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PSC officially Partners with ATOM for Aus – NZ wide Photo Comp

Teaming up with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) for the first time, we are the official partners for this year’s ATOM Photo Comp; a celebration of photographic talents across all primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand. We are thrilled to be a part of this, as it gives us an opportunity to establish connections with the wider (and growing) community of photographers who aspire to be iconic image makers of our time. The PSC family gladly extends our years of experience and multitude of industry links to those who place importance on photography, and wish to be a part of this exciting, ever-evolving art and profession.

Course director Daniel Boetker-Smith (founder of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive), art photography coordinator, Sarina Lirosi and teacher Anat Cossen (who are all practicing international photographers) will be judging the ATOM Photo Comp this year. They are undoubtedly expecting their task to be a challenging one, as they expect to see a vast array of wonderfully talented work.

Meet your judges for the ATOM Photo Comp: Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen.

Meet your judges for the ATOM Photo Comp: Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen.

The theme for this year’s competition is quite thought-provoking, which will ignite an eclectic mix of interpretations. Photographs submitted must reflect ‘A Sense of Place’, touching upon the way photography showcases unique perspectives of the world we live in.

We wish all photographers the best of luck with the competition, which you can learn more about from the ATOM Photo Comp website. For those who are interested in furthering their understanding of photography, feel free to look at our full time degree and part time courses. Full time applications are now officially open and we are currently accepting students in our last part time course intake of the year!

CRC Melton pays PSC a Visit for School Workshop

Today a group of very talented students from Catholic Regional College (Melton) travelled to the eclectic business and arts district in Melbourne to do a photography workshop at PSC. With the goal of imparting knowledge that speaks to the contemporary use of photography today, PSC course director Daniel Boetker-Smith prepared a short introduction to the world of Instagram photography. CRC students were excited about being able to use their phones to capture beautiful moments with the use of artistic techniques, under the guidance of Daniel and our dedicated second year students.

Students were introduced to the Instagram channels of renowned photographers such as @k_koenning (PSC teacher Katrin Koenning), @pinkhassov, @thomas_prior and @artofoto. The style of these photographers were discussed, making the concept of emulating their work more conceivable for students during their task of the day. Put into groups of their chosen photographer to focus on, CRC and PSC students went around the lively CBD to practice their skills in framing and building a clear vision of various subject matters. The result of their photography session was quite exceptional, as each student showcased their take on the style of others, adding their own creative flare.

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Image by @ante.t220

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Image by @jem_bala24

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Image by @stickswin

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Image by @joshmejias

Upon returning, students got to share their Instagram snaps with the rest of the group and received constructive feedback from Daniel, who further spoke about the treatment of subject matter, how photographers choose to omit certain aspects from the frame and how a mood or an element of intrigue can be added when one experiments with lighting techniques.

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With the goals of CRC Melton revolving around building life long education through critical thinking, where students are encouraged to learn through experience, the team at PSC is pleased to have introduced a new skill set to the group and is proud to foster such relationships with the wider community. By allowing others to step into the shoes of PSC students, we further deepen the understanding of photography against the backdrop of the ever-changing media industry, where social media skills and strong photographic styles are in demand.

We look forward to more visits from schools around Victoria and hope to see many of you join us for the PSC Open day on 14 August!

PSC Students and Staff Announced as Finalists for 2016 Bowness Prize

The Monash Gallery of Art, one of Australia’s leading public galleries, has announced the 2016 finalists of the highly sought after photography award, The Bowness Photography Prize. Established to encourage excellence in the art and education of photography, The Bowness Prize judges the work of amateur, emerging and professional photographers across Australia.

This year marks the largest number of PSC students to be selected as finalists for this prestigious national prize.

Amongst our undergraduates we have a spectacular first year student Darren Tan, who has been shortlisted. Hailing from Singapore, Darren is one of our remarkable international students who has shown progress and created award-worthy work. Along with him another Bachelor of Photography student Joanne Cripps (currently in her 3rd year at PSC) was chosen. A photograph from her series ‘When you took me away… because you knew best’ was submitted to the prize, enabling her to get recognition for her photojournalism work – a genre she is currently majoring in.

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Image by Darren Tan

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Image by Joanne Cripps

We also have two impressive students from the Advanced Diploma cohort who have been selected. Tammy Boyce and Margaret Lim are both studying in the art major and have produced unique, thought provoking work which has caught the attention of the MGA foundation and the Bowness Prize selection panel.

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Image by Tim Allen

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Image by Elaine Batton

The PSC community is additionally proud of the graduates who have also been chosen as finalists. Tim Allen (who studied in the Advanced Diploma, commercial major) and Elaine Batton (winner of the 2005 Fuji industry award for excellence in a commercial folio) clearly exhibit their dedication to the art as photographers who have applied their contemporary skills to their photographic endeavours.

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Image by Michael Warnock

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Image by Mia McDonald

Our commitment to learning as well as practice in the field of photography us best exemplified when members of our teaching staff continuously develop their own photography projects and contribute to awards in the art industry. We are thrilled about the news of Michael Warnock and Mia McDonald being selected for the Bowness Prize, and wish them the best of luck with the final judging round, from which winners will be announced on 7 September.

We are also happy about the announcement of Melbourne photographers Matt Portch, Christopher Koller and Peter Hyatt being selected as finalists. They have played an important role as key clients for our Master Printer Peter Hatzipavlis at the PrintShop @ PSC, who has printed their stunning work recently.

This year the judging panel comprises of Fred Schepisi (filmmaker), John Gollings (photographer) and Kallie Blauhorn (director of MGA). We are excited about the outcomes of their final decision and look forward to the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition that will run from 1 September to 16 October. We hope to see you all there and welcome to learn more about our award winning institution here.

Astres Noirs by Teacher Katrin Koenning is Released

As most of you know, our very talented teacher and coordinator Katrin Koenning is touring Europe, having visited Germany and is now making her way to France to attend the launch of her first book, ‘ASTRES NOIRS‘ (in collaboration with Bangladeshi photographer Sarker Protick) at Le Bal in Paris and at the Les Rencontres d’Arles (the biggest photography festival in the world).

The book has been published by the Paris based publishing company, Chose Communeone of the most exciting photobook publishers in the industry. Fortunately for us at PSC, we have our very own copy of the first edition in The Hub for you to see! Additionally, you can also buy your own copy at: http://www.chosecommune.com/book/astres-noirs-trade-edition/

Managing Director Julie Moss is happy to introduce our very own copy of ASTRES NOIRS to the PSC community, with course director Daniel Boetker Smith and teachers, Hoda Afshar and Pippa Milne

Managing Director Julie Moss is happy to introduce our very own copy of ASTRES NOIRS to the PSC community, with course director Daniel Boetker Smith and teachers, Hoda Afshar and Pippa Milne

Here is what Chose Commune had to say about ASTRES NOIRS:

“Astres noirs is the debut book for both Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick, artists who live thousands of miles apart whose peculiar photographic wanderings create a hauntingly beautiful dialogue. This book presents photographs taken on mobile phone cameras, devices used to capture their everyday in an impulsive and almost obsessional way, documenting life from their doorsteps to far afield.  Their photographs capture the commonplace such as water stains on asphalt, dust clouds and rays of light, and transform these into mesmerising frames – elusive fragments that evoke an imaginary creature, a milky way, a phosphorescent silhouette. Presented together, their combined voices lead us on a journey into unexplored territory, somewhere between the everyday and paranormal, between night and day. Amongst enveloping darkness, lightness is revealed, dazzling and miraculously caught by discerning eyes.”

We are all so proud here at PSC, and look forward to seeing her achieve many many more great things. Here is a sneak preview of the exquisite work in ASTRES NOIRS: 

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Katrin’s work is also currently being exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne as part of the ‘CCP Declares: On the Social Contract’ exhibition, curated by another of our lecturers Pippa Milne. Open until the 10th of July.

To find out more about how you can be a part of Photography Studies College (Melbourne), click here.

PSC Experience Day Highlights

Yesterday, students from secondary school all across Victoria visited our creative campus for our first Experience Day of the year. This was part our industry – awareness endeavours, where we enable the wider community to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a PSC student. Our passions for fostering interests in the art of photography and developing the visual communications skill set of students across the country, resulted in a fun filled day where a variety of insightful activities were organised.

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Students from year 10, 11 and 12 attended the introduction to the day by course director, Daniel Boetker-Smith, who explored the nature of photography today with social tools, such as Instagram. Students were encouraged to think about how they could develop styles that brought out their individuality, while looking at the Instagram channels of high profile photographers from the industry. Daniel introduced them to the vision and techniques of Katrin Koenning, PinkHassov, Thomas Prior and Arto Foto, to highlight the qualities of what it takes to be an image-maker for a successful career in the field. A group workshop session then followed, where teams were led by teachers Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen, with our PSC mentors, Myra, Rachel, Justice and Luke who guided students in brainstorming the ideas, vision and styles of the aforementioned photographers.

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Students then ventured out to different iconic spots around the Melbourne CBD – as PSC is located in the flourishing arts and business district, to capture images in the styles of their chosen Instagram photographer. Receiving hands-on feedback from their accompanying teachers and mentors, students who were relatively new to the experience achieved amazing results!

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Image by @lesleylu0710

Image by @ceruleaubird in the style of @thomas_prior

Image by @ceruleaubird in the style of @thomas_prior

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Image by @jjadephotography

 

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Image by @dmichaelw

After a fun pizza lunch, where Daniel went through some of the work posted on Instagram by the students, with the hashtag ‘#pscexp’, students were then taken on a tour around our creative campus, where they also interacted with Master Printer Peter Hatzipavlis and our librarian Allison Belcher.

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Students were also enabled to have one-on-one sessions with our teachers who are practicing in the industry, nationally as well as internationally. A swift folio-review workshop was arranged where students brought in their folios to receive feedback and comments by our photography icons at PSC. Ideas on how students could further develop their styles were also brainstormed, leaving them inspired to look at their work in different ways and enhance their folio for their final assessments at school.

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While students received constructive feedback, they were also led to our studios for a live – shoot, where teacher Michael Warnock gave them tips on how to work with subjects and lighting, in a professional studio environment. Students were quick to follow through, as they experimented with different moods and expressions. They were also introduced to our current Bachelor student, Taylor Ferne Morris and graduate, Lisa Frieling, who were doing their own commercial shoots as well. Secondary students were welcomed to discuss the realities of starting a career in photography and were pleased to hear about the positive outcomes that the industry has to offer, especially after getting a degree from a school like PSC.

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The staff at PSC were thrilled to see such enthusiastic secondary students, who were eager to learn as much as they could, while they also found a sense of accomplishment by getting the real-world experience of the photography industry. Students enjoyed the busy and lively city environment of PSC and walked away with a new set of skills and experiences!

To find out more about our campus and courses visit this page. We hope to see you for our next Experience Day!

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At the PrintShop with Matt Porch

2016 finalist for the Photobook Melbourne Photo Award and the Head On Photo Festival award, Matt Portch is an icon in the advertising industry. Matt is the senior designer in one of the most prestigious agencies in the world and has won impressive accolades in the industry from platforms such as ADFEST, MADC, ADMA and Leo Burnett. He also won the ‘Best Landscape’ prize at the CCP Salon in 2015. The PrintShop @ PSC was fortunate to have Matt over to print some of his recent work from the series, ‘Lost America’.


‘I have always been captivated by the American landscape. I grew up on a diet of American culture from the seventies on wards. However, instead of the white picket fence American dream, I’ve always been drawn to its more sombre side. Over the past few decades, the country has witnessed industrial redundancy, economic crisis, natural disasters, terrorism and paranoia. The result of which can be interpreted in a static and multifarious landscape. Towns become a worn-out reminder of when America was building itself a brighter future. These places appear frozen in time, their inhabitants sparse or long since departed. Both the series ‘Lost America’ and ‘Little America’ examine a quiet stillness in a landscape long since forgotten; in a sense ‘on-pause’. The backwater sticks and quiet city corners, now mirroring the vast and lonely wilderness. Feelings of melancholy and emptiness echo details of mundanity in beautiful, unremarkable landscape.’

Image by Matt Portch

Image by Matt Portch

‘I’ve been photographing for over ten years using various cameras, but mainly a DSLR. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago I became inspired by the great large format colour photographers of the seventies. I was fascinated by these seemingly ordinary looking landscapes. The fastidiousness detail captured through the 8×10 film was another character of the image. A simple scene came to life by the meticulous form of capture. I instantly became connected with this ruminative imagery. I discovered a much more manageable digital equivalent of the 8×10 in the form of a technical camera, digital back and precision optics. My preoccupation with the American landscape drew me there for two trips to explore the nature of this new found inspiration. And I’m currently planning a third journey.’

Image by Matt Portch

Image by Matt Portch

‘I process and grade my own images from RAW through to Photoshop, but it’s imperative to get that second opinion. I wasn’t even aware there were printing services for the public at PSC until someone posted a shot of their work on Instagram. When I visited, Peter was full of guidance and very attentive to my files, even adjusting colours, sharpening and offering guidance. Obviously, viewing on your own screen is going to vary greatly from viewing on another, and printing to stock is another step altogether. So to get the expertise of someone like Peter is essential if you’re looking for quality when printing your images. Peter has produced some beautiful prints for me and I hope to continue this relationship with future projects to come. ‘


We thank Matt for his time and welcome you to check out the PrintShop @ PSC. Feel free to make an appointment with our master printer, Peter Hatzipavlis here.

Meet International Student, Andrew Arismunandar

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Andrew left Indonesia to join PSC a year ago and has already managed to score some amazing attention for his photography as a finalist for Capture Magazine’s Top Emerging Photographer of 2016 (student category). It was his classmate Jame Thorn (also a finalist) who encouraged him, spurring Andrew submit work from his first year folio – which received wonderful feedback for, from his teachers.

Now enjoying the many facets of studio photography and lighting taught at PSC, Andrew is gaining more confidence in learning new things that once intimidated him.

“The teachers here know how to make concepts of photography accessible and easy to master. What I found ‘complicated’ a year ago is now so simple to do. I think it’s related to the way we are taught here. The boundaries between students and teachers are quite blurred, everyone is treated as a friend and that makes learning here really enjoyable.”

Andrew is currently living the exciting inner city life of Melbourne. He’s always on the go and ready to scout new places for projects, which we plan to follow him for in the next few weeks. Although he loves the views and sights, Andrew’s affinity towards Melbourne stems from a more emotional connection.

Image by Andrew Arismunandar

Image by Andrew Arismunandar

“I chose to come to Melbourne because it just feels more like home here. The people are so nice to live and collaborate with. The friendly atmosphere motivates me to create more work, too.”

We can’t wait for more exciting work from Andrew and look forward to showcasing his style and methods in photography – which you can see on his Instagram channel: @andrew_aris893. If you’d like to learn more about being an international student at PSC, click here.

David Merrylees’ Folio Marks Originality in Expression and Technique

We’ve just completed a short season of folio assessments, allowing a range of our students across all levels to showcase their amazingly executed ideas to a panel of guests, teachers and classmates. We have chosen to shine a spotlight on the incredible efforts of those in our part time group, as we have another intake coming up for our courses. Our current student, David Merrylees is a fine example of the creativity that brews at PSC – and he’s definitely a great inspiration to any of you who are either learning photography or are thinking about joining our part time options. Here’s an insightful Q&A with him:

David Merrylees and his work

David Merrylees and his work

About my folio  – ‘Wall Wear’:

I like the idea that we’re surrounded by art; the fabric of the city we live in contains gems that we walk past every day. As a photographer I think it’s our greatest challenge and achievement to show something as it’s never been seen before. A new angle, a new twist; you may have looked at this wall a hundred times, but never seen the beauty it contains. To tell the truth, when I was thinking of folio ideas, I thought that photos of walls would be quite easy…

When I heard that we could print in any way we wanted I was excited by the idea of printing on fabric. I’d seen some large fabric prints at the Ballarat Bienniale in 2013 and had always wanted to give that a try. It only seemed natural then to make the fabric into garments to heighten the focus on my chosen wall textures and colours. My choice of fabric and garment design were made to champion each wall, it was an iterative and intuitive process. My first garments were chosen after the prints were made, but as I went on I was thinking of a particular garment and fabric when I took the photo. It was interesting to explore the constraints that garments put on the image. For instance, choice of garment is limited by the available fabrics and some fabrics don’t print well; also, the size of garment is limited by the print size and the crop of the image happens when the fabric is cut. My images were processed minimally, I want the viewer to see what they’ve been missing, not something I’ve imagined.

Wall Wear by David Merrylees

Wall Wear by David Merrylees

My process of developing a folio and my advice for other student photographers out there:

You can quite literally start a folio about anything, or everything. That can be a bit daunting, so it’s best to start with something that you’re interested in, something simple and part of your life. Try not to get distracted by hearing about someone else’s amazing project. Write your proposal and then just leap in, taking photos every day if you can. Be open to the possibility of changing the idea you start with; listen and look and think. Be prepared to fight for your idea; arguing for your folio will help you to develop your idea further, or perhaps show areas where you can strengthen its message. Although the creative part of a folio is important, don’t overlook practical aspects, there’s no point having a great idea if you can’t deliver it. I set a timetable very early on and then try very hard to stick to it. Not every image will be amazing, don’t worry about that. You’ll probably learn more from your not so good images than your best.

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How do I feel about studying at PSC part time?

It’s brilliant! I have always taken photos, but before I started at PSC my “good” photos involved a huge dose of luck or an awesome sunset. With help and inspiration from an amazing bunch of tutors I’m learning to see what I want from an image before I push the shutter. I remember talking with another student in first year about how we would be taught creativity. We were a bit sceptical, in the vein of old dogs and new tricks. Well, after two years, we’re convinced; with a combination of exposure to photography from all over the world, enhancing our technical skills enormously and being pushed by our tutors to new heights we are much more creative. The close examination of every folio I have produced and those of my classmates has given me the language, ideas and structure to take my photography to a higher level.

So if you’re thinking about taking your photography to a higher level, feel free to come by for campus tour, or enrol yourself here.

How Pier Carthew is Taking on the Fashion Industry

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Pier Carthew has created quite a stir on our Instagram channel this week, showcasing a vibrant, memorable and eclectic collection of work to our fortunate followers. His recent series is one that will stop the fashion industry in its tracks. 

Here’s why.

Feeling quite cynical of how fashion photography largely revolves around the stereotypical depiction of beauty, Pier has always wanted to inject something new and different to the genre. So when he and his third year classmates were given their latest industry-focus assignment of working towards a client brief, Pier decided to create a folio that would make people look twice.

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Before joining PSC, Pier was part of a theatre company that was on an eight-month international tour. He was taking photographs during his adventure and returned to Melbourne with the dreams of taking photography more seriously. He saw this path as an opportunity worth pursuing over acting.

“As an actor you’re always subjected to other people’s ideas and projects, whereas with photography you can really be in charge of your creative vision.” 

Although he did initially feel confident about teaching himself the skills involved, when he toured PSC and saw the campus, he realized that he would learn something invaluable.

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The facilities drew me to the school. After meeting with Neil (the teacher) and discovering that he saw great potential in my work at the time, I was driven to join even more. Since being a student here, Neil has really encouraged me to develop strong concepts behind my work and Julie (his third year teacher) has been an invaluable resource as well as pushing me to deliver a very high standard of work. On top of this my experience with shooting in the studios at PSC has been wonderful. I’m happy with the work I’ve produced here, because I now think about photography very differently.”

Pier has been quite impressive with building his network in the photography industry and has also efficiently maintained strong ties with those in the performing arts and television circuit.

He approached Kate Davis, the esteemed co-artistic director of The Rabble, one of Australia’s leading avant-garde contemporary theatre companies that present visually charged imagery for their stage productions. She was excited to be his client for his assignment, stepping in as the stylist for his shoot, and providing the wardrobe from the high-fashion clothing store, Shifting Worlds. The only thing left in the mix were the models, and this is where Pier took charge in implementing his own style and vision to the project.

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Pier chose to work with Josh and Zach – two actors who, regardless of their disabilities, are carving great reputations for themselves as powerful performers in Melbourne’s theatre scene.

The shoot proved to be a success, inspiring Shifting Worlds to display Pier’s work at their store very soon. Pier’s client-folio assignment therefore won him a larger opportunity than he expected and he will surely enjoy more attention from the industry, as a result. According to Pier, since being at PSC his work has often led him to more paid assignments in the professional world.

“I now have more commercially viable projects to showcase, which was my main objective coming here. I’m starting to get more work through my theatre and television network now, since showcasing the folio I’ve developed while being at PSC.”

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We are definitely proud to have a student like Pier in our community who is creating such exciting work. Be sure to follow this rising talent on Instagram at @pierypier and read more about how you can enhance your own talents in photography with our degree and diploma programs, here.

3rd Year Student Zia Atahi Heads to Bogor, Indonesia

3rd year student Zia Atahi will be travelling to Bogor, Indonesia from June 19 to conduct a photography workshop with a class of 17 at the Cipayung Refugee Educational Centre. The  centre offers a community of learning for children, women and mixed groups of those who originally come from the regions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Only formed two months ago, the class for photography is one that has raised a lot of interest from the community. Unfortunately, there are only 4 cameras to be shared between amongst such a large group and this is reason why we want to help raise awareness about this important centre.

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Image by the Cipayung Learning Centre

Zia’s original plans for travelling to Bogor was to enrich his ongoing folio series which is about the Hazara community in Melbourne. He wanted to capture the process of how refugees travel from one place to another and therefore contacted the head of the learning centre, who then offered him something significant in return.

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Image by Zia Atahi

Image by Zia Atahi

Image by Zia Atahi

Putting aside his folio idea for the trip, Zia has now organised exercises and activities for the group of 17 who are deeply interested in the art of photography. He yearns to first make them comfortable with the basics of the craft and get them familiar with inspiring artists in the field. What he needs assistance with from the PSC family and those in the photography industry, is a lending or donation of cameras which will help the photography class greatly. Zia hopes to let all 17 students express their views and experiences with their own tools, so that he can return to Melbourne and showcase the body of work created by them. He also aims to publish a photography book as a result of his workshop, so that the unique talents of the group can get the recognition they deserve.

Zia feels a strong connection with the purpose of his trip to Indonesia, as his own introduction to photography stemmed from a difficult experience he was going through as an architecture student. Photography made him feel truly happy and inspired him to turn his life around, joining PSC as a result. Although he was always creative as a child, Zia discovered a new strength in his ability to connect with people.

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Image by Zia Atahi

Image by Zia Atahi

Image by Zia Atahi

‘For me, photography is a way to document and tell stories. I feel good about taking photos not just for myself but for everyone. I’m really excited about going to the Cipayung community centre to learn from the people there.’

We are looking forward to hearing more about Zia’s trip to Indonesia and wish him all the best with his endeavours. If you would like to donate or lend your camera to the community centre via Zia, feel free to contact our front desk at  03 9682 3191 and info@psc.edu.au or get in touch with our course director, Daniel Boetker Smith at dboetkersmith@psc.edu.au. Fore upcoming updates about Zia’s travels, follow him on Instagram: @ziatography.