Feature Friday; Anne McCallum

Our feature story today is on Advanced Diploma of Photography student Anne McCallum who journeyed to Zambia in June to help promote conservation of wildlife. We sat down with Anne to speak about her experience.

Anne McCallum, 2017

How did you come to be involved in this trip?
Last year, my daughter and her friend came up with the idea to head to Zambia to make a short film about the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET). My daughter’s friend had been to Zambia with a school group about 4 years ago and was telling my daughter about the experience. This organisation runs groups within schools and into the communities promoting conservation.
I became involved when my daughter got a job in Iceland and couldn’t get time off to go to Zambia. The girls asked me if I would like to be involved and be part of the team.
Can you tell us about your experience?
What an amazing experience!   This was my first trip to Zambia, actually my first trip to Africa!  We travelled to a town called Mfuwe, which is right on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park.  This is one of the best National parks in Africa as it always has water – there are several natural springs, so the animals can live there all year round without having to do massive migrations to follow water.    Consequently there is a huge range and population of many animals species. Due to this there is a blossoming tourist industry which creates employment for the local people, however this leads to the need for education about caring for their environment and living sustainably (to keep the animals safe and encourage eco-friendly tourism). This is where CWET comes into play with their education and community programmes. The aim of the video is to show CWET at work and the importance of their contribution.
Some of the best moments while in Zambia, included the opportunity to actually go on drives into the National Park and see the animals in their natural environment. My biggest thrill would have to be seeing 3 leopards in one morning. We also had the joy of seeing giraffes and elephants just wandering by the side of the road, and one night we actually had a hippo in the garden of our lodge. Of course there are lots of vervet monkeys and baboons, if you happen to leave your room door unlocked they do like to get in and investigate everything. There is a now a monkey roaming around with a nice tinted moisturiser – not sure if it is the right colour for her.

Anne McCallum, 2017

What was it like getting an insight into the local culture? 
The local people are absolutely charming and so welcoming and the children extremely adorable and happy. Education is considered very important, but it is not always easy as both uniform and books have to be paid for and they are not always affordable. Another problem is that the children cannot move to the next grade without completing the current one. Some years they can’t afford to go to school so the classes end up being multi age groups which they all find quite acceptable and normal. Any student wishing to further their studies can’t do so without sponsorship.
In reflecting on your trip since you arrived back home, have you noticed a change in your perception? 
This was an amazing opportunity for me and I feel that I have gained insight into their community. I think the biggest question is how do we as a developed nation help a developing nation to develop, without making all the mistakes that we have made?? How can they skip the pollution problems, the diet and health problems and the conservation problems?
We hope that our video and photographs will help provide an insight into this community and maybe help solve some of the problems.
I would definitely love to be involved in other projects along this line!

‘Children playing with motion sensors for animals’, Anne McCallum, 2017

Feature Friday; Kadek Thatcher

For Friday August 4th, we are featuring final year Advanced Diploma Photojournalist major Kadek Thatcher.

Kadek Thatcher

How did you get into photography?
Well I originally wanted to be an actress but mum told me I wasn’t going to step out of high school and be in Hollywood, so I picked up the camera in year 10 and have never looked back.
Did you have any plans of what sort of photography you wanted to get into? 
When I started I knew I needed to learn my camera and the basics of photography back to front before I really thought about what I wanted to do but also always knew I wanted to do sport photography particularly AFL.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned in your time at PSC?
Probably networking and experience are definitely the main things I have learnt in life and photography. As well as do something that you love and not what someone else would want you to do.
Have you had any challenging moments? 
My most challenging moment would be stepping out of my comfort zone. I am not one to go well with directing people when doing studio shoots but have learnt a lot through the past 3 years at PSC to overcome and be the master of the camera.
What about rewarding moments?
 Most rewarding moment would be seeing my photography improve each time I shoot. Knowing that I have come so far since starting has been amazing to see.

Kadek Thatcher

Have you noticed a development in your style of shooting?
Well before PSC I didn’t really do much sport and I used Auto, which let’s just say was not a proud moment. Now using Manual, and over the years at PSC I have seen that through shooting each week for footy, I try to be different and capture moments that people may miss in the games as well as trying to make them look different and stand out from the usual footy photos you see. I am still learning and experimenting each week.

Do you have a body of work you are most proud of?
Can I say my football photos? All of them. Especially really starting to get into it last year and being able to volunteer with AFL Victoria and seeing my work out there makes me so proud. But also getting to shoot the first season of TAC Cup Girls was a proud moment to be a part of that history making competition.
Are you working on anything right now?
At the moment, I am photographing each weekend for AFL Victoria, shooting VFL and VFLW.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Literally shooting every weekend but pretty much going to the AFL. I am a massive Hawthorn supporter, watching Netflix like any student would be and hanging out with my two dogs.
Where do you find your motivation?
 I find my motivation with seeing my work being out there on the AFL Victoria website or VFL website and their social media pages. Knowing that my work is out there makes me feel motivated to know where I could be in the next few years.
Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by everyone in my class everyday. Seeing their work being improved from 1st year to now is amazing. As well as AFL Photographers, I absolutely love seeing their photos each week from the weekend’s games. Also my mentor Darrian Traynor, a past student of PSC; his work in AFL/Sport and Photojournalism is why I wanted him as my mentor.
What is your dream job/shoot?
My dream is to be working for the AFL as a photographer and even for an AFL club as a photographer for them. That is the main goal for me.
 To stay up to date with Kadek, follow her on Instagram 

Kadek Thatcher

Feature Friday: Kayla De Saint Aromain

Friday July 28th is featuring Advanced Diploma of Photography student Kayla De Saint Aromain.

Kayla De Saint Aromain

What got you started in Photography? 
 I got started early high school after participating in an end-of-year activity where I quickly fell in love!
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
Initially I wanted to work with nature, maybe a National Geographic photographer! That’s totally changed haha
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
I’ve learned how to live my dreams
What has been the most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Deadlines and essays are always challenging for me. Recently, entering the VPPYs and finding a mentor was very difficult!
How has your style developed?
I’ve learned a lot about myself and my art, which I really value. Everything has changed for the better! I feel like I can see now! My style has become more purposeful and an actual style is developing.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of’?
My last folio, about toxisity in the makeup industry, is probably the work im most proud of. It’s still not something I’m super proud of, but as a body of work it’s had the most success.

Kayla De Saint Aromain

What are you working on at the moment? 
I’m currently working on my folio, about the use and positive effect of tarot. I’m really honing my skills and style on this one so I’m really enjoying it.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
In my spare time, if I’m not watching dribble on the tv, I like to sew costumes and my own clothes.
Where do you find your motivation?
Currently, deadlines are a pretty solid motavation. But I find it easiest to do work when I have a clear idea of what I’m doing. Rethinking about my passion and dreams really helps too.
Who/what inspires you?
Francesca Woodman, Sarah Moon and Bill Henson are huge inspirations for my current work.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be working on the streets of Japan, shooting street fashion. But I’d also love to be able to embrace personal work and hold exhibitions!
To stay up to date with Kayla’s work, follow her on Instagram

Kayla De Saint Aromain

Feature Friday: Noah Thompson

The July 21st Feature Friday is a quick insight of second year bachelor student Noah Thompson. Earlier this year Noah was a finalist in the National portrait prize, he was involved in an exhibition at the Melbourne Immigration Museum titled “They Cannot Take The Sky” which was made into a book. Noah was also successful in receiving the Maribyrnong City Council art grant that allowed him to have a solo exhibition at the Trocadero Art Space in Footscray and put his work”Footscray Hair” into a book.

 

We had a chat with the busy artist and learned about where he is now and where he wants to be as he prepares for his fourth semester at PSC.

 

Noah Thompson, 2017, ‘Footscray Hair’

 

Why did you choose photography?
I moved around quite a bit growing up, going from Tasmania to remote parts of the Northern Territory to living overseas for a couple of years, I think this gives anyone impressions of places and people that are hard to articulate with words. Which I think is what photography allows me to do, though I’ve only realised this recently. I also like people and am interested in their stories and how individual circumstance often relates to wider social, environmental, economic or political situation. I completed a BA in International Studies which involved studying sociology, international development, conflict studies, etc. It has always been my intention to combine these two interests.
Where do you want to go with photography?
I want to get involved with photojournalism and NGO work as well as work on longer-term documentary projects. At the moment I’m interested in exploring a wide variety of subjects relating to social justice, war, migration, economics, refugees and community. I think photography is an important tool in generating discussion around difficult, controversial or important issues and also invaluable in disseminating untold aspects of a given issue.
Who/what inspires you?
Kind people, my mum.
What do you enjoy about photography?
I like that it gets me out and about, talking to people, asking questions, out of my comfort zone.
Stay up to date on Noah’s work by following him on Instagram

Noah Thompson, 2017, ‘Footscray Hair’

Feature Friday; Anna Salzmann

Today’s student feature is on Anna Salzmann, a current Level 5 Advanced Diploma student at PSC. Earlier this year Anna received a silver award at the AIPP Epson State Awards for her series ‘Sei Bellissima’.

 

Anna Salzmann, ‘Sei Bellissima’

 

What got you started in photography?
My first memory of loving photography was when my uncle who is a photographer in Geneva, Switzerland, introduced me to the world of photography and I have been obsessed ever since. A year ago he invited me to join him and 18 other photographers from across the world (most based in Geneva) to be apart of their ‘Une photo par jour’ blog where we upload a photo per day.
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become? 
All I knew is that I wanted to travel and work with other creatives doing great things, and I hoped that photography would give me these opportunities.

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
That planning and research is your friend!

What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Probably this semester, knowing that I now only have 1 more semester in this college surrounded by so much support is hard, and I am trying to soak it up as much as I can!

What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
Presenting my work at the end of each Semester is always great, I love seeing peoples reactions and hearing their thoughts on my work, whether it’s praise or critique.

 

 

Anna Salzmann, ‘Sei Bellissima’

 
How has your style developed?
My style is always changing and it is interesting to see my work from 2 years ago to now. It has changed a lot in regards to technique and colour, however the content has stayed similar.

So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
My ‘Sei Bellissima’ series where I documented the life of my Nonna Franca in stills as well as a short film. You can read my experience photographing her in my class’s upcoming magazine XPSD.

What are you working on at the moment? 
My mid Year Folio, I have been focusing on developing my portrait skills and have been photographing my friends and family.

Where do you find your motivation?
A lot of my motivation comes from the support of my family. They see my passion and hard work and keep me determined in creating a successful life for myself with photography.

What is your dream job/shoot?
I would love to find work with a publication of some sorts. Or anything that takes me travelling and includes working with a great team, I love the idea of working with others and photographing new and different locations.

 

To see more of Anna’s work, check out her Behance or Instagram 

 

 

 

Anna Salzmann, ‘Sei Bellissima’

Feature Friday; Jules Perrenot

Remember this name; Jules Perrenot, we don’t doubt you’ll be hearing it quite a bit over the next few years. Jules is a current first year student here at PSC, and before he has even presented his first semester folio he is already 1 of 40 international photographers to have won a spot in the Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art Top 40 exhibition. 

 

Outstanding Jules!!

We caught up with Jules to ask him about his relation to photography.

 

Jules Perrenot, 2017

 

Hey Jules, you’re in your first year at PSC; how did you come to be interested in photography?

 I can remember a few photographs that have stuck around in my mind, from Ellen Von Unwerth, Erwin Olaf, Sakae Takahashi. It probably contributed to my photography interest. I had a photographer friend in Paris, I would look at his pictures, watch him shoot. That surely contributed. Finally, when I got to Australia, I stayed with my sister and her boyfriend for a few months. I had acces to his DSLR and started to use ot often. After moving to Sydney, it didnt take me long to buy my own camera. Overall, it might just come from a sense of visual aesthetic, with no skills whatsoever in crafting or drawing to bavl it up. Photography was my savior: press the trigger, make a picture.
Did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become when you started here? 
 In my mind, I could see myself drawn to the art practice in photography, while being aware I did like the idea of playing with commercial aesthetic and tools. At the same time, I have been willing to try everything: in school I knew I’d have the luxury to explore photography and that I should cease this opportunity without being to rigid on my aspirations. I mean, I might end up falling in love with photo-journalism!

 

When you entered this competition what was going through your head. 
I felt like it was important to start applying to things out there. I want things to happen and not just wait to be graduated. I actually change last minute what I wanted to show because I wasn’t sure if they’d pick just one or the 3 images, and my other series had to be seen as a triptych.
Were you feeling confident?
 I guess I thought I was showing something good, so I wasnt surprise when I got in (I have no idea how many applicants there were), but I wouldnt have been surprised if I wasnt in either, and I wouldnt have been depressed about it. It felt like throwing a dice, and luckily it worked.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
 I’m pretty bad with rankings, I’ll make a list:
 -A specific environment can limit you to the self you were when you encountered it. Travelling to new places allow you to be the self you have become. Though, being aware of this is a big step to be able to stick yourself updated anywhere. In my case, it’s being loud.
-Don’t be afraid to ask for help or for an opportunity. I used to be too worried about the image it’d send of me. But people don’t mind, and they can’t help you if they don’t know what you’re thinking.
-School wise (thanks to my previous uni experience): get rid of the highschool mentality about assignments. Keep thinking until you find how to make them exciting for you, even if to do so you have to play with the lines. It’s just way less effective to create something just for the sake of the grading.
 -Have a goal or a direction: it makes you move forward, even if you end up changing it (which you should as many time as needed). Sitting around with no purpose for too long is just depressing.
 -Giving too many life advices make you sound like an old geezer. But I’ve accepted my fate.
 -There’s nothing wrong leaving the ‘highway of life’ : highschool, uni, job, promotion, house, dog, kids. If you don’t feel at ease in your life, I’d advise to shake things up. If it turns bad, please don’t sue me.

Jules Perrenot, 2017

What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far? 
 The accumulation of all the assignements in a 2 weeks period can be tough. Especially since I end up being excited by my projects, it can easily become too time consuming to juggle it with the rest of my life.
 What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far? 
 During the first week, I bonded really quickly with a few people from my class, that was such an exciting feeling, I felt ” Your time at Psc is going to be great, you made the right choice”.
How has your style developed? What have you noticed is different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach? 
 Hmmm, Im still really unsure about all lf the above. I tend to go in lots of directions, and Im not sure it’ll change. It is fine at the moment as I am exploring possibilities in 1st year, but I can see it getting in the way in the future. Im just a bit over the idea we always have to brand ourselves, which often requires to specialize, keep it cohesive, to create an overall story-telling for the audience. I’d rather do anything and everything I feel like doing, without much marketing thinking.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of? 
 I guess I really enjoyed my first assignement in Sarina’s class: in two weeks I managed to pull off something I really enjoy, that was fun. I’ve seen it too much though, I’m a bit over it at the moment.

Jules Perrenot, 2017

What are you working on at the moment? 
 I want to enter Bowness and a few prizes in June. We had a talk with Hoda and she talked me into creating a series out of a few images I already had. It’ll be a sort of sad gay sexy shrine to myself. Funtime.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
It’s mostly keeping my life social and keeping in touch with friends I now have less time to see. And then I Netflix and die in my bed: I can be quite the extraverted guy but I need my alone time with my computer. I guess it’s how milennials get introspective: getting lost on the internet.
Where do you find your motivation? 
 Keeping things interesting ? Immobilism alienates me, I like things to move and evolve.
What is your dream job/shoot? 
 Being exhibited and going full art-wank in fancy places, a glass of champaign at hand. Being French, Im already pretentious, I just need to be successful now.   Also, if I end up with a commercial practice, I want to be hired for my concepts, not to capture someone else’s ideas.
To keep up to date with Jules’ work, follow him on Instagram 

2017 Graduate Feature; Keely Farrugia

Today is it! Our final 2017 graduate feature before the graduation ceremony tonight.

 

Art photographer Keely Farrugia sat down and spoke to us about her three years at PSC.

 

Keely Farrugia, 2016

 

Hey Keely, after three years it’s all come to an end; when did you first start getting into photography? Why did you pursue it?

Well, when I was a child, I was always playing with the family camera. I’d often be in the backyard photographing plants, bugs and magpies, there was never a concept as too why, I guess I photographed whatever popped into the backyard and made it interesting. I was even more enthused by my friend’s father who happened to be a professional portrait photographer. This spiked my interest further when I got to hold his camera (Canon EOS 1D Mark IV), I was given the opportunity to photograph his daughters and watch over some of his portrait sessions. This was my first inspiration to become the photographer I am today.

 

Did you imagine you would become a portrait photographer like him?

Upon entering PSC, I aimed to be a creative fashion photographer. I had the goal of bringing a whole new concept and influence to the commercial/ editorial industry but also having the dream to one day be Annie Leibovitz’s assistant. I believe the most beneficial thing I’ve taken in so far is; it doesn’t hurt to slow down. Whilst learning how to drive a manual car, my great instructor said “You don’t have to go so fast as long as you get there at your own pace, everything will be fine”. I’ve lived by those words ever since, and as the days go by I’m just taking my time and enjoying life at my own pace.

 

Was that a challenge for you? Figuring out how to slow down?

No, the challenging moment was standing in front of people and talking about my work.

My most rewarding moment was receiving silver award in the APPAs and making friends during the course.

 

How did your style develop over the years you spent here?

To be honest I’m still trying to figure out what exactly is my style. It’s a work in progress, I’m inspired everyday whilst browsing through Pinterest and always finding a new challenge or wanting to appropriate an image. My style is all over the place, ask this question in 10 years, maybe I might have an answer but for now I’m still searching.

 

Keely Farrugia, 2016

 

What was your graduating folio about?

My graduating folio was literally about Breasts. It’s a debatable topic going on right now whether you know about it or not. My folio focused around the controversial issue of breasts and breast feeding in public. An exploration of society’s multiple outlooks on the female breast, using the body part as a confrontation towards public, social media and censorship but most importantly how it’s differentiated against it’s natural purpose. This idea came about, when scrolling through Facebook and watching several videos of social experiments of breastfeeding in public and the ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign spiralling to an internet phase. I decided to take this on, in the form of a fine art project, at first it did start out as a joke but after thorough research and careful imaging there was a sense of guilt in the end. The amount of insults and injustice that attacks the female breasts was beyond what I first imagined but it pushed the project forward to show the viewer how natural and pleasant breasts can be rather than a sexual object.

 

Do you have any advice for current students?

Pinterest is your friend, use it and abuse it. Inspiration is the most important thing, if you don’t have it, how are you going to meet your goal without it?

 

What have you been up to since you left  PSC?

 

I’ve been picking up on film photography, using my Pentax Spotmatic and Ilford 400 film. Recently I’ve been photographing portraits and spiders, using double exposure technique. It’s weird and random, I know. Whatever floats your boat, so far I’m sailing into a new direction of interest. Challenge accepted.

 

Brilliant! So when you’re to taking photos of spiders on film, what do you do?

I either browse Pinterest to find motivation and/or inspiration or read a Jane Austen novel. Sometimes you find creative ideas and influences in the most inconvenient moments.

 

What inspires you?

I’ve probably said this twice now but anything and everything on Pinterest inspires me, although when talking about photography I’m always inspired by Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Carrol Jerroms and Richard Alvedon. Everyday I’m truly inspired by my parents putting others first before themselves, going out their way to make my brother and I happy.

 

Do you have a dream job or shoot?

I have not given up on one day being Annie Leibovitz assistant, I vow to make it happen.

 

 

If you want to see what else Keely has been up to, check out her Instagram 

 

Keely Farrugia, 2016

2017 Graduate Feature: Tom Rogers

Today we are catching up with Tom Roger graduating photojournalist.

 

Tom Roger, 2016

 

What got you started in photography?
Back in high school, one of my teachers showed us the darkrrom process and I instantly fell in love with the process, how you can take a piece of paper and dip it in some chemicals and magically these forms and lines and tones and all of it evolves and creates an image right in front of you.

 

When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
I was definitely going to be a National Geographic photographer tackling dramatic social issues around the world.


What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
 To trust your instincts and to be bold with decision-making.

 

What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
 Learning to drive myself along and shoot freely in my own specific way rather then leaning on tutors and photographing in a way to try and please them.

 

Tom Roger, 2016

 


What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
Making my final photobook. I love the process, I love the finished outcome and I was proud of how far I’d come.


How has your style developed?
I’d stopped trying to be other people that I thought I wanted to be and just photographed from my heart and what was true to me. I know now how best I work and how to get what I want rather then try and emulate someone else.


What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio was about searching for intimacy within myself whilst maturing into adulthood, experiencing the world around me. 

 

Tom Roger, 2016

 


What are you working on at the moment?
A couple of smaller projects, one continuing on from my graduating folio as it forms a kind of diary for me personally as well as a documentary on the hospitality scene in Melbourne.


What advice would you give to current students?
Just shoot the c**p out of the world and trust your tutor. Katrin was endlessly helpful and I can not speak more highly of her and how she helped not just me but for everyone in our class.


What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
I’m working behind a bar saving to do a Vietnam photo trip and then a European travel.

 

Tom Roger, 2016


Where do you find your motivation?
Everywhere from seeing other peoples images and stories on the internet to just walking down the street and discovering something new and unexpected, I want to share what I see with others


Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by those around me, everyone has a story and everyones story deserves to be shared.


What is your dream job/shoot?
I would seriously love to be on long term assignments documenting society, whether it be social issues, minorities or just interesting people. I want to be immersed in something that’s different to my form of normal and to share that with the wider community.

 

To keep up to date with Tom, follow his work on Instagram

 

 

 

Tom Roger, 2016

2017 Graduate Feature; Morgan Hancock

Today’s graduate feature is photojournalist Morgan Hancock who has taken up a position at The Standard; a fairfax newspaper delivering the latest news and events in Warrnambool and south-west Victoria. We asked him a few questions about his time at PSC and now working in the industry straight out of study.

Morgan Hancock, 2016

What got you started in photography?
I got started in photography during high school, I took it as an elective as I had always enjoyed taking photos, during the school year I quickly realised how much I loved photography, and the creative scope that it allowed for.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
When I first started at PSC, I imagined that I would become an all round better photographer. I had always enjoyed photographing sport so I wanted to see myself as a sport photographer, having completed my degree it made me a better photographer in every aspect.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
PSC taught me a lot of time management skills, as well as thinking outside of the box which is ultra important in the photography industry.

Morgan Hancock

 What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
The most challenging moment at PSC would be the very beginning; I found it quite hard to get my head around all of the new aspects, including thinking of a folio, getting used to how PSC works and getting to know all of the new faces.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
The most rewarding part was right at the end, when it was possible to have a look at the folio that I had created in the final year, which was a culmination of hard work over the prior years.
How has your style developed?
My photographic style has developed into a lot more of a documentary style. When I first began, I had attempted to create documentary works, however at the end of the three years my style was certainly a lot clearer.
 What was your graduating folio about? How did you arrive at this idea?
My graduating folio was based around spending a year inside a football club; this came about from my huge passion for football, and the simple fact that it quite often isn’t documented in such a way.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working at the Warrnambool Standard as a photographer, I am also working on some personal projects on the side; ranging from more sport photography work, to photographing abandoned sites.

Morgan Hancock

What advice would you give to current students?
I would tell them to enjoy the challenge, and make the most of being able to choose their own folio ideas.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photo’s there is a high chance that I will be off watching sport, or exploring a new place.
Where do you find your motivation?
I find motivation from constantly looking at other photographers work; I love spending time looking through world class photographers’ photos. Nothing motivates me more than flicking through a magazine or Instagram, and seeing images that I can have the opportunity to create.
Who/what inspires you?
I am mainly inspired by the dream that I can one day spend my time traveling and photographing sport, whilst creating jaw dropping images.
What is your dream job/shoot?
My long term goal has always been to work at a newspaper and/or an agency like Getty Images. My dream shoot would be the opportunity to cover the Olympic Games.
See more of Morgan’s work here on his website 

Morgan Hancock

2017 Graduate Feature; Emma Watson

Today’s graduate feature is on bachelor art student Emma Watson, yes you’ve heard her name before; she was a part of the ‘Element’s exhibition that was on display for the month of March at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Once again not the actress!

 

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

 

Hey Emma, your final folio ‘Folding’ has been seen and spoken about quite a few times, but going way back; when you first started at PSC what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
To be honest I wasn’t entirely certain. I suppose at an earlier point during PSC I envisioned myself to be a major documentary photographer that travels the world. However, I soon realized that ideal didn’t match my personality or style in the slightest and that my work had to be a lot more silent and minimal.

 

How do you describe that style?
It’s a lot more coherent and specific to a narrative. Unlike when I first started where everything I produced was a bit higgledy piggledy, I now feel confident that I can produce a body of work that I know will reflect my personal style and story.

 

What got you started in photography? Was it the higgledy piggledy?
It’s always been second nature to have everything I experience in my life captured through a lens. Photography has always been a part of my life, in fact you’ll struggle to find a time that hasn’t been documented. I’m simply continuing on with what I’ve always known.

 

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’ 2016

 

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Mostly I read a lot of fiction. I find it to be a great source of inspiration for new ideas and just a great way to escape reality. It keeps me fresh and broadens the boundaries I unknowingly place on day to day situations.

 

What are you inspired by?
Books, documentaries, movies, diaristic photographic projects, really it’s anything that can change and challenge my point of view.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m in the early stages of trying to organize this concept of an online collaborative project where anyone can partake and submit their story/images. It’ll be a community for self expression, somewhere to be heard instead of ignored concerning specific topics. As I said it’s more of a concept than anything else at this stage.

 

Where do you get your motivation?
I find motivation from my past and present life experiences. All my work is very personal so naturally I draw everything I’ve and seen and felt to help me clarify a visual representation. It’s actually a very therapeutic process.

The chance to collaborate is a pretty big advantage of being at a place with like minded people, would you say that was the most rewarding part of PSC?
Actually, it was a day during my 3rd year where I confided in my beautiful teacher Hoda about the true meaning behind my work. It may sound as quite a small reward but it pushed my work into areas I wouldn’t of otherwise attempted or considered.

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned in your three years of study?

Naturally I learnt a great deal about the technicalities of photography, but I found that I learnt more about myself than anything else. I’ve now found so many different ways of self expression when words have previously failed me and by doing so have gained a much more profound sense of self and empathy for others.

What was the most challenging moment for you at PSC?
Without question it’d have to be me trying to break down those barriers I’ve built up within myself. The trick I’ve learnt for majoring in any art degree is allowing yourself to feel that vulnerability, to be utterly exposed and honestly raw within your concepts and self. It’s much easier said than done.
Can you give any advice to current students?
You’re going to face a moment when it feels like the world is out to get you. You’ll either lose your files, have no money for printing, or simply can’t break that mental slump of frequently trying to produce new ideas. The best advice I could give to someone at that time is to just ask yourself one question, am I doing this for the love or for the practicality of photography? Because if it’s for the practically you’re going to stop once you’ve reached that goal but if it’s for the love you’ll always continue on with the work.
See more of Emma’s work here

Emma Watson, ‘Folding’, 2016