Samantha Everton Visits PSC

Our Advanced Diploma of Photography art major students were treated to an artist talk today by Melbourne-based artist Samantha Everton. With incredible attention to detail in her images, Samantha discussed her practice; using a series of hidden wires and support harnesses – every element and movement within her images is captured in-camera.

Samantha Everton, ‘Marionettes’

 

With the students in their final year, Samantha also spoke about how necessary commitment, determination and drive are to sustaining a long-term artistic practice, while also speaking about how she manages her practice as a business.

 

This was an invaluable insight for our final year Advanced Diploma of Photography students! Thank you very much for dropping in Samantha!

See work by our art major students, and please contribute to their Pozible for their end of year exhibition.

Feature Friday: Jo Duck

Today’s Feature Friday is on 2005 graduate Jo Duck, who we sat down and had a chat with.

Jo was also featured in C41 Magazine back in February for her work with the  Hula Hoops Guiness World Record Holder 

 

Hey Jo, what got you started in photography?

A good friend of mine was using the darkroom at his highschool and I thought it was complete magic. My highschool didn’t offer photography so I just picked up a camera and started shooting film. I learned a lot from making many mistakes.


Why did you decide to study at PSC?
I went to the Open Day at PSC while I was in highschool and just knew it was the right fit. I had looked at other colleges which offered photography, but I found the specialised course, the people and the feeling at PSC suited me best. I had no regrets and enjoyed my three years studying at PSC.

When did you graduate and what did you focus on?
I graduated in 2005. I majored in commercial photography but I enjoyed approaching commercial photography from a more conceptual direction. I have never been interested in shooting a product to sell a product – I enjoyed the conceptualising and decided to create narratives for all my commercial work. This meant a lot of pre-production and research, but that was the part which made my work more rich and interesting to produce.

Jo Duck, 2017


How did PSC help get you where you are today?
I learned a lot of technical skills which helped me to get started in the industry. I loved learning about studio lighting and still love experimenting in the studio using my initial education.
PSC has a great sense of community and I had a great network of tutors and friends who are still a big part of my personal and professional life.
I also learned to really nurture an idea, to delve deeper and ask why I’m creating the work I’m creating and what I’m trying to say with it.  These were definitely essential building blocks to becoming a photographer.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently balancing commercial work with personal work and collaborations. I love collaborating with Marawa (the guinesss world record holding hooper!), we’ve been shooting together all over the world for about ten years. I’ve also really enjoyed collaborating with incredible UK culinary genius’ Bompas + Parr.
I’m shooting editorial fashion as much as I can, working on an exhibition when there’s time and collaborating with art directors in Europe to produce a really weird and exciting body of work.

Jo Duck, 2017


Who and/or what inspires you?

I love watching films for inspiration and also listening to podcasts, looking at other photographers work and hearing people’s stories.
I get a lot of inspiration from David Lynch’s work, I love the photographer Weegee and also think there a lot of brilliant photographers working in fashion right now.

How would you describe your style
Polished with raw edges.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far
I’ve met a lot of fascinating people through my work and travelled to places I probably wouldn’t have visited if I hadn’t pursued photography.
I love collaboration and have worked with people with truly brilliant brains who work with me to push a project and make some unique work. I really love that each new job / idea is a challenge and that no two days are the same.
Oh wow, where have you shot?
London, Paris, New York, LA, Croatia, and Istanbul, as well as weirder, smaller towns in between!

What advice would you give to current PSC students or people thinking of enrolling at PSC
My experience with education is you get out what you put in. If you immerse yourself in all aspects of photography while you’re studying, it will help you to make an educated decision about which direction to take your career in.
Your time at university gives you access to great equipment and great helpful people who have a wealth of experience. Ask questions!
See more of Jo’s work here on her website! 

Jo Duck, 2017

Mowanjum Workshop with PSC’s Peter Hatzipavlis

Outside Derby in Western Australia, the Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal tribes make up the Mowanjum community. At the heart of this community is the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre; a creative hub where old and young come together to create and inspire one another.

 

Mowanjum Festival

 

Next week our very own print master Peter Hatzipavlis, will be travelling to North-Western Australia for a workshop with artists in the community as they respond to the theme of Micro Macro Country. The microscopic and macroscopic interpretations of the Kimberley will be translated through a range of creative mediums, where Peter will develop their processing skills to print contemporary art on merchandise; these products will be sold in the Culture Centre.

We’re incredibly excited and proud to be supporting this workshop! Remember to follow us on Instagram to keep up-to-date on all of the happenings next week!

 

 

Tuesday Feature: Caitlin Gartside

Today’s feature is on fine-art student Caitlin Gartside, whose on-going work focuses on introspection and mental illness.

Caitlin Gartside, 2016

 

Caitlin completed her studies at PSC last year majoring in art photography in the bachelor course, now her work is on display at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre for the rest of March, open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm. Check out the exhibition ‘Elements’ at our celebratory night tomorrow night from 6 – 8pm at 210 Lonsdale street, Melbourne. Follow Caitlin on Instagram for more of her work

Caitlin Gartside, 2016

 

“I see myself as a person with flaws that outweigh any good traits I may possess, a burden despite reassurance, and a failure regardless of evidence of success. I feel as though I am systematically betrayed by my malfunctioning and unconscious cognitive processes. Understandably, I then tend to project these negative feelings onto those around me and I assume that their judgements of me align with my biased judgments of myself.”

Caitlin Gartside, 2016

Friday Feature: Jade Byrnes

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

 

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

 

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

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

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

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

 

Jade Byrnes, ‘Kinglake’, 2016

 

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

See more work by Jade

 

 

Thursday Feature: Agata Mayes

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

 

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

 

Agata Mayes, ‘Inside The Mind’, 2016

 

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

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

 

Agata Mayes, ‘Inside The Mind’, 2016

 

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

Follow Agata on Instagram

 

Tuesday Feature: Emma Watson

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

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’ 2016

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

See More of Emma’s work 

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

Monday Feature: Rochelle Hansen

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Rochelle Hansen, ‘Two’

Graduate: Annette O’Brien

We’re always proud to hear what our graduates are up to; recently we caught up with 2009 graduate Annette O’Brien, who since then has been working with commercial clients building up her work to shoot her first book. Well done on your hard work Annette!!

 

 

Hey Annette, one question that we always get asked first as photographers; what got you started in photography?

I never selected photography or art subjects at high school and certainly didn’t see myself as a creative person. I actually started studying Health at university and always thought I’d end up in that field. That course wasn’t right for me however, so I headed over to the USA to work at summer camps and travel.

While I was traveling, I was frustrated with being unable to adequately capture what I was seeing. I also happened to meet a photographer – it had never crossed my mind that it was an actual career option! When I came home I started researching photography courses, my Dad taught me the basics with a Pentax 35mm camera, and I’ve never looked back.

Annette O’Brien, Australian Traveller Magazine

 

So why did you decide to study at PSC?

I quickly realised that I didn’t want to do a short course in photography. I valued formal education and wanted a qualification – the full time course felt right for me. I really liked the fact that the class sizes at PSC were relatively small. I hadn’t loved my previous “bigger university” experience so I thought PSC was a good fit– especially when I felt so inexperienced. At the time, the Advanced Diploma was the highest certification offered at PSC, and the pathway to RMIT to gain a Bachelor Degree was appealing to me. I planned to follow this path – I did so, and graduated from RMIT in 2011.

 

When you graduated with the Advanced Diploma, what did you focus on?

I graduated from PSC in 2009 with a Commercial Major. By the time I finished, I had finally figured out the direction I wanted to go, I loved interiors, food, and lifestyle imagery and hoped to shoot for both commercial and editorial clients.

 

In what way did PSC help to get you where you are today?

At PSC I really learned everything from practical and technical skills, to image design, colour theory, developing concepts and research skills. Other important aspects were: learning how to communicate ideas, showing my work to others and receiving feedback, learning how to edit/review my own work and to keep shooting until an idea is resolved. It constantly pushed me out of my comfort zone but was a supportive environment in which to do so.

Assisting was an equally important part of my education too and I spent many years assisting some fantastic photographers before I started shooting.

 

How did you learn to balance your commercial and personal work?

I don’t think I have quite got this balance sorted out yet!

The majority of my time is spent on commercial and editorial work. Occasionally I’ll collaborate with a stylist for a test shoot/personal work although it really doesn’t happen enough. I’ve got a few things I’m working on and hope to spend a little more time this year on personal work as I think it’s hugely important. I notice the improvement in myself  (and my enthusiasm for other work) when I allow myself a little time to take photos just “for me”.

 

You mentioned that you’re working on something at the moment, what is that?

I’ve been shooting for commercial clients for their latest collections, editorial shoots for magazines like Australian House and Garden, and Home Beautiful, as well as shooting my first book.

 

What is your first book about?

Sorry, I can’t share any details just yet! It’s still in production, but I will let you know when it’s released later in the year.

Annette O’Brien, Home Life Magazine. Styled by Paige Anderson

 

What do you find inspires you the most?

All sorts of creative people, especially the stylists and clients I work with and the people I photograph.

I love when people have big ideas and they make them happen.

I like to look at the work of photographers who do very different work to my own, whether in style or subject matter. I’m always inspired by nature and like to get out of the city whenever possible. I watch loads of documentaries, and I listen to podcasts while processing images.

 

How do you describe your style?

I think it’s always evolving… I love the effective use of colour, minimalist style, clean lines but an overall warm and natural feel.

 

Looking at all of the work you have done since leaving PSC, what has been the most rewarding part of your career?

Having my work published in magazines is always exciting. Shooting my first couple of travel stories last year was wonderful too; I covered Bali for International Traveller Magazine and Norfolk Island for Australian Traveller Magazine.

I feel lucky to have watched some of my clients grow their businesses – from initial ideas and dreams to running their businesses full time. Being a part of that journey is really special.

The fact I am working for myself full time is incredibly rewarding and I feel very fortunate.

 

 

What advice would you give to current PSC students or people thinking of enrolling at PSC?

Make the most of your time being surrounded by other students and tutors, ask for feedback, accept that you will make mistakes, and pay attention in your business subjects!

 

 

See more of Annette’s work

 

Annette O’Brien, Ivy Muse. Styled by Alana Langan