Featuring Jo-Anne Cripps

Jo Anne Cripps was recently given an honourable mention by the 9th International Color Awards (LA) for her photograph in the abstract category. This is an amazing accomplishment for Jo, as the category saw a total of around 5700 submissions! She has also been titled as the finalist for the landscape category in the Head On Photography festival and won two silver awards at the Epson AIPP Victoria State Awards, this year.

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps

 

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, taken at Bingalong Bay, Tasmania

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, taken at Bingalong Bay, Tasmania

Jo-Anne made the decision of quietening down her own business as a legal conveyancer to pursue her passion for photography, within a year of being at PSC. She did have bouts of self doubt, wondering if she had taken ‘too drastic a step’€“ but she knew that if she hadn’€™t applied to the bachelor program with us, she would have regretted it all her life:

“It’€™s about stepping out of that familiar zone where you know everything and follow a routine everyday. For the first time in my life I’€™m doing something that I really want to do; not because I have to do it. I’€™m surrounded by students of varied ages, who are my friends, my support system that I collaborate with at and outside of college.”€

Jo-Anne believes that her sense of maturity has been an important aspect in giving her the freedom to immerse herself in photography.

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps from her series 'Threigl Amser - Passage of Time'

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps from her series ‘Threigl Amser – Passage of Time’

 

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, selected as a Finalist by Viewbug in the 'Celebrating Fashion' competition

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, selected as a Finalist by Viewbug in the ‘Celebrating Fashion’ competition

Now in her third year at PSC, she has a deeper understanding of how her work communicates with audiences, thanks to the constant critiquing she has received in her classes. She was initially daunted by this process, but since shedding her apprehensions she has noticed that her work has evolved considerably. The result of her personal and creative development with the art has made her more confident in submitting work to competitions;€“ something she never really thought she would do.

“Competitions are great platforms for getting your work seen and critiqued by amazing professionals. Thanks to being at PSC I also realised that when I work with concepts I love, it shows in my work and the results are gratifying. It’s not about taking ‘pretty€™ pictures’, it’€™s about building bodies of work that are meaningful.”

Jo-Anne is currently developing her series called ‘€˜Colours of Australia’€™, which will take her travelling all over the country. She describes this as a playful series , quite different to her other project which is about the ‘Stolen Generation’€™- a personal subject which she’€™s extremely connected to. The inspiration for this project is her adopted brother, someone who has and will continue to inspire her.

Image by Jo Anne Cripps, from her first folio series at PSC

Image by Jo Anne Cripps, from her first folio series at PSC

“I’€™ve found something I want to do for the rest of my life;€“ as well as the impetus to do it.”

Jo-Anne advises people to think about what is really important to them rather than always focusing on what’s expected of them by others. She feels that if people followed their dreams, they will  be pleasantly surprised by the support from their loved ones. She urges us to ‘€˜take the plunge’€™ and see what’€™s out there.

As for her preferences shooting locations, Jo-Anne loves the rugged and rough conditions of South Island, New Zealand. She loves the peace and isolation in such places, because it gives her a lot of inspiration.

An image of Jo-Anne, working in her favourite environment.

An image of Jo-Anne, working in her favourite environment.

Her goals are to take a year off to develop her personal photography projects, before doing her masters, as she aims to teach in the near future. Jo-Anne’€™s tips for photographers are to put cameras on manual and stick with it, and go out to a variety of locations no matter what the weather has in store for them:

“Do everything you possibly can when you shoot, and let your style come through!”

Learn more about our courses here and follow Jo-Anne Cripps on her Instagram profile for updates @joceephotography .

Elma Gradascevic’s Plans for Photography

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Recently completing her Advanced Diploma (art major) in December 2015, Elma Gradascevic keeps herself busy with photography, after PSC. Working in the HR industry for more than 20 years, Elma decided to learn photography part time so that she had a creative outlet that she could express herself with. Essentially, she wanted a life change that would make her more fulfilled.

After conquering the challenge of building her technical skills within the first few months at PSC, Elma discovered a newfound ability to produce creative projects within short deadlines.

Image by Elma Grad

Image by Elma Gradascevic

“I never thought I had it within me to be so creative week after week and deliver results for each assignment – I surprised myself!”
– Elma Gradascevic

Making the most of the business unit our students take during their final semester, Elma constructed a solid business plan, combining her passion for photography and fashion. She is now following that through with her own venture of printed scarves – using her photography. She’s also developing a series called ‘Rodeo’ based on the community at Lang Lang and Stony Creek, Victoria. Quite varied from her usual focus, which is art and fashion photography (a style which she recently exhibited in the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre), Elma’s Rodeo series shows her varied range of subject matter.

Image by Elma Grad, from 'Rodeo'

Image by Elma Gradascevic, from ‘Rodeo’

 

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Image by Elma Gradascevic

 

This series will soon be published as a photobook; a medium which has been Elma’s latest inspiration as she currently manages the Boyd Studios (Southbank) – the same venue that hosted the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive.

APPA showcase at the Boyd Studios. image by Elma Grad)

APPA showcase at the Boyd Studios. image by Elma Gradascevic)

Elma produced her own photobook (titled ‘Sarajevo Roses’) last year as part of her digital class assignment with teacher Nic Kocher. She plans to revisit this photobook and work on it more, in the long run. The class gave her the confidence and skills to pursue her own personal book assignment after leaving PSC.

“I think photobooks are a wonderful way of sharing our images and stories. It is becoming a growing industry.”

'A DIY photobook manual and manifesto by Bruno Ceschel' - photography taken by Elma Gradascevic

‘A DIY photobook manual and manifesto by Bruno Ceschel’ – photography taken by Elma Gradascevic

PSC is driven to make students independent thinkers in the field of photography; encouraging them to expand their skills and self-publish to get their projects seen by the wider public. Under the guidance of Daniel Boetker-Smith (course director), our 2nd and 3rd year students have created their own photography books which are promoted and showcased during exhibitions – such as the upcoming NGV Art Book Fair (April 29 – May 1). Our students will be setting up their booth, where they will be selling photobooks created by students from our college.

Elma attended the NGV Book Fair last year and was awestruck. She bought her first ever photobook at the event and looks forward to this year’s showcase:

“I was overwhelmed by the variety and styles of the NGV Book Fair last year and cannot wait to go again this year, especially now, to see some of the students’ books on display.”

The Boyd Studios still hosts an eclectic collection of photobooks published by distinguished students and professional  photographers alike. Elma Gradascevic is enjoying her time managing this space every Friday (11am – 5pm) and still visits PSC, as teachers and staff members are always happy to give advice. This is one thing that Elma feels proud about, the fact that the campus is accessible to students and graduates as a creative hub, where they can still rely on their peers and mentors as they hone their talents in photography.

For more information about studying with us, visit our website. You can also follow Elma’s Instagram channel to keep up with her amazing photography: @elmagrad.

 

Student Feature: Mathew Molloy

Our inspiring feature for the weekend is Mathew Molloy, our Advanced Diploma student in Stage 3. Mathew’s work largely revolves around themes related to liberation from anxiety and freedom. He is a fine art and fashion photographer who develops images that speak about ‘the power and beauty of emotion that exists throughout our being.’

Image by Mathew Molloy

Image by Mathew Molloy

Here is a little Q/A with Mathew:

Describe your first impression of PSC:

I was so blown away by the students’ work hanging on the walls on that first Open Day.

What do you like most about PSC?

I would have to say that it put me in an environment where I was surrounded by like minded people, all heading towards the same goal. 

Image by Mathew Molloy

Image by Mathew Molloy

What is your favourite class and why?

Studio. I love working in the studio where I am free to manipulate the light towards the outcome I am after. 

How different is your photography and conceptual skill now, compared to the first week of the course?

My photography is now at a stage where I have the confidence to shoot anything for any client.

What’s your dream job? Where do you hope to be ten years from now?

I am fortunate enough to have some good clients at the moment, but I would love to gain some more international clients. I hope to have a great international clientele allowing me to work all over the world. 

What advice would you give to future students?

Be brave in the concepts that you are going to produce. You will not standout from the crowd if you are going to base your work on concepts or styles that have been done time and again. Work hard to find and refine your own photography style, that way you will be much more comfortable with the work you produce. 

Image by Mathew Molloy

Image by Mathew Molloy

Daniel Pockett Photographs Australian Open for Getty Images

Daniel Pockett, part time student of the Advanced Diploma course, was given an opportunity of a lifetime with the prestigious Getty Images. He was assigned to cover The Australian Open of 2016, getting full access to every corner of selected venues. Previously with Getty (earlier in 2015), Daniel was given the chance to cover various other events such as ICC Soccer in June, MotoGP (in October), Big Bash Cricket (in December).

By Daniel Pocket

By Daniel Pockett

Capturing world class athletes (such as Federer) on court, Daniel was selected because of his impressive portfolio that was further enriched by the industry exposure he received while pursuing his photojournalism course at PSC. As he completed his last semester of studies in December last year, Daniel had the chance to be selected for an internship with The Age.

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Daniel Pockett for The Age

The Age

This opportunity comes about every year under PSC’s career -building initiative with Australia’s no. 1 news publication. During Daniel’s internship, his work was published several times in the past 8 weeks, giving him recognition like never before. Daniel has photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman to thank, as he believes that the opportunities at the turn of the year came about as a result of Bill’s encouragement and guidance.

By Daniel Pocket for Getty Images

By Daniel Pockett for Getty Images

As Daniel takes on more assignments with big names in the photography industry, he reflects on his time at PSC as being an awe-inspiring journey of 4 years that has allowed him to achieve the things he never thought he could. Daniel looks forward to the PSC Graduation Ceremony in May 2016, feeling proud of the fact that he was able to change his career from architectural drafting to professional photography, successfully.

Find out more about enrolling part time or full time at PSC here.

 

Anthony Basheer Gets Published Within Months of Graduating From PSC

Anthony Basheer for Belle Magazine

Anthony Basheer for Belle Magazine

Resembling a glamorous set of a classic Italian film, Anthony Basheer creates a timeless look with surreal lighting that showcases the decadent quality of the objects in the frame. His photographs clearly show us the power of layered storytelling; something that is rare and extremely important in commercial and creative industries today. Published in the most recent issue of Belle Magazine (the no.1 magazine in Australia for interior design), it is the first time that Anthony’s work has been featured in a periodical journal. Graduating from PSC with an Advanced Diploma in photography just in May 2015, this is a mammoth achievement.

Anthony received a significant amount of training from PSC, majoring in commercial photography as a part time student. According to him, this education allowed him to complete his shoot for Belle magazine with utmost ease and confidence.

 

Belle Magazine publishes Anthony Basher

Belle Magazine publishes Anthony Basheer

As magnificent as his images are, it is worthy to note that Anthony’s passion for photography emerged only recently. Working as a database analyst for twenty years, he found himself confronting the unhappiness he felt with his day-to-day routine. In search for a career change to do something more fulfilling, Anthony signed up for a graduate diploma in horticulture and almost went onto study landscape architecture, when he came across PSC. He had reached a crossroad in his life at this point. Spurred by the curiosity of photography, he took the leap and enrolled himself in something he had no prior experience with.

 

It was very exciting for me to join the college. I wanted to immerse myself with new knowledge. I started learning about basic art concepts and principles of design, before going on to experiment with light and colour… and the placement of objects. We were taught concepts that brought out our vision, purpose and style. It was remarkable to grow my understanding of this field along with a group of really supportive students.

 

Within the first few weeks of his first semester, Anthony learnt that photography was a rare mix of technical and artistic elements, something that truly complemented his personality. It was the perfect fit. Hailing from a family of business-minded people, this new direction was a surprise to him and to those who were close to him.

Anthony Basheer Shoots for Establishment Sudios, 2014

Anthony Basheer Shoots for Establishment Sudios, 2014

 

Anthony’s perspective transformed everyday while he was gaining an education in photography. Contrary to focusing on the ‘end result’, he realised that the process and journey of life was far more important to keep in mind, in order to be happy. His new outlook was a slight adjustment for the people in Anthony’s life, but they began to support his way of thinking when he proved that he could make a successful career out of simply doing what he loved.

 

I always wanted to do something different in life. I knew that changing my career to become a photographer was going to be a little difficult… Growing up in a family where no one was artistically inclined, I focused on conforming to the expectations of others and ended up working in a field that I had no passion for, just to please people. Now as a photographer, I’m glad to be on a journey that is meaningful and fulfilling.

Rippon Lea shoot. Anthony's assignment for National Trust of Victoria

Rippon Lea shoot. Anthony’s assignment for National Trust of Victoria

 

Being curious and inquisitive from childhood, Anthony continues to seek new stories with his photography. He is currently working with three different architects, recently completing an assignment for the National Trust of Victoria. Covering buildings of national importance and unearthing the heritage of Melbourne in his wonderful portfolio for the organisation, Anthony’s stunning work that captures the grandeur of Rippon Lea house and Gardens will be placed in brochures and promotional material for years to come. This is a grand honour for an emerging photographer whose work was also printed in The Age not too long ago.

 

Julie Wajs was a very influential teacher while I was at PSC. She helped me to define and create my portfolio in a way that caught the attention of people from the industry. She taught me the technique of crafting a story that could be woven into my photographs, giving my work substance. This allowed me to communicate my intent in a unique and clear manner to clients.

 

Working with the award winning architecture firm in Melbourne, MRTN Architects, Anthony was able to build his niche in architectural photography with his shoot for Trentham House. This allowed him to get noticed by the architecture and design circuit, winning him contacts who booked him for various projects such as: Mariner Lounge (for Melbourne City Council) and Beaumaris House (for Diana Scully) – just to name a few. Anthony is now on a path filled with countless assignments, enriching his career as a professional photographer. You can keep updated with his journey to see upcoming projects.

Anthony's Shoot for Trentham House (MRTN Architects) was published in The Age, 2015

Anthony’s Shoot for Trentham House (MRTN Architects) was published in The Age, 2015

I love to shoot interiors, gardens and architecture. The structure involved in the principles of design really intrigues me. In my photography, I aim to bring out the details of the spaces I shoot and layer it with my own style, with lighting techniques I learnt to finesse at PSC.

Anthony Basheer's earlier work.

An example of Anthony Basheer’s Early Photography Work

 

His advice for those who are breaking into the competitive industry of landscape and architectural photography is:

 

  • Find people whose work you love and approach them.
  • Immerse yourself in the area of photography that interests you. Be a part of these communities and get to know other people in the field.
  • Build and email your contact list in the last few months of your degree or diploma so you have assignments by the time you graduate.
  • Be persistent and regular with the people you contact; they often have opportunities for you after 3 to 6 months.
  • Know what you want to photograph before setting out your shoot.
  • Be prepared to put in a lot of work towards building your career as a professional photographer.
  • Be prepared to enjoy the life of adventure and freedom as a photographer.
Click to read more about Anthony Basher from Southbank Local News

Click to read more about Anthony Basheer

Australian Art Industry Shines the Spotlight on Another PSC Staff Member: Brie Trenerry

PSC Lecturer Brie Trenerry just presented her work ‘Total Field’ in a solo exhibition at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) in Adelaide, for an entire month from November to mid December.

Brie Tenery: Total Field Screen Installation at AEAF

Brie Trenerry: Total Field Screen Installation at AEAF

The AEAF has been dedicated to new breakthroughs in visual arts since 1974, by artists who wanted to bring about a new approach to art. Believing that art is experimental, reflecting life in certain ways that should be open to public criticism, the AEAF has exhibited works of only prominent artists who are making history with their work and styles. Their focus on research-driven projects that extend themselves to debates and movements in contemporary culture, signifies that Brie’s latest showcase was critical in the current art movement of Australia.

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Brie Trenerry has specialised in screen-based media since 2002, being a major exhibitor in festivals such as Westspace, White Night, Artspace and has grown her international presence at renowned galleries in cities like Santiago, New York, Berlin and London. Being the co-founder of Moonlight Cinema Adelaide and Kings ARI, Brie has taught video and post production at VCA and RMIT, before coming to PSC. Her project ‘Total Field’ has been described as an ‘experimental installation’ which makes use of cinematic elements. It looks at the relationship between the experience of moving images and altered states of consciousness. Involving concepts such as ‘vertical editing’, Brie experiments with the use of spatial montages and continuity.

Brie Tenerry's Installation at AEAF 2015

Brie Trenerry’s Installation at AEAF 2015

 

Having influential artists as part of our teaching cohort is one of the things that makes the PSC community so special.  This gives students an opportunity to learn from important game-changers in the field of visual arts as they journey into their own careers in photography.  As the nature of the photography industry becomes more technology driven and competitive, students at PSC are constantly encouraged to adapt to new concepts and create work that drives new trends.

PSC Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith Gets Chosen By Photo-eye USA

PSC’s Bachelor of Photography Course Director, Daniel Boetker Smith, has been chosen by Photo-eye USA to shortlist the best photobooks of 2015. Photo-eye is a prolific journal of international photography excellence and the world’s largest online photography bookstore, based in Santa Fe. For the past 6 years, Photo-eye has put together a multi-contributor list comprising a range of photographers to recommend their favourite books of the year. The hope is to increase awareness of new artists and to allow people in the photography community to discover and explore the published works of artists from around the world.
Daniel Boetker Smith at Fresh15

Daniel Boetker Smith at Fresh15

As most of you already know, Daniel has been the frontrunner of photobook promotions, being the director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive and the co-founder of the Photobook Melbourne Festival. He curates photobooks exhibitions and events internationally, for National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), Obscura Photo Festival (Malaysia), Aarhus (Denmark), Photo Ireland (Dublin), the Leica Centre (Washington DC) and RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco). Every year PSC Degree students are encouraged to publish their own photobooks for exhibition and presentation. For those who have attended the PSC End of Year Exhibition and more recently the graduate show Thirty One, you would have seen an extensive display of books created by our students.
Students and guests looking at photobooks at PSC's End of the Year Exhibition

Students and guests looking at photobooks at PSC’s End of the Year Exhibition

Photobooks are one of the trends in the current industry that allows students to express strong narratives and stories. At PSC we’re delighted to be at the forefront of this growing trend and excited to have the right people guiding our students in this domain.

‘A Country Big Enough to Disappear In’ – Katrin Koenning Gets Featured

Getting your work featured on the Festival Issue of Yen Magazine is a really big deal. Our teacher Katrin Koenning has made her mark with a profound series that tells you so much about the vastness and diversity of Australia, seen through the eyes of the German born artist.

Yen Magazine Cover Dec 2015

Yen Magazine Cover Dec 2015

 

Katrin has been creating waves this year with publications such as Times Magazine, and now to see her most recent project ‘A Country Big Enough to Disappear In’ highlighted by the arts community, we are nothing but proud of having such distinguished members like her in our teaching staff.

 

Image: Katrin Koenning

Image: Katrin Koenning

Our students learn about the integrity of having narrative in their work and know the power of developing their photography with dedication as well as passion. Thanks to Katrin Kenning, we get to see a new perspective of the space we live in. Read on to learn more about the inspiring photographer:

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We’re so excited about the possibilities of seeing more work featured of our staff and students. Industry exposure is important to us, especially as the field of photography gets more action packed!

CCP Salon 2015 is Accepting Entries Now!

PSC and the Print Shop are delighted to yet again sponsor the fashion prize for the CCP summer Salon.

The Centre for Contemporary Photography (one of Australia’s leading exhibition venues for photography) is hosting the biggest open-entry competition and exhibition for the CCP Salon 2015. Presented by Leica and Ilford, this event is celebrating its 23rd anniversary with promises of a huge  turnout. Calling out across Australia for submissions in photo media, entrants stand a chance to win awards worth up to $20,000 for over 29 categories and have their worked exhibited in a high-profile gallery.  Previous years have seen the CCP gallery flooded with spectators and participants alike on opening night, with visitors keen to take part in the bestowing of votes for the Crumpler People’s Choice award.

The Photography Studies College Best Fashion Work award, is particularly prestigious as winners receive $750 worth of printing services and consultation at the PSC Printshop. We look forward to hearing the winners announced and encourage our wonderfully talented students to partake in one of the biggest exhibition events of the year!

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Details for the CCP Salon:

Exhibition Dates:
Friday 27 November—Saturday 19 December 2015

Entries Close : Friday 6 November 2015, 6pm

Artwork to be delivered to CCP, printed and ready to install:
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015 between 9am—5:30pm

Exhibition opening and announcement of prize winners: 
Thursday 26 November 2015 6—8pm (exhibition opening) Wednesday 2 December 2015 (CCP online)

Entry Fees:

Student card holders / CCP members – $35 per entry
CCP non-members – $65 per entry
(Limit of six entries per artist)

Additionally, the CCP Salon will be running an Instagram competition where Instagrammers will be encouraged to upload posts that respond to one-word  theme prompts, including #diyccpsalon with each image. Follow @ccp_australia and @leica_australia to take part in this.

Student Profile – Daniel Pockett

Photojournalism Major student Daniel Pockett was one of the 3 finalists for the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year at the recent Australian Professional Photography awards (APPAs).  Taking home both Gold and Silver Distinction awards, and in the process one of the highest overall scores in Australia for a student, Daniel shares his experience with us below:

Initially I wanted to be a cinematographer (being a big film buff) and studied film & TV, but moving overseas meant I never got to finish that course.   Then around 2007 I was given my first decent camera and this prompted my move into stills.  

Out of all the genres I shoot, sport and music are the two I absolutely love working in. Being up so close to it all, and capturing the action as it unfolds as creatively as possible are the reasons I love it. It’s often an adrenaline rush, and chasing that ever-elusive perfect frame is what keeps drawing me back for more.
Australian Gymnastic Championships by Daniel Pockett

Since enrolling at PSC in mid-2011, my photography has gone from strength to strength. The theory and design classes early on, combined with digital and studio along the way, have really fleshed out my work and made me a photographer who can now confidently get the picture on any brief.  I also think the on-going support and regularly being around like-minded people really helps your work develop.

I’ve always had a visual eye with a background in Architectural Drafting – I guess it’s mainly shadows and shapes that I am drawn to.  In my second year of study at PSC (part-time) I started building my freelance business, and now in my final year at PSC I’ve given myself an enormous workload while I transition from my day-job into photography as my primary career. I have managed to pickup several clients including Getty Images, and even though in 2016 I won’t be working on PSC assignments any longer, I can see next year being even busier for me. My plan is to be able to drop the drafting job completely within the next 1-2 years.
St Kilda Sharks by Daniel Pockett
I didn’t get to watch the judging live at this year’s national APPAs – I was away on a shoot that weekend – but I did get to watch most of the replay. When the judges find reason to discuss your work it is always a great listen, they all know their stuff and I often take their feedback and apply it to my future work and will this year too.
When I realised I became runner up in the Australian Student of the Year category, I was completely blown away. Being in consideration for the award had honestly never crossed my mind, I just wanted to enter 3 different type of sports photos and see how I went against the best in the industry. In hindsight, I wish I had selected a different image for my 3rd entry but that’s history now and I am stoked with how I went! And to receive one of only 3 Gold awards handed out in the Sport category is something I’m also very proud of.
Having the experience from this year, I think in 2016 I will enter more of a ‘series’ than individual prints.  That will be in the Emerging Photographer category too – you never know how you will go so you have to give it a shot!
AAMI Park by Daniel Pockett
You can view more of Daniel’s work on his website:  www.pockettphoto.com