Graduate Update – Amy Paton

An integral part of our students learning at PSC is developing the skills needed for real work opportunities and creating networks within the photography industry. It’s great to be able to share their stories and see them rewarded for their efforts out there in the industry!

Photojournalism graduate Amy Paton has just started working for the Warrnambool Standard and shares her experiences below.

Amy Paton

My name is Amy Paton, a 2015 graduate of PSC having just completed the Advanced Diploma of Photography, Photojournalism Specialisation.

I found out about the jobs at Fairfax through my Photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman and another photojournalist (who happens to also be a former graduate of PSC) who was good enough to pass on that Fairfax Regional had positions available. I immediately applied, was lucky enough to go along to an interview and got the job!

I started at the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper in June, having moved down from Melbourne and into a share house just off the main street, very close to the office. So, a tree and sea change plus a new job all together!

I’ll eventually be one of three photographers at the paper. As part of my job, I get a new iPhone 6 and a laptop for work purposes!

It’s a 0.8 of a full time position, perfect for me. I will be working four days a week, including two weekends on and then one weekend off.

Every day at 9am we have a staff meeting to bounce ideas around for that day and assign tasks. Apparently I’m welcome to contribute to that meeting, but I may just watch for the first few until I settle in.

After the meeting I go out, shoot a few different jobs, come back to the office to edit and file… then I can head home.   Sometimes I edit and file on location instead of going back to the office – the convenience of technology.

There’s a lot of editorial work, so environmental portraits, light on location and such – glad I learnt all about that at PSC! They asked me in the interview if I was okay with seeing death and other disturbing scenes, so it’s likely I’ll eventually be sent out to cover the breaking news.  

As part of my role, I also have the opportunity to write some articles to go with my photography. The Write for Publication unit we did last year as part of the Photojournalism Specialisation will come in handy!

There will be a lot of sport to cover with the Warrnambool Standard so I’m grateful for the experience I gained with my folio on Northern Blues VFL football club! [Amy’s 2014 Photojournalism folio was about a suburban VFL football club]

Future plans are to try to pitch a review of a big music festival I’m attending in a month, see if I can get a media pass and some photos I can use too!  Otherwise… watch this space!

Call for Papers

001

Submissions are invited for the second symposium organised by Photography Studies College and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, on the theme of ‘Borderless Futures: Reimaging the Citizen’. The symposium will be held in Ballarat on Saturday 29 August 2015.

In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images.

Subjects may include:

  • Indigenous image-making and identity
  • migration, families, and communities
  • art as utopian model
  • citizen journalism and other new approaches to the documentary genre
  • the politics of social media and new media
  • the stateless photographer
  • photobooks as global artefacts
  • any topic concerned with the transmission of images and texts across societies, past and present

We are inviting papers and presentations of creative projects. We also intend to have a special ‘discursive’ session dedicated to discussion of papers made available online beforehand, as an alternative to the conventional symposium paper format. Proposals are welcome from creative practitioners, researchers, and postgraduate students working across all aspects of the arts, including photography, multimedia, performance, and writing.

Please send a title and an abstract of 200 words, or detailed expressions of interest for a 15–20 minute presentation, indicating your institutional affiliation or independent status, and whether you would prefer to be in a ‘discursive’ session, to symposium@psc.edu.au by 24 June.

Internship Opportunity at The Northsider

Rod Ceballos, Photo Editor of The Northsider, visited the Photojournalism majors class last week to outline a new internship program specifically aimed at photography students.

The Northsider is a print and online community newspaper serving Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs and under the program, two final-year students will be selected for six-month internships involving one or two assignments a month. The students will work closely with Rod and other members of the publication’s editorial staff, and will also be given an opportunity to develop a photo essay on a topic of their choice which will be published during their time at the paper.

Rod Ceballos_The Northsider

Rod Ceballos outlining details of the program with PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman

This is just one of the many exciting opportunities our students have to use their skills in a real world context. Check out our YouTube page to find out more about an internship students undertook with The Age.

The Images Makers – Richard White

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 26 June 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our Image Makers seminar with Richard White.

Richard_White

Richard White has been described as someone who walks in the footsteps of Ansel Adams. His black and white images have a timeless and evocative quality about them. For the past 16 years Richard has produced a large-format black & white calendar on The High Country of Australia. Although primarily known for his work around this area, Richard’s career has taken him far and wide. Richard has been a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography for the past 30 years and is also a Master of Photography. In 2010 he was awarded the AIPP’s highest honour, A Fellow of the Institute.

For the past 21 years Richard has run photographic workshop in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. Richard speaks and lectures regularly at photographic conventions and art photography forums. His black & white prints are predominantly produced in the darkroom from large format negatives, a process that continues to be an ongoing passion.

This is a free event however numbers are strictly limited. Bookings are required and can be made online via Eventbrite.

Emmanuel Santos visits PSC

Emmanuel Santos visited PSC yesterday and spoke with PIC students in the Advanced Diploma about developing a personal photographic language. He showed them how his own work had evolved from a traditional documentary approach to a more constructed one. He spoke passionately about this need to create work about a collective humanity and showed students the link between what he had done in the past and how that helped to shape what he does today.

Emmanuel reminded students to always attend to the present moment with everything we have, because we can never know to what amazing places it may take us, both visually and geographically. Thanks Emmanuel for your inspiring talk and an important reminder about the need for photographers to be passionate and confident in their unique way of seeing the world.

IMG_0072

Photojournalism Update – Tales By Light

Last week Canon and the National Geographic Channel came to Melbourne to launch Tales by Light, a new television series featuring four Australian photographers along with American nature and vanishing-cultures specialist, Art Wolfe.

Students from PSC’s Photojournalism major joined about 150 other guests at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne to watch a preview of the series and meet four of the five featured photographers – Australians Darren Jew, Peter Eastway and Richard I’Anson, plus Art Wolfe, who flew in specially for the event from his home base on the west coast of the US.

The series follows the on-location adventures of each photographer as they pursue their specialties in locations from India to Tonga, Ethiopia and Antarctica.

The first of six episodes premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday May 24 at 8:30PM. A preview can be seen online.

HS2015_1571-1

The Photographers (from left to right):

Abraham Joffe is a Canon Master Cinematographer and produced, directed and shot Tales by Light in stunning 4K video.

Darren Jew is one of the world’s leading marine photographers. Clients include Tourism Australia, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the CSIRO.

Art Wolfe has photographed for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. Photographing creatures of the planet has been a major portion of Art’s life’s work spanning the past five decades. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.”

Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography best known for his exquisite landscape work. He has embraced digital post-production to take a leading role in creating a new tradition of landscape photography. Peter’s work is published and exhibited internationally.

Richard I’Anson is an acclaimed travel photographer, founder of Lonely Planet Images and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography. He has photographed in nearly 100 countries across all seven continents and his work is featured in literally hundreds of book titles worldwide.

Krystle Wright (not pictured) is a pioneering extreme sports photographer, driven by a passion to capture unique perspectives and increase the visibility of the most extreme sports, including free-diving, high-altitude paragliding and BASE jumping.

PJclass_TalesBy Light_PSC blog

PSC students Blake Storey, Ashleigh Wong, Bianca Chisari (front row) Peter Williams, Catherine Grey, Bill Bachman (PJ Coordinator), Daniel Pockett, Adrianne Harrowfield, Shing Chia, Amanda Shackleton, Adam Kemp, Jordan Bailey (standing)

The Image Makers – Ross Coulter

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Southbank
Friday 29 May 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our Image Makers seminar with Ross Coulter.

Ross

Ross Coulter is an artist who uses photography, video, sculpture and painting in his practice. He explores notions of levity and gravity through poetic gestures.

As the 2010 – 2011 Georges Mora Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria he released 10,000 paper planes into the Domed Reading Room. He is currently constructing a photographic archive titled “Audience” that involves photographing an audience gathered in a gallery in which there is no art, watching a performance that doesn’t exist.

Ross has participated in exhibitions and residencies both in Australia and internationally and has been the recipient of a number of grants and prizes including the Keith & Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, the Australian Postgraduate Award, Arts Victoria (Creation) and from the City of Melbourne. He completed a BFA with Honours (Photography) (2004-2007) and a Masters of Fine Art (2012-2013) at VCA. He is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary.

This is a free event however numbers are strictly limited. Bookings are required and can be made online via Eventbrite.

PSC Graduation 2015

Congratulations to all our students who graduated last Friday 1 May! We had a fantastic evening at ACMI celebrating the class of 2014 with their family and friends, mentors and industry guests.

Dr Robin Williams delivered a great keynote address and we enjoyed hearing from students Kylie Thomson and Cyndi Briggs about their PSC experiences.

Special thanks to sponsors – AIPP, ACMP, Kayell, Adobe, Exetel, Sally Brownbill, Sun Studios, Irwin & McLaren, Borge’s Imaging Photoflex, Heartfelt and Illford for their contributions towards the awards.

image007

PSC Award for excellence in the Art Major: Rochelle Seator

PSC Award for excellence in the Commercial Major: Vesna Obradovic

image005

PSC Award for excellence in the Photojournalism Major: Daniel O’Neill

image006

 

PSC Award for creativity and great potential in photography: Donna Fraser

Peter Petty Memorial Award for technical and aesthetic excellence in landscape photography: Yang Lui

AIPP Award for conceptual excellence & photographic innovation: Trent Pace

ACMP Award for excellence throughout the course: Katrina Watson

Kayell Award for commitment & outstanding achievement: Marion Abada

Adobe Award for determination and mastery of skills: Salona Chithiray

Exetel Award for creativity and originality: Karina Miriklis

Sally Brownbill Award for great potential in commercial photography: Sean McDonald

Sun Studios Award for demonstrating perseverance and significant accomplishment: Ailsa Fox

Irwin & McLaren Award for excellence in documentary photography: Andrew Hardy

Borge’s Imaging Photoflex Award for consistent application and commitment: Anthony Basheer

Heartfelt Award for using photography skills to make a difference: Melissa Davis

Ill ford Award for best folio prints: Cyndi Briggs

 

Book Awards: Tania Gioffre, Gregory Briggs, Emily Loughnan, Odette Maillard, Jade Taylor, Emma Rose, Ivan Biscan, Caitlin Lutton, Alison Broadbent, Rose Ayliffe & Sophie De Wit

PSC Photojournalism Students Cover ANZAC Day

A recent intensive series of lessons in multimedia news production culminated in an exciting challenge for PJ Major students on ANZAC Day. Up well before daylight and working in teams of two, twelve final year students covered commemorative services and activities in the CBD, Port Melbourne, Northcote, Upwey, Box Hill and Williamstown. Later in the morning the action shifted to DigiLab 2 at PSC, where video footage, stills and audio were edited and handed over to Fairfax Senior Video Editor Tom McKendrick, who published a combined five-minute package to The Age website  that afternoon. Tutors involved in the multimedia classes and workshop were PJ Major Coordinator Bill Bachman, freelance multimedia specialist Rodney Dekker, Tom McKendrick and PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne.

The finished product can be seen on the Age website.

Bill with Ashleigh Wong and Cath Grey, Box HIll RSL, Melbourne, 25 April 2015 -

Photojournalism Coordinator Bill Bachman with Ashleigh Wong and Cath Grey at Box Hill RSL Club following the dawn service.

 

Students Learn to Communicate Without Speech

Working as a photographer often requires the use of body and sign language to help create rapport and communicate successfully. This is especially true when working with people who don’t speak the same language as us or with people with a disability. In both cases it is not sufficient to use only speech as a tool for communication.

In a workshop run by Erin Levesque from Milparinka, second year Advanced Diploma students learn what it feels like not be able to use speech to communicate. They followed this experience with exercises on how to use sign language and gesture to help overcome such communication barriers.

This workshop was part of a subject called: ‘Establish Photographer/Client Relations.’ In this subject students learn, through practice and theory, about how to successfully fulfill a brief. They do so by being paired with non-for-profit organisations in their community. This often requires students working with people with disability or people with English as their second language. There is also an emphasis on social documentary photography and the importance of empathy and communication in practicing as a social documentary photographer.

Milprinkia_Erin_PIC_FIN

Images L-R: Flo experiencing what it feels like to try and communicate with Bianca without using speech; Erin introducing the Makaton sign cards for students to communicate with each other; the different gestures and their meaning; Erin talking about how sign language relates to photography; Harrison, Laura and Justice performing a clap as used by the deaf population; Roland (teacher) presenting his sign language sentence; Harrison presenting his sentence.