Graduate Feature – Chloe Smith

As a fun way to start the year, we’ve been in touch with a bunch of our graduates and asked them to share a bit about their experience at PSC and to let us know what they’ve been up to since graduating.

Today, we’re really excited to feature Chloe Smith, who finished studying at PSC in 2015 and is a photographer for The Weekly Times newspaper while she also continues to build her own business.

Chloe Smith / Behind the scenes working for The Weekly Times / Photo credit: Gippsland Jersey

What got you started in photography?
I always had a camera growing up, but I was always more into drawing and painting. I was always taking photos of my pets and friends, but often used those photos as a reference for a drawing. My school didn’t offer photography, so it wasn’t really something I thought about. It was only once year 12 came around that I realised how much I was going to miss my friends and how scared I was of losing precious memories, so I just started documenting everything with my camera that I got for my 17th birthday/Christmas. I had no idea about the technical aspect of photography, but it wasn’t needed to capture a true smile or a fun moment that wasn’t to happen again. That’s really where it took off. I realised from there how much I loved capturing emotion and bubbly moments full of laughter and happiness. To me, photography was and still is about capturing those magic little moments that are often missed or overlooked. 

by Chloe Smith

Why did you decide to study at PSC?
PSC wasn’t where I thought I would be going. In fact, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Unsure about photography, I took a gap year after being accepted into PSC. The gap year wasn’t great, and I decided I didn’t want to have a year like that again, so I bit the bullet (still unsure about doing photography) and went to PSC. And now here we are – you could say it turned out to be something I would really enjoy!

by Chloe Smith

When did you graduate and what did you focus on?
I graduated with my bachelor degree in 2015 with a major in commercial photography. At the time, my folio chopped and changed so much! First semester I focused more on lifestyle photography, something I’ve always loved, and second semester I went back to what I was pretty familiar with growing up in a country town which was more of a rural/dogs portfolio. 

by Chloe Smith

How did PSC help get you where you are today?
At first, I struggled with forming concepts, but that struggle really helped in the long run. I worked my butt off every week to always be shooting new images. It was my way of dealing with the struggle of concepts. That way I could be shown through my work how to stitch it all together with images I was already producing. I am very thankful for my teachers that would go through all of my images each week to help me out, and also the massive amount I usually had at the end of semester. It also helped that I was encouraged to make more work as often as possible, so that drive to create and work hard to do so has really been drilled into me and helps me a lot today to keep pushing on and creating no matter how busy I am! PSC also got me out of my comfort zone (a lot) but it’s all been for the better! I can now strike up a conversation with anyone I want (I was really shy), which really helps when working for a newspaper! 

by Chloe Smith

How do you balance your job and personal work?
I work a few different jobs, so fitting in personal work is hard, but at the same time, I enjoy my other jobs a lot too! Plus, sometimes shooting jobs you can put your own little spin on them so it’s not like your totally missing out on creating for yourself. If I really want to make work that is my own however, I just make time somewhere and go for it. I love capturing any little magic moment, and they happen every day. So most days I’ll just carry my camera around and I’m sure to capture something for my soul. 

by Chloe Smith

Tell us a bit about your job with The Weekly Times and your own personal practice/business.
The work I do for The Weekly Times and my own work is very different, but I love both just as much! Probably the only similar thing is that every day I’m outdoors. The Weekly Times is a rural newspaper, so every day I’m out driving hundreds of kilometres to capture photos. I travel all over Victoria, often driving between 4-8 (sometimes more) hours a day, depending on where the job is in Victoria. I get to meet all kinds of people, mostly farmers, and go to all types of farms and events. The things I photograph range from farmers to cattle and sheep, fruit and vegetables, harvest, machines, even rural artists and sunrises over vines. It’s a lot of fun and every day I’m learning so much. I’m constantly challenged by weather and light and by being pushed out of my comfort zone. 

My own commercial business focuses more on lifestyle, a bit of underwater and fashion photography, and a little less of the rural life. Instead, I’m usually hitting up the beach! I love to shoot fashion and swimwear, but in a fun and more candid/lifestyle way. Usually, without really meaning to, I make friends with the model and basically we just get silly and have a lot of fun – and I get to capture that! 

The great thing about both though is that I can learn from each and apply it to the other, such as learning how to deal with pouring rain working with the paper, I can apply to my commercial work, and I can also learn more natural poses from models that I can sometimes apply to farmers.

by Chloe Smith

What are you working on at the moment?
Nothing major at the moment! After a busy year of working four jobs and getting into the swing of working for a newspaper as well as starting my own business, I’m just starting to slow down a little bit. I have decided to get back to shooting more for myself though, and getting back into shooting the little magic moments that are often missed, and just the way I see things – in a lot of light and colour. 

by Chloe Smith

Who and/or what inspires you?
I am inspired by a lot of things, but the number one would have to be sunshine. I love sunlight – pure bright summer sunlight. It brings out all the colours, which is something I’m also very inspired by! Throw in a bit of ocean and nature (and some laughter), and I’m buzzing. 

by Chloe Smith

How would you describe your style?
Bright, colourful and happy!

by Chloe Smith

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
Every day for me is rewarding! And each in a totally different way to the last. Some of my work has been published in a book and also a magazine, and that is definitely one of the highlights! Seeing my work in print every week with the paper is always exciting! But the most rewarding thing is all the incredible friends I’ve made since the start. I’ve made amazing friends at PSC and out and about at work, including models I have worked with who are now some of my best friends. The support that comes from all of them I can’t even put into words, but my friends are by far the most rewarding thing that has come out of picking up a camera (literally tearing up now thinking about it – haha!). 

by Chloe Smith

What advice would you give to current PSC students or people thinking of enrolling at PSC?
If you have an inkling of enjoyment for photography, just go and do it! Make sure to stick to your gut, your passions and your outlook. Make work that is you, and the rest will come naturally. 

You can see more of Chloe’s work on her Instagram and website.

Our full time Bachelor degree and part time Advanced Diploma courses for 2017 are still open for application, so if you’re interested in following Chloe’s footsteps, give us a call on (03) 9682 3191 or visit our website.

Graduate Feature – Olivia Mroz

As a fun way to start the year, we’ve been in touch with a bunch of our graduates and asked them to share a bit about their experience at PSC and to let us know what they’ve been up to since graduating.

Today, we’re really excited to feature Olivia Mroz, who finished studying at PSC in 2015 and has been doing plenty of exciting things ever since.

by Olivia Mroz

What got you started in photography?
As child I was always drawing, designing, painting, sewing – creating in general. During the MySpace days, I followed and connected with a lot of creatives which influenced my interest in photography. So at the age of thirteen I saved up and purchased my first Pentax 35mm camera – a love affair ever since.

Why did you decide to study at PSC?
I came across PSC in high school and I wanted to study there ever since – I was in awe of the quality of imagery. I studied at other institutes previously, but PSC is where I flourished.

by Olivia Mroz

When did you graduate and what did you focus on?
I finished my Bachelor Degree (majoring in Art) in 2015 and started my business Olivia&Thyme in April 2016. It’s been quite a natural transition from art to commercial work. I have been mainly focusing on Olivia&Thyme – but I always create my personal works in between.

How did PSC help get you where you are today?
I had an abundance of support from PSC. I had amazing teachers and a lot of understanding and patience from them. And because of that, I will always be so, so grateful. They helped me recognise my talent, build courage and my confidence.

How do you balance your commercial and personal work?
Well, my commercial practice is my source of income – and I always find time for my personal work as it’s important for my mental health. So it naturally balances out. And I think my love for both helps a lot, haha.

Tell us a bit about your Olivia&Thyme business.
I started Olivia&Thyme in April 2016, so it is still finding and defining its place in the world. But in saying that, a large focus is on event, lifestyle and food, but I also shoot things like fashion, editorial and portraits.

by Olivia Mroz

Tell us a bit about your art practice.
I shoot using 35mm, medium format and polaroid within my art practice, with the inclusion of poetry pieces and
painting. My art practice is a tool I use to come to terms and try to understand complexities. It is both therapeutic, and sometimes triggering, but it keeps me grounded and thankful for how far I have come.

How would you describe your style?
Well, my personal work compared to my commercial sit in two totally different worlds! Olivia&Thyme is elegant, refined and contemporary and my personal work is raw, messy and confronting.

by Olivia Mroz

What are you working on at the moment?
I am constantly working on ’11:48′ – which is a project I started in my last year at PSC.
’11:48′ is a self-reflexive series of photographs examining a link between the emotional state of chronic anxiety and childhood trauma. It focuses on sexual and emotional abuse and the overall effects of this later in life, especially in regard to memory recall and disorders such as OCD, depersonalisation, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The work is a process of scrutiny of the links between anxiety and the circumstances that contribute to it. This work continues my long investigation into the themes of anxiety, memory, trauma and identity and operates as an outward manifestation of what are inner subjective states.

by Olivia Mroz

Who and/or what inspires you?
Pat Brassington, Hans Bellmer and Man Ray are a couple of my all time favourites, and, as cheesy as it may sound, people following their passion and thriving in their business.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?
In such a short amount of time, I have had so many amazing opportunities already – and I am so thankful. But, my most rewarding part is still in the process of being created – which I can’t share just yet!

What advice would you give to current PSC students or people thinking of enrolling at PSC?
If you’re wholeheartedly passionate about photography, then it is 110% worth it! And who wouldn’t want to study at one of the best colleges?

by Olivia Mroz

You can see more of Olivia’s work on her Instagram, personal website and commercial website.

Our full time Bachelor degree and part time Advanced Diploma courses for 2017 are still open for application, so if you’re interested in following Olivia’s footsteps, give us a call on (03) 9682 3191 or visit our website.

PSC Graduate David Collopy Exhibition ‘Yesterday Once More’

One of PSC’s talented graduates has recently opened an exhibition at the State Library of Victoria in the Palmer Hall. The exhibition is titled ‘Yesterday Once More’ and it features historical images and David’s own recreation of these images many, many years later.

“I thought it would be interesting to do a then and now and try to emulate as much as possible all of the same elements that were in the frame originally … So if there was a car in a certain spot, I’d try to get that, if there was a person in a certain spot, I’d try to get that, and it just kept growing.” – David Collopy

The exhibition runs until the 6th of March 2017, so be sure to check it out!

by David Collopy

Graduate Sophie Gabrielle in LensCulture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents for 2016!

One of our Bachelor Degree graduates, Sophie Gabrielle, has been named as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents by LensCulture for 2016! You can read the full article by LensCulture here.

We’re always so proud and excited to see our students and graduates continuously achieve great things, not just locally, but in the worldwide photographic and art communities. Over the past few years, Sophie has exhibited her work in many places around Melbourne, interstate and internationally, including at the Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang, Malaysia. Sophie has also had her work published in a range magazines and websites around the world.

You can see some more of Sophie’s work at the bottom of this post and also on her website and Instagram page.

Sophie graduated from our Bachelor Degree course with an Art Major in 2015. Applications are still open for our 2017 Bachelor Degree course and we also accept change of preference and late applications. Visit our website or contact us now for more information!



 

Final year students prepare for Always Already exhibition

Our final year bachelor students are getting ready for their Always Already exhibition opening this Thursday night from 6-9pm at Besser Space (15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood).

On display will be a huge range of work from our students in the Art, Photojournalism and Commercial specialisations. It’s always wonderful to see our graduating students producing high quality, professional level work that will no doubt take them a long way in the industry.

To follow in the footsteps of these students, apply for our Bachelor of Photography course for 2017! We also accept change of preference and late applications. Contact us now for more information!

Images by Sarah Walker

Images by Sarah Walker – Art Specialisation

 

Images by Michael Foxington

Images by Michael Foxington – Commercial Specialisation

 

Images by Ena Skaljic

Images by Ena Skaljic – Photojournalism Specialisation

Where Are They Now?

Entering into a creative career can be exciting, challenging, full of passion and rewards … but it also takes determination and adaptability. We recently had the pleasure to meet up with three PSC alumni – Taylor-Ferne Morris, Sarah Lynch and Emma McEvoy – at our Image Makers Seminar and hear where their careers post graduating have taken them.

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Left to Right: Emma McEvoy, Taylor-Ferne Morris, Sarah Lynch

Taylor, Sarah and Emma provided us with plenty of inspiration and insight into their diverse experiences since graduating from PSC. All three first undertook the Advanced Diploma of Photography before going on to complete the Bachelor of Photography pathway program. They each chose a different area of specialisation – Taylor pursued her passion for dance through commercial photography, Sarah followed her connection to photojournalism and Emma continued to follow her path in art photography.

Taylor Ferne Morris

From the outset, Taylor explained that she has had a strong affinity with dance photography, having transitioned to photography after an injury halted her own dance career. After graduating from the Advanced Diploma, Taylor decided to head to New York where she began the exciting relationship and collaboration with Dance Media, one of the world’s leading dance publishers. Since then Taylor has worked with many of the world’s most sought-after dancers, including Paloma Herrera, Alina Cojocaru and Tamara Rojo, with her work being published in both ‘Pointe’ and ‘Dance Magazine’ for global distribution. Taylor continues to regularly travel between Melbourne and New York for Dance Media.

The quality of Taylor’s stunning work is reflected in her growing reputation, seeing many Australian dancers, groups and publications seeking her services including Dance Australia and Dance Informa. Late in 2015 Taylor’s work was published on the cover of the Dance Australia’s December 15 – January 16 issue.

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

In 2015 Taylor’s work was selected to be featured in the Your Move exhibition, at the Art House Gallery in New York where she was also awarded the top prize in studio photography.

“Don’t be afraid to create your own work and put it out there. An online presence and word of mouth is how I get most of my clients. ” – Taylor

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

Image: Taylor-Ferne Morris

Sarah Lynch

For Sarah Lynch photography is part of who she is – something she feels compelled to do.
“I’m constantly inspired by the power of story telling through photography and how that can change lives. I love to create images of the land and the people who inhabit it. I believe in giving people the opportunity to educate and inspire themselves through photography.”
Having graduated from PSC’s Advanced Diploma photojournalism specialisation, Sarah immediately embarked on a career in documenting animal exploitation.
“My final folio at PSC was the catalyst for where I am now. I was able to step out of student life at PSC into a career in documentary photography.” – Sarah

Image: Sarah Lynch

Image: Sarah Lynch

This saw Sarah achieve marked results in exposing cases of animal cruelty, raising awareness in a broader audience and providing the stimulus needed to see changes being implemented around animal welfare and live exports.
“People said don’t work with animals or children, but I like the madness.” – Sarah

In 2014 Sarah founded Focus on Humanity a not for profit photography organisation that brings the gift of photography to communities around the world who do no not have access to photography. providing them with portraits and photographic prints. In December 2014 the organisation undertook it’s first campaign to India where it distributed over 200 prints to individuals and families who had never had a photograph or print of themselves.

Image: Sarah Lynch, Focus on Humanity

Image: Sarah Lynch, Focus on Humanity

Sarah is this week joining a medical ship bound for Papua New Guinea, providing aid to areas without access to medical resources.

“Photojournalism needs a sense of photographic maturity and sensitivity and the patience to get the right shot for the situation. Determination and curiosity will make up for anything you feel you may be lacking.” – Sarah

Emma McEvoy

Moving from styling to art photography, Emma McEvoy provided us with the stimulus needed to get out there and try. With a passion for fine art and much success received from her recent exhibition, Sand Castles, Emma encourages budding photographers to simply approach people and ask.

“Every day I contact people I’d like to work with. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no, but you’d be surprised how many you get that say yes!” – Emma
This was the approach that gained Emma with access to the derelict building she needed to fill with sand for her interpretation of the Namibian Deserts as part of her exhibition.

Image: Emma McEvoy

Image: Emma McEvoy

“I came out of studying at PSC in such an awesome headspace. It was the best thing I could have done.” – Emma

 

Success for our Japanese Alumni

It is always so enjoyable to hear from our alumni, and this week we have had the excitement of double updates from two of our graduates!  Rakuto Makino and Hiroki Nagahiro, both originally born in Japan, graduated from PSC’s Advanced Diploma of Photography in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Specialising in PSC’s art photography stream saw Rakuto exhibited in the Fresh 13 and Secret Street exhibitions in 2013 with his work “Yata-Garasu”.  This Japanese legend inspired series reflected on Rakuto’s experiences, the process of creating and the journey of self-discovery.

“I believe that life is a journey to find out who we really are. It can be a swirl of chaotic confusion and continuous inner battle of ever changing identity. Sometimes this can be confusing because we are encouraged to be unique, yet oppressed to follow the certain accepted social standards. Sometimes we become what we are in order to fit into society.” – Rakuto

Racket Makino, from the series "Yata-Garasu"

Rakuto Makino, from the series “Yata-Garasu”

In 2014, after graduating from PSC, Rakuto decided to move to Germany to challenge himself and see what he is capable of. The evidence shows, that is quite an impressive amount! Rakuto now travels between Germany and Spain working as a photographer and assistant, enjoying life and creating his art.  View his latest projects on his website mr-sharaku.com

Rakuto Makino from mr-sharaku.com

Rakuto Makino from mr-sharaku.com

Shortly after Rakuto’s graduation, the following year in fact, Hiroki Nagahiro commenced his final stage of PSC’s Advanced Diploma specialising in commercial photography.  Hiroki had always demonstrated a strong connection to fashion photography during his studies at PSC and could often be found shooting in the studios for local industry clients. This foundation in studio lighting, and learning how to organise a photoshoot, has seen his career flourish as Hiroki now has representation from London-based photography, style and production agency August Management.  Whilst Hiroki currently shares his time between London and Tokyo, he currently finds that he is more frequently in the UK shooting for various fashion clients and publications including Superior magazine, Design Scene magazine, HUF magazine, Leon magazine and more.

“I like working in London for the new people and creatives I get to meet.  However, in terms of fashion, Tokyo is unique and always has something new.” – Hiroki

Hiroki Nagahiro

Hiroki Nagahiro

Long term, Hiroki is planning to start his own international creative agency based in Japan.  Based on his stunning success so far, we cannot wait to see where his unique vision will take him!

And Hiroki’s tips for students looking to enter a career in fashion photography –

“Trial and error will be the fundamentals of your learning. The studio lighting, retouching skills I learnt at PSC form the basis for my current photography. Be polite and have confident in your work.  You will find something important for your career at PSC, just keep looking for it.” – Hiroki

See more of Hiroki’s work on his website hirokinagahiro.com and via August Management

Hiroki Nagahiro

Hiroki Nagahiro

PSC’s Ongoing Commitment to Graduates

Graduates Visit PSC with Teacher/ Course Coordinator Daniel Boetker-Smith

Graduates Cassandra Tzortoglou, Nathan Larkin, Chloe Smith, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith, Coby Baker, & Jordan Madge Visit PSC 

Once you graduate your relationship with PSC doesn’t end. Part of our ongoing commitment to our students is to continue to support them in their careers after they have completed their studies. Earlier this week we welcomed back a few graduates from our 2015 Bachelor of Photography cohort to share their new work, get feedback on new ideas, and continue to hone their practice. They shared stories of overseas residencies, working for local newspapers, assisting top fashion photographers, and getting their work featured on influential international photo blogs. It was a great chance to reconnect before some of them head off to work at one of Asia’s biggest photography festivals, Obscura Festival in Malaysia in August. A group of graduates will be working some of the world’s top photographers, helping with exhibition preparation and hanging, facilitating workshops, and supporting a group of 20 PSC 2nd year students who will be attending the Festival also. 

PSC Grad Sarah Lynch Gets Showcased in New York City

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If you’re following our Instagram channel, you are probably already blown away by the amazing photographs of New York city, taken by a certain ‘@focus_on_humanity’. Our channel has been taken over by an amazingly prolific graduate of 2013, Sarah Lynch.

After completing her degree, she received the prestigious Heartfelt Award for using photography to make a difference – something that she’s still dedicated to. She began her own not-for-profit organisation, Focus on Humanity, which  is driven towards giving remote communities access to the art and medium of photography. It serves to make portraits for families and individuals, training people to learn the craft so that they can record their own experiences and express their views through the language of photography.

Image from 'Focus on Humanity' website

Image from ‘Focus on Humanity’ website

Recently been offered her own solo exhibition space in the cultural capital of New York in 2018, Sarah’s work is currently being showcased at the Agora Gallery (New York) in an exhibition titled, ‘Out From Down Under & Beyond: Fine Art from Australia & New Zealand’. Featuring artists from Oceania, the exhibition’s main focus is Sarah’s ongoing photography series from 2014 where she shot the volcanic landscapes of New Zealand:

‘The series aims to draw the viewers into the otherworldly landscapes; to see the world through an alternative perspective from the one they usually do, with the hope that they will be enchanted by the world and its beauty and something worth saving and fighting for. The images are not the usual environmentalist landscapes that viewers may be used to seeing but it is my hope that if people can become entranced with nature then they may take up the cause to protect it.’

Image by Sarah Lynch

Image by Sarah Lynch

This is a great opportunity for Sarah to get more international recognition for her work, as the Agora Gallery is based in the most prized fine art district of New York and is largely frequented by dealers, collectors and curators. The exhibition will be on till the 9th of June and you can view as well as purchase some of her limited edition prints from the ARTmine page.

Image taken by The Hippy and the Blonde Facebook page

Image taken by The Hippy and the Blonde Facebook page


Aside from her busy exhibition schedule, Sarah also launched an adventure-blog with another PSC graduate, Ruth Perry. You can visit their ‘Hippy and the Blonde’ Facebook page, Instagram channel and blog have a look at their wonderful travels around America!

We’re really happy to hear about our graduates leading such exciting lives and using their photography to inspire and reach out to people across the world. It’s great to know that our graduates are getting the success they deserve in the world of photography.

Award Winning Graduates of 2015

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During the spellbinding graduation ceremony held at ACMI on the 6th of May, we applauded our students who had made their mark in the field of photography, with our sponsored awards of the evening. Let’s take another look at our winners and thank our sponsors who played a big role in enhancing their future.

Ilford Imaging is a premium image processing and production company that was established in 1879 (U.K) and is one of the ‘earliest adopters of digital imaging technology for photographic and commercial wide format markets’. With technology partners in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, Ilford has won the TIPA award for Best Inkjet Photopaper for two years in a row. Elena D. San Roman (advanced diploma ’15) and Sophie Pigram (bachelor of arts, photography ’15) were the winners of the prestigious award for ‘excellence in art’.

Elena D San Roman with Julie Moss

Elena D San Roman with Julie Moss

Sophie Pigram with Julie Moss

Sophie Pigram with Julie Moss

The next award went to two highly prolific photographers who have seen their work published in numerous commercial magazines. Jessica Hollingsworth (advanced diploma ’15) and Cassandra Tzortzoglou (bachelor of arts, photography ’15) received the award for the ‘excellence in commercial photography major’ award by Sunstudios – the providers of the best lighting and camera equipment in the country. Jessica Hollingsworth and Cassandra Tzortzoglou are worthy of such an amazing award, with their work printed in publications such as Jute Magazine, Fashion Weekly, Archive Collective Magazine, Culture Magazine, MOD and Fashion Journal Magazine.

Jess LaFrankie with Julie Moss

Jess LaFrankie with Julie Moss

Cassandra Tzortzoglou with her Father

Cassandra Tzortzoglou with Andrew Miller from Sunstudios.

Supplying the best products that support our photographers and provide imaging solutions, Borges ImagingBowens and Kayell Australia have been prominent names in the Australian photography industry for the past thirty three to forty years. They are three companies that have always kept their pulse on the latest technologies available for our students.  For ‘excellence in the photojournalism major’ Borges Imaging and Bowens presented the award to Adam Kemp (advanced diploma ’15) and Clare Steele (bachelor of arts, photography ’15) received her award from Kayell Australia. Adam Kemp recently had his folio ‘Skateboarding Culture’ presented as part of an Australian Photographic Gallery series (by Echo Publishing). On the other hand, after having her photobook acquired by the National Library of Australia a few weeks before graduation, Clare Steele is on her way to be a part of PhotoIreland this year for an eventful period.

Adam Kemp with his family

Adam Kemp winner of the Borges Imaging & Bowens award with the team from Borges Imaging

Clare Steele

Clare Steele with Michael Marlborough (Kayell Australia)

Peter Petty played a major role in the development of Neurosurgery in Australia, from the time of his appointments as Assistant Neurosurgeon at both The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1967 until January 2010. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at The University of Melbourne in 1962, and was an extraordinary anatomist and teacher.  As with everything he did, he brought both a practicality and intense scientific interest to his teaching.  Fortunately for us – he was also a student here at PSC. In recognition of this passion, his daughters Susie and Liz have established a special graduation award in honour and in memory of their father, after his demise. 2016 marks the last year that we present the ‘Peter Petty Memorial Award’ and the talented recipients of the award were Timothy Allen (advanced diploma ’15) and Lucie McGough (bachelor of arts, photography ’15).

Timothy Allen with Julie Moss

Timothy Allen with Julie Moss

Lucie McGough with her Mother

Lucie McGough with her Mother

This year, we were pleased to have Ian van der Wolde – the chair of the compliance committee of AIPP who also served as the national president for the AIPP- an organisation that ‘advocates for excellence in imaging and is the membership organisation of choice for professional and aspiring image makers’. Ian is in fact, a former graduate of PSC. The AIPP and our college have a long standing relationship with many of our teachers holding AIPP memberships and students who win awards at competitions hosted by them. This year, Mr. Wolde presented Vicki Moritz (advanced diploma ’15) with the award for ‘conceptual excellence and photographic innovation’. Vicki was the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year in 2015.

Amongst our array of distinguished guests, Reymond Chapman (the partnership sales manager of Adobe Australia) attended our graduation ceremony to present the ‘Adobe Award for determination and creativity in final year’. PSC is thankful to have this award, with our students working entirely on Adobe systems and software to produce their award winning work in college and for the industry, worldwide. Our deserving winner this year was Jordan Madge (bachelor of arts, photography ’15). Jordan wasn’t present to receive the award due to being in Tokyo, Japan for his own exhibition opening ‘Shokai‘. He was also the winner of the Photobook Melbourne Award of 2015.

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Reymond Chapman and Daniel Boetker-Smith (Jordan Madge was in absentia)

The wonderful and incredibly influential Sally Brownbill was also present at our event. She is the founder and owner of The Brownbill Effect – the industry’s unique and most comprehensive creative directory for photographers and businesses. Sally Brownbill has been an active course advisory committee member of PSC since 2013 and has an extensive experience in the international filmmaking scene – having worked in the U.K and Europe. She gave the renowned ‘Sally Brownbill Award for great potential in commercial photography’ to Marisa Ho (advanced diploma ’15). Marisa Ho already has a successful string of commercial clients – working on weddings, architecture and for dance companies such as the Australian Ballet.

Marisa Ho and Sally Brownbill

Marisa Ho and Sally Brownbill

Julie Moss also presented a special award from Exetel – ‘Australia’s largest independent internet service provider’. Olivia Mroz (bachelor of arts, photography ’15) won the Exetel award for ‘excellence in reflection and self expression in photography’ – a quality that we hone in our students while they develop projects at PSC. Olivia Mroz has been recognised as one such student who has exemplified her penchant for making her work highly expressive and reflective of her style. She won the Silver Award for AIPP Epson State Awards, Melbourne for her photobook ‘Amelia’ in 2015 and has had her work published in DEW and Y.AMB Magazine in the same year.

Olivia Mroz

Olivia Mroz

The PSC community was glad to have Robert McLaren, from Irwin & McLaren Bookbinders at the ceremony. Robert is the descendant of Jim McLaren, who established ‘James McLaren Pty Ltd’ in 1903. The company offers the finest paper manufacturing and binding services in the country and we are pleased that they play an active part in our students’ journeys. Robert McLaren presented the prestigious award for the ‘excellence in documentary photography’ to Daniel Pockett (advanced diploma ’15) – one of our most successful students, who was selected for an internship with The Age late last year. Daniel was also assigned by Getty Images to cover fun and mayhem on the tennis courts of The Australian Open. He was also a finalist for the AIPP student photographer of the year Gold Award in 2015, where he also received a silver distinction.

Daniel Pockett and Robert McLaren

Daniel Pockett and Robert McLaren

We were also happy to have Debi Mac with us to present the Heartfelt award for using photography to make a difference. Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia and New Zealand dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses. Ebony Finck (advanced diploma ’15) won this award for her series ‘Juncture’ that was described by GUP Magazine as ‘a meditation on mortality as life comes to a close’.

Ebony Finck

Ebony Finck with Debi Mac

Finally we had two PSC sponsored awards for the evening that recognised our winning students’ potential in professional photography while reflecting on their dedication to learning and creativity at PSC. The PrintShop at PSC Award for ‘commitment to learning’ went to Marie Watt (bachelor of arts, photography ’15) and the overall PSC award for ‘creativity and enterprise’ went to Sarah Maslan (advanced diploma ’15) as well as to Emma McEvoy (bachelor of arts, photography ’15).

Marie Watt with Julie Moss

Marie Watt with Julie Moss

Sarah Maslan with Julie Moss

Sarah Maslan with Julie Moss

Emma McEvoy with Julie Moss

Emma McEvoy with Julie Moss

The graduation ceremony was a success, with our staff and students feeling proud of their accomplishment in the field of photography. Every year PSC increasingly sends out award winning photographers into the industry. We thank our sponsors and look forward to many more years of incredible growth and know that our students are prepared for the exciting and competitive world out there! Their foundation and newfound skills in photography were developed and supported by the Academic Board, members of which have taken continuous care in ensuring the best photographic education provided to students, in Australia.

The PSC Academic Board

The PSC Academic Board