How To Grow as a Creative Person: Introducing Darren Tan

Self Portraits - Introducing Darren Tan

Self Portraits – Introducing Darren Tan

Darren Tan moved to Melbourne from Singapore 3 years ago to do his undergraduate in graphic design at RMIT. After graduating, he realised his heart was more in photography and aspired to continue further studies in a discipline he actually loved and wanted a career in.

“I came to the final year exhibition at PSC in 2015 and felt that the work was really impressive. I’ve just completed the first semester, and even after doing some photography of my own over the years before joining PSC, I’m amazed at how many new things I’ve been learning in every class. It has been a great six months.”

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Darren Tan

Darren was always drawn to the multifaceted nature of photography, as an art. He would previously attend live gigs and concerts to photograph bands. After being exposed to different shooting environments at PSC, his skill-set has broadened and now he can conduct his own photoshoots in the studio, as well as on location.

“Being in an environment where everyone else is a photographer really helps as you’re surrounding yourself with like-minded people who speak the same language as you. This forces you to grow as a creative person.”

Apart from studying with a strong class of passionate creatives, Darren has been deeply inspired by the artists introduced to him in his course. He has found a new sense of joy in studying the work of others, taking the time to think about each photograph and writing about his discoveries. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images and don’t spend more than half a second looking at each one, concentrating on the subject matter, technique, intention and style of each artist he studies about, has made a huge impact on how he views the world.

“Since being at PSC, my understanding of photography has changed. I used to think it was all about making pretty pictures, but now I see photography so differently. The camera feels like an extension of my mind and my images are becoming more autobiographical, it’s like I’m making sense of the world around me.”

Image by Darren Tan selected as a finalist for the Bowness Photography Prize 2016

Image by Darren Tan selected as a finalist for the Bowness Photography Prize 2016

Darren was recently selected as a finalist for the Bowness Photography Prize, which will open up into an exhibition on 1st September. He was surprised to be chosen, especially since his submission was in a genre of photography he never extensively worked with before. Fine art photography has become Darren’s passion at PSC and has spurred him to develop a range of ideas that are largely autobiographical and that touch upon significant questions he has asked himself during his life. His selection at the Bowness has therefore been very encouraging. Darren yearns to have his photography shown to the public as much as possible, as he feels that growth and development happens as a result of receiving constructive feedback. Getting used to this process at PSC has been another highlight for Darren.

“I enjoy the smaller class sizes as I get to have a lot of one-on-one time with lecturers. Thanks to this high level of interaction, I get more feedback which has been important in developing my art and getting my work noticed.”

We are happy that Darren found a sense of belonging at PSC and is showing great potential in the field of photography. At PSC, our strong creative community provides a great springboard for those who wish to excel in visual communications and gain recognition for their unique styles. For more information, visit us at our PSC Open Day on 14 August and learn about our degree, diploma and certificate programs.

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Darren Tan

From Bendigo to Melbourne: Featuring Bella Johnson

Bella Johnson is currently in her third year of the Bachelor Program. Originally from Bendigo (Victoria), she was encouraged to learn photography at PSC by her year 12 teacher who considered the courses here to be the best in the industry. Upon visiting our campus with two other friends from Bendigo, Bella was awe-inspired by the work on display around our buildings and loved the friendliness of staff, as well as students.

Image by Bella Johnson

Image by Bella Johnson

Joining PSC was the obvious choice for Bella who knew that her passion for image making would take her on an exciting journey. She commuted from Bendigo to the Melbourne CBD for 6 months before moving to the eclectic neighbourhood of Brunswick, and has since centred her focus around photojournalism, which is her chosen major.

‘I’ve always blurred the line between art and documentary photography. The idea of travelling always fascinated me, as a result I now regard lifestyle-travel photography as a genre to work towards.’

Bella was one of the lucky students to attend the Obscura Photo Festival (Penang) last year, as part of her learning at PSC which enables 2nd year students in the Bachelor Program to participate in the global dialogue of photography, while they meet international photographers. Along with her travels around the eastern coast of Australia, Bella enjoys capturing life in forlorn places as well as the spontaneous moments enjoyed by Melbourne’s youth.

Image by Bella Johnson

Image by Bella Johnson

Bella feels more connected to the work she produces through analog photography, which makes her style distinct. She usually works with digital photography for her clients – one of which is ‘Don’t Flop’ Australia, the country’s first rap battle performance company that features artists from America and the U.K. She was also a silver award winner at the Epson AIPP Victoria State Awards this year.

‘My style has definitely evolved since being here. The teaching staff couldn’t be much better than the ones at PSC. I’m currently learning photojournalism from Katrin Koenning – who is amazing. At PSC the great thing is that you’re learning from those who have really successful careers in photography.’

We look forward to seeing the growth of Bella’s work and welcome you to our PSC Open Day on 14 August, where you’ll have the chance to meet Bella. You can ask her questions about what it’s like to study at PSC and start your life as a photographer. Find out more about our Bachelor Program and credit transfers: http://psc.edu.au/full_time.html 

Taylor on The Benefits of Joining our Bachelor Pathway Program

Taylor Ferne Morris graduated with her Advanced Diploma in 2013 and has been winning numerous awards internationally, such as the Top prize in Studio Photography at the Your Move Exhibition/Awards (2015)(USA), 5th Place overall at The International Loupe Awards. ‘Illustrative category’ (2012) as well as silver awards at this international competition and at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in the same year. Taylor’s work has been featured in publications such as Dance Magazine (New York), Dance Australia, Fashion Journal, Yen Magazine, Home Living and Home Lifestyle. After travelling to New York for various professional assignments, in 2015 Taylor decided to come back to PSC to enrol in our Bachelor Pathway Program, to further enhance her skills while getting a more comprehensive qualification, which is something she realised she needed after working in the industry.

As a result of completing her Bachelor Pathway Program, Taylor produced, filmed, directed and edited this short video:

Taylor is ready to take on new projects for her clients and we are proud of her achievements – not only as a student or graduate of PSC, but also as a integral team member. You can meet Taylor at our PSC Open Day and find out more about our part time photography Bachelor Pathway Program here.

 

 

How To Break Into Professional Photography: Tim Allen

“I’m very proud of myself for all the time and effort I put into my work, it’s really starting to shaping my craft.”

– Tim Allen

Shortlisted for the Bowness photography Prize, from Tim's series 'Moving'

Shortlisted for the Bowness photography Prize, from Tim’s series ‘Moving’

Recently announced as a finalist for the Bowness Photography Prize, Tim Allen is a proud and accomplished graduate of the Advanced Diploma with a commercial major at PSC. He took a moment to tell us about what he’s currently doing and how the opportunity came about:

I currently work for an Aerial Photography company based in Oakleigh. The opportunity came about while I was attending PSC Part Time. I received an email from the PSC employment registry about the position of a Full Time Aerial Photographer in a company that is heavily involved in the real estate & construction industries. My role is quite exciting, as it involves me being out in the field on shoots and editing photographs as well as videos during post production. It was initially challenging to pursue full time work and part time study but I was determined to make it happen.

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My interest in aerial photography began a year prior to getting full time work. A housemate of mine at the time was studying to become a pilot. He wanted to fly, I wanted to take photos. So we ventured off together and I ended up shooting my entire ‘Terra Firma‘ series. The prints were presented in class for my 2nd year final folio submission, which I then used again a few months later for my job interview.

Tim plans to continue documenting his journey on film & digital wherever he travels. We are proud of him and look forward to seeing him grow even more in the field! Follow him on Instagram @timallenphoto and see more of his work. To find out more about our Advanced Diploma program, click here. We are also having a new intake for our part time courses on the 29 July, so feel free to check out our options!

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Jason Bran-Cinaed on Exploring Photography in the Bachelor Pathway

Jason Bran- Cinaed has recently completed his Bachelor Pathway Program at PSC, submitting his final folio assessment last month. He is currently in the process of developing his work for the upcoming exhibition Pathways’ with his classmates in the Photography collective, Project 17.

As a way of celebrating his time at PSC, we asked Jason a few questions about his experience of studying with us:

Why did you decide to enrol in the Bachelor Pathway at PSC?

I had my eye on the bachelor degree from the time I signed up for the Advanced Diploma back in 2011. For me, it was not just about getting the required education around the practical skills and conceptual development of photography, but an education in the broader art work and how photography fits as a medium and craft.

Image by Jason Bran - Cinaed

Image by Jason Bran – Cinaed


If you were to pick one thing, which stood out for you in terms of the overall experience, what would that be?

The freedom to experiment and explore. 

During the Advance Diploma I was really focused on developing my skills for the commercial world. However, while I was doing a Commercial major in my final year, I began to shift toward a more commercial/artistic focus in my images. This is where I found myself really beginning to grow and flourish as a photographer and engaging with what I was creating. My head, my heart and my eyes were finally aligned.

So when I began the Pathway I made a very conscious decision not to limit my vision and creativity. I allowed myself (and was encouraged by my tutor Kate Robertson) the freedom to explore and experiment with different ideas, processes and styles. Having an entire year to conceptualise, create and evolve a body of work is a completely different experience to the Advanced Diploma.  Therefore, it’s so important to give yourself the freedom of experimentation and exploration so that you gain the most from the time.

Image by Jason Bran - Cinaed

Image by Jason Bran – Cinaed

What was the most rewarding achievement/learning development that you are taking away from this experience?

As a mature-age student with little formal education and no real arts background, I found the academic elements of the Pathway to be equally challenging and rewarding. 

However, creating an incredibly challenging and deeply personal body of work, of which I am proud and excited to be showing as part of an upcoming exhibition at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, has been the highlight of the past 5 and a half years.

Image by Jason Bran - Cinaed

Image by Jason Bran – Cinaed

What motivation/reason would you give current students that are considering enrolling in the 2016 Bachelor Pathway?

If you are looking for an academic challenge, combined with an opportunity to put the skills and knowledge gained during your Advanced Diploma into practice, then this is the path for you. The beauty of this Pathway is that you’re never sure where it will lead you, but the more you put in, the more rewarding the journey will be.


We look forward to seeing more of Jason’s photography as he progresses in the field. The PSC community is glad to play a role in deepening the interest and enriching the portfolio of those who are passionate about photography. To find out more about how you can further advance your skills and understanding in the art, feel free to see more details about our Bachelor Pathway Program.

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.

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Joanne Cripps

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.

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Elaine Batton

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.

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Mia McDonald

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.

Working on Personal Expression with Clytie Meredith

Clytie Meredith has finished her first semester at PSC as a part time student. She enjoyed a wonderful folio assessment last week, where a range of her work was showcased to her class and tutors. Her series from the past six months were critiqued and admired by the group; as she displayed a wonderful ability to define her style with a well-developed technical skill set. We took a moment to interview her, in order to find out about how she handled her ‘Personal Expression’ folio, and why she decided to join PSC.

Image by Clytie Meredith

Image by Clytie Meredith

‘Craig gave our class an assignment which was to find an object and photograph it in ten different ways. This was part of our weekly exercise and it really taught me about the power of seeing and capturing things in unique ways. I had so much fun doing this. What was helpful was that we were given guidelines as well as the freedom to experiment and explore the different skills we learnt in class – such as slow shutter speeds and long exposures. It was challenging at times, but worth it as I learnt to shoot in manual settings for the first time. I achieved great results, so I’m really proud.’

 

Image by Clytie Meredith

Image by Clytie Meredith

‘I’ve always been interested in photography I wanted to explore the art more and develop skills for it. I met someone who studied at PSC and really loved the experience. After looking at a few other places, I came to PSC for a tour and had a short interview with the wonderful people who work here. I loved the photography I saw on the walls of the campus and liked the environment. I just got inspired by everything!’

Image by Clytie Meredith

Image by Clytie Meredith

‘I’m a full-time mother of three children. As my children are getting older, I wanted to do something that was going to benefit my family and myself. I feel that I’m setting a good example for my children by being creative. This is something I value and want them to value as well.’

Image by Clytie Meredith

Image by Clytie Meredith

We are inspired by Clytie’s brilliant folio and words. To share an experience as remarkable as hers, feel free to join our next intake that will be commencing on July 4. Click here to enrol.

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.

How Pier Carthew is Taking on the Fashion Industry

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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.

Featuring International Student, Charlotte Vignau

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Meet Charlotte Vignau, our second year Bachelor Degree student who has joined us all the way from Toulouse, France! She is a valuable part of our growing cluster of international students who have chosen to study photography in our award winning institution.

Here’s a snapshot of why Charlotte enjoys being at PSC and living in Melbourne:

‘I enjoy everything at PSC. I feel that there’s a real space for creativity at this college, and the teachers really work hard to put us on the path we want to be on as photographers.’

Image by Charlotte Vignau, from her current folio series

Image by Charlotte Vignau, from her current folio series

‘I fell in love with Melbourne on my first visit. I really love the artistic, young and energetic ambience of the city. When I came to look at PSC I decided that learning photography from the school would be my aim for moving to Melbourne. My favourite place here is Sandringham Beach – I love the rough landscape of the cliffs by the sea. I also really like Fitzroy, as there’s always something nice to find there.’

Charlotte is currently working on her first folio submission at PSC. Her series is inspired by the story of Medusa and makes use of high-quality concepts to portray her perspective on the mythology. Charlotte’s creativity follows a detailed work process, involving research and planning. We admire her style and wish her all the best for the coming weeks!

How Charlotte plans her shoots

How Charlotte plans her shoots

Behind the scenes with Charlotte at the studio

Behind the scenes with Charlotte at the studio

We love having Charlotte in the PSC family and look forward to sharing more updates about her work and journey. To find out more information about learning with us, visit our website.