would you give to current students?
I would tell them to enjoy the challenge, and make the most of being able to choose their own folio ideas.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photo’s there is a high chance that I will be off watching sport, or exploring a new place.
Where do you find your motivation?
I find motivation from constantly looking at other photographers work; I love spending time looking through world class photographers’ photos. Nothing motivates me more than flicking through a magazine or Instagram, and seeing images that I can have the opportunity to create.
Who/what inspires you?
I am mainly inspired by the dream that I can one day spend my time traveling and photographing sport, whilst creating jaw dropping images.
What is your dream job/shoot?
My long term goal has always been to work at a newspaper and/or an agency like Getty Images. My dream shoot would be the opportunity to cover the Olympic Games.
See more of Morgan’s work here on his website 

Morgan Hancock

2017 Graduate Feature; Bella Johnson

This week we are featuring photojournalist student Bella Johnson in the lead up to graduation on May 19th; only two weeks away-Yikes!

Bella Johnson, ‘Curious Eyes’, 2016

What got you started in photography?
In year 11 I stepped into a darkroom, got taught the process and handed a Pentax k1000, I couldn’t believe (and still don’t) how Magic the process is.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
I imagined I’d become a travel photographer.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
To trust your gut. It’s said a lot, but so true, especially to documentary photography.
What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
The moments you question yourself and your practice.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Picking up my final project from the printers.
How has your style developed?
I still shoot 35mm colour film, I wont ever stop. But I’ve recently built a darkroom and am getting back into black and white photography. I shoot impulsively, it’s a feeling, not a thought, my style revolves around intimacy with moments.

What was your graduating folio about?
It was about youth. Capturing candid moments of intimacy. It was a diaristic approach to the world around me.
How did you arrive at this idea?
I found it really difficult choosing a folio theme, but trusted my gut, and shot what I was attracted to and what I was already shooting, my friends.
What are you working on at the moment?
Still the same body of work about youth, I don’t think it’ll end.

Bella Johnson, ‘Curious Eyes’, 2016

What advice would you give to current students?
Trust your gut.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I make art, I write lots, watch documentaries, listen to vinyl and drink gin.

Bella Johnson, ‘Curious Eyes’, 2016

Where do you find your motivation?
Art, the street, people, conversations, music, film, travel, just about everything.
Who/what inspires you?
People, the world.
What is your dream job/shoot?
Travel photography, to travel the world, meet people and capture intimate moments to show the rest of the world.
See Bella’s website for more of her work on ‘Curious Eyes’ 

2017 Graduate Feature; Zac Dorio

Our graduate being featured today is photojournalist and surfer Zac Dorio.

Zac Dorio, 2016

 

What got you started in photography?
I got started in photography when I first realised that I could capture a moment and keep it forever as an image, being able to capture that slice of time really got me thinking.

 

When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
When I first started at PSC I had NO idea what kind of photography genre I liked, what style or where I would see myself! I was just happy and open to try new things and experiment.

 

Zac Dorio, 2016 

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
Through studying at PSC throughout the years I learned to be versatile in my work, be willing to try new things and step outside my comfort zone.

 

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
My most challenging moment at PSC was probably when I had to shoot fashion / editorial type of images, I had no experience in that field. It was tough but I came out with some really strong images.

 

What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
My most rewarding PSC moment was seeing my work printed at our end of year exhibition ‘Always Already’. To know where I had come from and how hard I had worked for that, seeing my work on the wall just made me realise how far I had come and how worth it it all was.

 

What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio was about the ocean, the connection and interaction I have with the ocean via a passion of surfing and photography. I always enjoyed shooting surf and surf lifestyle, so I was automatically drawn to the sea. I wanted to document it in a way that was personal to me and also told a story and showed that connection.

 

Zac Dorio, 2016

 

What advice would you give to current students?
I would just say be passionate about what you do; always give 110% so that you know you gave it your very best. Push your boundaries and step outside your comfort zone

 

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I work in a busy little cafe making coffees, I surf and like to explore Victoria as much as possible .

 

What is your dream job/shoot?
My dream job is to work for a magazine / company following surfers around the world chasing adventures, good waves and good vibes.

 

To stay in the loop of what Zac is working on, follow him on Instagram.

 

Zac Dorio, 2016

2017 Graduate Feature; Ena Skaljic

With graduation now 5 weeks away, we want to introduce you to some of the students who are graduating in 2017.

First up is Ena Skaljic, a photojournalist student whose graduating folio was working with Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to to shine a light on the relationship between humans and animals.

 

Ena Skaljic, ‘Untitiled’, 2016

 

Hey Ena, why did you choose photography?
I have always been fascinated by photography, the camera itself got my attention when I was young and saw my mum through the lens thinking it was magic.

 

What was it like when you first started at PSC? Did you have an idea back then of what you wanted to be doing now?
Starting at PSC I had no idea about my aesthetic but I knew I loved science and nature so I focussed on that. I never had a set idea as far as commercial, art or photojournalism. I’m glad I came in open-minded cause I’m not sure if I’d produce the work I do now if I did otherwise.

Ena Skaljic, ‘Untitled’, 2016

 

Looking at the work you’re producing now, how would you describe your style?
My style is nothing like it was the first year, however it was a gradual growth. My aesthetic alone changed while in Malaysia during the OBSCURA festival with the support from Sarker Protick. Style in shooting has developed into confidence and based on instincts.

 

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned in the last three years?
Personally the most beneficial thing I learned during my three years at PSC is support and finding confidence in my instincts. It is extremely important to have people to support you – I’m not talking about your parents who think all your photos are nice but friends, artists, teachers and mentors who aren’t afraid to tell your flaws and be honest. As far as instincts, I was focussed on pleasing the teaches and students showing them what I thought they would like, I eventually went on my instincts (subjects, timing, concepts) and that is when I produced my current aesthetic and subjects.

 

Did you have any challenges in that time?
The most challenging aspects at PSC was finding the confidence in my own work and not to feel intimidated by others but learn from them.

 

What would you suggest to current students?
I would encourage current students to take advantage of what PSC offers! You have the most talented and amazing teachers there for you, great studios and equipment at arms length, unlimited networks, all this and more that no other Uni or place can provide. Oh & have fun, take risks and get out of your comfort zone, that’s the prime time to do all that!

 

In taking risks, what was your final folio on?
My final folio was focussed on the human, animal relationship by documenting Moonlit Sanctuary’s conservation work and animals. I knew I wanted to work with wildlife, after lots of research I knew I wanted to base it on Australia’s wildlife and the limbo they are in between surviving and extinction.

 

Ena Skaljic, ‘Untitled’, 2016

 

So you’re quite passionate about animals, where do you get your motivation from?
My passion for what I am shooting drives me. Inspiration-wise of course it is from fellow students, teachers, other artists of all mediums but also from nature as cliché as it sounds. I like to observe movement, lights and shadows that alone can inspire me completely.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I am getting into contact with The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program in hopes of working alongside them and documenting their incredible work.

 

That’s awesome! Do you have a dream job/shoot that you would love to do?
I would absolutely love to keep working on wildlife, mainly within Australia as there’s a huge gap that needs to be filled in order to raise awareness and create a change.

 

See more of Ena’s work here on her website

 

Ena Skaljic, ‘Untitled’, 2016

Tuesday Feature; Andrew Arismunandar

Today we are looking at third-year commercial student Andrew Arismunandar, who had one of his images included in Blow Up Photography Competition and Print Annual, issue 3.
Andrew’s image “Sea of Ash” was entered into the black and white category, and depicts Mount Bromo in East Java; an active volcano that is only accessible by foot or horse. The image was taken when Andrew was 15; he and his mother rode out to the 2329 metre high beast that constantly spews sulphuric smoke across the landscape, covering everything in a thin layer of ash.

“You need a gas mask because there is a lot of sulphur”

Andrew Arismunandar, 2017, ‘Sea of Ash’

 

When asked how this falls into his current work, he replied ‘It was the only black and white photo I have, so I thought “why not!” ‘. Andrew’s previous folio was titled “Decadence” that paired graphics and images to revolve around sacred geometry. i.e. The egg of life, the tree of life, etc. ” It is a critique of Christianity. I have been a Christian for the past 15 years. From all those years, I’ve witnessed the ugly/good side of the church community and I wanted to express it through my work.”

“I guess I’m not the standard commercial photographer, I’m interested in graphics” 

Andrew Arismunandar, 2016, ‘Egg of Life’

 

What got you started in photography?

The earliest I can remember is when I was 8, when I got my first cell phone. I used to play around with the phone’s camera and take photos of my friends and pretty much my daily activities. One of the things I would frequently do is to take photos of real life objects and obscure them, essentially abstracting them. It’s a neat little thing I would do if I don’t have any interesting objects/subjects. I only got serious when I was 13, my dad was working in marketing for his company at the time. He was working as a graphic designer and a photographer at the time. During his off time he would lend me his DSLR camera just to experiment with it. Honestly I’m convinced he did it just to get me off from playing too much video games.

 

When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?

I’ve always envisioned myself as a freelance photographer that occasionally do commercial work for clients, and sell my personal work on the side. I think it’s a good way to maintain my personal style while being able to make good money as well.

 

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?

The most beneficial thing I’ve learned from PSC is realising that art is a lot more dynamic than I initially thought. Usually before I watch/play a movie or a game, I would check out the reviews on Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes. In these sites they always have an overall score like say Fight Club has a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve always thought that an artwork needs to follow a linear criteria. If a person follows the criteria well they will receive the much coveted 100%. This changed when I went to PSC, because that’s when I learned that there is no right or wrong in art. Art is very complex, and not to mention people have all these different reactions towards a work of art. The only failure in art is to not being able to attain your own goals. Like if you’re creating a work that explores the theme of depression, if your audience feels sad then you succeed. This is a very basic example, there are a lot of factors ranging from lighting, colours, models and etc that draws a specific emotions from viewers. If a person uses these elements wisely, they will surely succeed with their finished product.

 

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?

The most challenging moment at PSC will always be coming up with an idea for a folio. You can do anything you want, but what do you want? Of course what I want to do is very hard to achieve, which requires a lot of knowledge in special effects and complex lighting. I remember my 2nd year folio being a failure, because I couldn’t achieve the special effects that I couldn’t possibly achieve with the skills I have at the time. There needs to be a balance in creating something you’re interested in and want to learn. In the same time it has to be realistic and too difficult to achieve them.

 

What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?

The most rewarding moment at PSC is every time I finish a folio and get good marks out of it. I look back and go: “Wow everything turned out a lot better than I thought, I can’t believe I was freaking about this few months ago”. Happens every semester, and that feeling of satisfaction never gets old.

 

Recently, Andrew has also won a silver award in the AIPP Victorian Commercial category – awesome work!

Andrew Arismunandar, 2017

 

How has your style developed?

Overall my interest lies in the surrealism genre, I’ve been exploring the genre in the past 2 and a half years. It started off from merely abstracting the architecture in Melbourne, to creating surreal landscapes and abstracting organic creatures. Overall I’m still experimenting with different styles and still figuring out my strengths and weaknesses.

What are you working on at the moment?

My current folio is Kronos, it is a heavily inspired from the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft and Hideo Kojima’s “Death Stranding”. It’s going to be a series of images that explores the fear of the unknown. I believe we are all created by a blind and uncaring chaos. The world can just take away your hard work in an instant if it wants to, like a sick joke with no punchline. It’s a genuine fear that I have and something I’ve been trying to actively suppress through religion. With this project I want to explore this idea in depth and hopefully overcome my fears.

Andrew Arismunandar, ‘Kronos’, 2017

What advice would you give to current students?

Don’t get cocky. It’s very easy to get cocky with the combination of DSLR cameras and social media. The photography medium is not crafted from scratch (like paintings), it is crafted through the photographer’s surroundings. With a good DSLR camera, you can shoot randomly and get an accidental masterpiece. The combination of social media doesn’t help either. Most people tend to confuse that their friends “like” the image, not because of the image quality, but because of the person themselves. Friends are always biased and will always be happy with what you do. Some guy’s badly composed photo of his lunch can get triple the “likes”, compared to a photographer that made a genuinely well composed photo (all due to how well acquainted the person is with most people).

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

I usually just watch films on my spare time. Films and photography are similar, as it is a medium that relies on the environment (except for animation). The great thing about movies is that despite being a different medium I can still learn from it visually. So it’s like killing 2 birds with 1 stone, I’m entertained while in the same time I also get visually inspired by them.

What is your dream job/shoot?

My dream shoot is being able to craft a series of images that will immerse my audience and make them feel euphoric. I want to achieve a similar effect to the third final act of Kubrick’s “2001: Space Odyssey”. I want people to say: “I don’t know what the hell this is, but it’s goddamn beautiful”.

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