Trinity College Colac visits PSC for a Photography Workshop

Last week PSC sparked inspiration in the hearts of twenty year 12 students from Trinity College Colac – a secondary school that pushes boundaries with its extra-curricular focus. Students who came to PSC were those with media classes, interested in exploring different styles in photography, with the best college in Asia- Pacific.

Image by Taylor Ferne-Morris

Image by Taylor Ferne-Morris

Led by PSC course director, Daniel Boetker Smith, students were first introduced to the concept of ‘Instagram Photography’. He broadened their understanding about new frontiers of the art and medium, giving them a list of leading Instagram photographers to seek inspiration from, for the workshop session of the day.

‘Students chose from leading photographers like Chien Chi Chang, Stacy Kranitz, Victor Cobo, Boogie Photographer, and PSC’s Katrin Koenning to use as their inspiration for the workshop. We discussed the way Instagram can be a vibrant gallery for showing off your work, and that plenty of careers have been made off the back of Instagram. The workshop was really a starting point to test out different styles and approaches. Students were encouraged to take away some important messages about the power of the photographic image.’ (Daniel Boetker Smith)

Image by Taylor Ferne-Morris

Image by Taylor Ferne-Morris

Image by Taylor Ferne Morris

Image by Taylor Ferne Morris

Trinity College Colac teacher, Ryan Geary accompanied our students and was impressed by the outcome of the workshop:

‘The session was perfectly timed in our content and the students gained an enormous insight as well as skills which will benefit them as soon as next week.The session was informative, interesting and interactive which our students loved. After the initial shock of having to use their Instagram accounts they were soon coming up to me and saying how others were liking and commenting on their photography which also gave them confidence.’

Thanks to Maria Duarte, the communications and students officer for full time studies, images of students were reposted on the PSC Instagram account:

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This was yet another successful collaboration between our teaching staff and aspiring photographers from Australia. Secondary students from Trinity College Colac absolutely enjoyed the exposure they received thanks to spending a day at PSC. They received professional feedback for the work they jubilantly created, giving them a slice of the PSC life! We are looking forward to our next workshop in May.

“The workshop was a great opportunity to get back to basics, we just got out into the street and were shooting really raw and improvised ideas. We had fun, and the students really came away with the understanding that there is never a right or wrong answer with photography, you’ve just got to do what feels right.” (Daniel Boetker Smith)

Emma McEvoy stuns Melbourne with ‘Sand Castles’

Last week, our very own PSC graduate (of the Advanced Diploma and Pathways program) showcased breathtaking work in the most unique space in the world. Emma McEvoy created a series around her trip to an abandoned diamond mining town in the heart of Namibia and exhibited her work in a house that was about to be demolished, in Melbourne’s quirky capital of Fitzroy. Filling up the house with sand to recreate the experience she had in Namibia, crowds of visitors were astonished by the creative presentation and the glorious work of Emma’s that was presented on the walls.

The exhibition was only open for four days and this was enough to get the attention of the most influential media names in the world. Here is a quick kaleidoscope of the wonder behind Emma McEvoy’s recent work (click to play):

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Emma was also interviewed by PSC senior fellow and award winning photographer, Michael Coyne (who was the lead photographer at publications such as the National Geographic, Newsweek and Time Magazine). Here’s a short podcast about Emma’s inspiration behind her series and why she chose to design her exhibition space in a house that was up for demolition:

 

Here’s what setting up the exhibition looked like (click to play):

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Within the first few hours of her exhibition opening, Broadsheet Melbourne (a leading online magazine that covers the latest news about Melbourne culture) wrote a story about her incredible exhibition concept:

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Not surprisingly, Emma was then interviewed by Stephanie Ferrier from ABC News! Here is the entire story:

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The PSC community support has been unconditional. I’ve never once felt like I need to conform to any particular style or genre, i’ve been free to express my creativity however I please & that encouragement has been invaluable in helping me get to where I am now. After the overwhelming response from this exhibition I might look at exhibiting it elsewhere in Australia and no doubt i’ll be off on another overseas trip soon to create a new body of work, possibly in rural China.
– Emma McEvoy

We are really proud of Emma’s awesome work and look forward to sharing more updates about her progress!

Daniel Boetker Smith & Ying Ang Represent PSC / AP Photobook Archive as Keynote Speakers in NZ

New Zealand is having its first photobook festival in history; ‘Photobook New Zealand 2016’. Independent and established photographers as well as publishers from Mexico to Asia will be exhibiting their collections. PSC course director, Daniel Boetker Smith and PSC teacher Ying Ang, will be the prime keynote speakers for the event, presenting their expertise in making and distributing photobooks, as well as marketing them across the world.

Daniel Boetker Smith

Daniel Boetker Smith

As many of you may already know, Daniel also acts as  the Director of Melbourne’s Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive – not-for-profit, open access archive of self-published and independent photobooks that has grown to a total of 1000 books. Daniel will be bringing over a broad collection from all parts of the Asia-Pacific region, most never seen before in NZ. He will talk specifically about the recent emergence and development of the photobook in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on a number of collectives and organisations making a mark internationally.

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Gold Coast Photobook by Ying Ang

Ying Ang’s own photobook ‘Gold Coast’ was the winner of the New York Photo Festival book prize and the Encontros Da Imagem book prize in 2014. Also nominated for the Prix Pictet Prize in 2015, the book will be presented at the festival. She is a prolific photographer who has had her books listed in Flak Photo, Lensculture and Magnum Photos. Also acting as the curator for the upcoming Obscura Foto Festival in Penang.

We are delighted about our students having access to such influential mentors in the industry. Daniel and Ying both have prolific careers in the field of photography and are happy to guide those at PSC when it comes to enriching their artistic abilities and careers.

PSC’s Women Photographers at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

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The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is a haven of organisations and groups dedicated to empowering and helping women in all walks of life. From arranging emotional support to getting political and professional networks in place for supporting causes, the centre has worked on all fronts to build a stronger community of women in Melbourne. Having graduates and students exhibit their work in such an important centre is therefore a great achievement. Selected by Julie Wajs, each series reflects some aspect of womanhood, spanning over generations.

PSC teacher/curator Julie Wajs with PSC students Margaret Lim and Cassandra Tzortzoglou

PSC teacher/curator Julie Wajs with PSC students Margaret Lim and Cassandra Tzortzoglou

Patricia Saca, the venues coordinator for the centre was pleased to see the public’s reception of work that went up last week. According to her, the strength of the exhibition lies in the variety of styles in photographs that are already drawing widespread appreciation from those who pass through the corridors. Encouraging an open-policy approach to circulating fresh artwork by emerging artists, Patricia never places restrictions on the nature of work, often refusing to take down images even when the most seldom of complaints are expressed. She is proud to promote and support such spectacular talent from PSC.

QVWC venues coordinator, Patricia Saca and Margaret Lim

QVWC venues coordinator, Patricia Saca and Margaret Lim

Margaret Lim:

Margaret Lim with her Family

Margaret Lim with her Family

Margret Lim has one of the largest installations at the exhibition. Using materials and objects from Op-Shops around Melbourne, she created a series that signifies the dynamic nature of women. According to her, women reinvent themselves continuously throughout their lives and build upon their understanding and wisdom of the world and themselves, with time.

 Cassandra Tzortzoglou:

Cassandra Tzortzolgou with her work

Cassandra Tzortzolgou with her work

Cassandra Tzortzolgou on the other hand, takes us on a path that is mysterious and focused on elements of nature. Inspired by Greek mythology and tales revolving around bees and the symbolism of honey for her series Natural Phenomena, Cassandra exhibits the second part of the series with the ‘complex relationship between man and nature’.

 Elma Gradascevic:

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Elma Gradascevic with her work

Elma Gradascevic constructed a project based on how technology can overpower or diminish the innate nature of women. She believes that ‘our natural world is largely disappearing from our daily lives, but its symbolism in cultural motifs demonstrate how integral it is to our internal and creative selves.’ She uses feathers to represent hope.

Elena D San Roman:

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Elena D San Roman based her series ”Point of Entry’ on ‘the experience of remembering’. From her artist’s statement she expresses: ‘I’m exploring the process of recall, accessing a memory and the transformation that comes from reliving an experience of childhood trauma.No matter how much time passes, the fear and anxiety that comes from trauma is always present, it hides in the shadows, haunting you every day. Ugly images flash before your eyes when you least expect it, making you question what is real and what is not.’

Allison Rose:

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Allison Rose creates a vibrant series that ‘explores the contradictions of a readymade life from conception to birth – futuristic, convenient, mass-produced and fast.’ Each piece of artwork conveys a message about how the basic human need to create is now so ‘automated’ and often described in a language that mirrors the process of manufacturing.  Objects used in her work represent ‘a part of the cycle of creation’ and have been captured by x-ray machines.

Emma McEvoy:

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From a section of Emma McEvoy’ artist statement, we can definitely note how she deals with metaphor in her photography language: ‘(This is) a series which embraces the hues of authenticity via femininity and nakedness, and the water’s symbolic ebb and flow, through the thought-provoking palette of photography. Each photograph attempts to surface the fear of fragility. Bare skin emerging from a body of water – canvasing a reflection of Mother Nature, and sculpting a refuge for surrender: a place where vulnerability enfolds.’

Sophie Pigram:

Photograph of Sophie Pigram taken by Cassandra Tzortzolgou

Photograph of Sophie Pigram taken by Cassandra Tzortzolgou

Aesthetically driven and inspired by the physical molecular basis of memory itself captured by The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in early 2014, Blank Spaces is an exploration into the abstract realm of memory. Through self portraiture and object the work creates a physical representation of  the physiological workings of the mind, focusing on retained and recollective thought that have been confabulated over time and its effect on the subconscious. [From Sophie Pigram’s website].

Claire Blankendaal:

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Images by Claire Blankendaal

‘The Autonomous is a series of photographs born from a conceptual idea of self and what it means to be a female artist in Australia engaging with feminist issues in 2015. Approaching my camera like I would a diary and allocating time and space to each entry, I use methods of automatism, ritual, endurance and the performative body. In these I have found my position in the discussion—freedom of choice, celebration of differences and above all personal autonomy, these are the scaffold that structure my outlook and actions. By stripping back pre-conceived notions of femininity and being conscious in my influences and environment I have found freedom. In the act of creation and immersing myself in my practice, in these moments I am completely autonomous.’

Sarah Maslan:

Sarah Maslan with her work and Elma Gradascevic

Sarah Maslan with her work and Elma Gradascevic

‘The idea that people from different parts of the world, with completely different cultures, religions and life experiences can share the same dream is fascinating. In fact, some psychologists believe that our shared dream experiences serve to connect us as a human race. We can find meaning in everything. Even the everyday shapes and symbols that repeat in nature, and our world around us, can convey a message. When we dream, the conscious reality of today disappears and all that existed beyond the bounds is brought forward so time seems to be just a notion that slowly fades, leaving the past and the present intertwined. Herein resides our true awareness.’

 

PSC is proud of these students who come from a range of the course we provide (Bachelor of Photography, Advanced Diploma and Part Time cohorts). It is wonderful to see such talents come together and their work to reflect something so meaningful.

We will be updating this page soon with statements from other artists of PSC who are exhibiting. It would be great for you to come by and see the exhibition during March. If you’d like to exhibit your work at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, feel free to contact them.

PSC International Women’s Day Roundtable event: What You Need To Know

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Common Ground and Photography Studies College is hosting an all women round table chaired by Common Ground contributor, Christine McFetridge.

With a line up of panelists including Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography Naomi Cass, gallerist Daine Singer, artist and Director of Strange Neighbour Linsey Gosper, photographers/artists Ponch Hawkes and Peta Clancy, and Common Ground Issue 05 artist Hoda Afshar, join us at the Photography Studies College for an evening of discussion on the underrepresentation of women in photo-media.

Here is a quick run through of our speakers:

Hoda Afshar:

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Hoda Afshar (PSC teacher and the National Photographic Portrait prize winner) doesn’t often think about gender , nor allows it to play a major role in her way of thinking as she photographs or teaches.

Shifting between documentary and fine art photography, Hoda is drawn to creating art that combines both of these languages. According to her, there is a strong element of documentary in fine art photography, as the way people pose or behave in front of the camera, reveals how they wish to represent themselves to the pubic. In this light, Hoda strives to explore the notion of truth in the act of photography.

Thinking about how certain people in her life have inspired her in her work, Hoda feels good about partaking in the passion and love for art, along with her students. She loves the process of sharing this part of her life with people in her class, who are as interested in photography as she is, and who produce such eclectic styles of work.

Hoda is interested in art that acts as an agent in shaping the imagination of the public. She has a special regard for photography and artwork that tackles important issues of the time, and that finds a way of expressing new ideas to audiences.

Naomi Cass:

c1bd04b0a8d811e4b48659521800906d_content_thumbnailOne of our renowned guests today is Naomi Cass, who is a well known writer and curator currently working as the director of Centre for Contemporary Photography. She was previously the museum critic for the Herald Sun and has curated exhibitions such as ‘Fears and Scruples’, ‘MaleORDER: Addressing Menswear with Robyn Healy’ and ‘Tilia Europaea’. She also produced two programs of contemporary art and music for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, ‘Electric-Eye’ and ‘The Many Faces of Percy Grainger’.

Daine Singer:

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Daine Singer is the owner of the Daine Singer Art Space in the CBD. She worked as as gallery manager at Anna Schwartz, associate curator at Experimenta Utopia Now: International Biennial of Media Art (curatorium, touring Australia 2010-2011), Dream Weavers (CAST Gallery, Hobart 2010), Draw the Line: the Architecture of Lab (National Gallery of Victoria 2009), The Nauru Elegies (DJ Spooky and Annie K Kwon, Experimenta at Blindside and Shed 4, 2010) and Big Screen Shorts (Federation Square 2010). She has also held positions including Gallery Manager at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Associate Curator at Experimenta Media Arts, and Curator at the Museum of Chinese Australian History.

Ponch Hawkes:

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Ponch Hwkes is a Melbourne based photographic artist who has had work featured in the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and served as a photographer for the Victorian Women’s Trust. With her own commercial studio in North Melbourne, she has a prolific portfolio of her own based on assignments in Cambodia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Holland, England and the USA, amongst other countries. Much of her work focuses on personal relationships, and the lives and achievements of women

Peta Clancy:

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Peta Clancy’s selected solo exhibitions have been included at Performance Space, Sydney (in collaboration with Helen Pynor) (2011); Dominik Mersch Gallery (2009 & 2007), Sydney; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2007); Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2005); Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces (2001); Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Studio 12 (1997); and Centre for Contemporary Photography (1995). Clancy’s selected group exhibitions include Controversy: The Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (2012) and Imagining the Everyday, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2010).

Looking Back at Orientation Week

Last week PSC celebrated the start of another exciting year, welcoming new students into the campus during Orientation. Students had the chance to mingle with their teachers, understand the course of their studies for the year and network with one another.

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Students were then introduced to their mentors and assigned a fun project on Instagram titled ‘PSCProject’. They were given various themes such as  #pscuglyproject, #pscfuturisticproject, #pscbadsmellproject, #pscsilenceproject and #pscdangerousproject. The PSC Instagram channel showcased students, highlighting their wonderfully diverse vision and style:

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Orientation Day itself was a whirlwind of activities. Students met their mentors for the day and had a wonderful barbecue lunch with the staff, along the banks of the Yarra River. Everyone enjoyed the city views from the river and excited about their studies at PSC.

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Staff also welcomed Jonathan Shaw, our visiting academic from Coventry University. Jonathan is here to spend time on campus, with his expertise in innovative learning, teaching and photographic practice in the digital age.

Jonathan finished the week with a wonderful Image Makers Seminar, where he presented topics from his book ‘NewFotoScapes’. He addressed topics related to ‘open access’, learning in the digital world and the value of photography today. Our recordings from Jonathan Shaw’s Image Makers Seminar will be posted soon.

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We thank our students and staff for making the Orientation week so jubilant! The PSC family looks forward to an eventful year ahead!

Featuring Steve Banham and His ‘Aussie Post’ Letterbox Series

Steve Banham completed his Advanced Diploma from PSC in December 2015. It was 7 years ago when he began his incredible ‘Aussie Post’ Letterbox photo-series, finding inspiration in the southern tip of rural New South Wales. Sighting a special looking letterbox, he found himself on a journey of discovery where he met new people, capturing a unique trend of ostentatious letterboxes adorning front lawns. With the encouragement of his photojournalism teacher, Bill Bachman, Steve expanded his series and incorporated it into his final folio at PSC. He aims to publish his own photography book about letterboxes in the near future.

Image by Steve Banham

Image by Steve Banham

For an entrepreneur who owns a commercial flooring business, Steve somehow managed to find the time to balance both of his passions. While studying at PSC, he appreciated the variety of learning photography in field and studio sessions under the guidance of inspiring teachers – such as Michael Coyne and Bill Bachman. Steve regarded his time at PSC as an investment he made in himself to learn something he always wanted to do.

Here are some images from Steve Banham’s series:

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Image by Steve Bahnam

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Image by Steve Banham

You can follow Steve’s ongoing series here.

 

2016 Part Time Courses Begin!

Today we welcomed new part time students in the 20 week Creative Photography and 40 week Pro Photography Certificate course. These passionate individuals have taken the first step towards securing a fulfilling life in photography, with new career prospects opening up for them down the line.

We’ll be charting their progress as they familiarise themselves with concepts such as lighting, exposure camera craft, establishing a professional workflow, composition, framing, shooting with natural light on location, capturing people around Melbourne and finalising folio projects as they learn how to manage digital files for editing. This is going to be a big ride indeed!

Let’s hear from some students on their first day:

Maddy (Instagram: @travel_with_mc)

Maddy (Instagram: @travel_with_mc)

“I’ve always been passionate about photography but I never had the chance to be proactive about it. Working as a tax consultant for the past two years, I realised the need to get back into developing my photography skills. I joined PSC with the hopes of starting a new career as a professional photographer”.
– Maddy (40 week Pro Photography course)

 

Peter (Instagram: @peter_merrick)

Peter (Instagram: @peter_merrick)

“I first became interested in photography when I was a child. I’ve finally got the opportunity to invest in what I’ve always wanted to do. I came to PSC because it has the best reputation in the field. I currently work in the Healthy and Safety industry and I’m looking forward to being more creative at PSC and learning the theory behind photography. I’m excited about seeing things from a new perspective”.
– Peter (20 week Creative Photography Certificate Course)

Arun Kumar

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“I’ve been doing photography as a hobby and now I’m ready to take it to the next level. I work as an I.T professional and wanted to join PSC because it’s the only place that’s 100% dedicated to photography – it’s not just a side option”.
– Arun Kumar

We’re excited about meeting other students in the course and seeing their progress. We can already tell that this group will bring much joy to the PSC family in 2016, with their potential to create fascinating work!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Raquel Betiz Presents ‘Spot’ at Testing Grounds

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Raquel Betiz, our 3rd year Bachelor of Photography student, who just finished her studies at PSC a few weeks ago is showcasing her portfolio series ‘Spot’ at Testing Grounds on January 15, 2016 (1-23 City road, Southbank). This opportunity came about after Raquel responded to an open-call for artists to exhibit their work in this relatively new art space, known for giving creative professionals a platform to test their ideas. Raquel has decided to experiment with the size of her photographs, testing the themes of space with audiences who are attending this innovative event.

From Raquel's series, 'Spot'.

From Raquel’s series, ‘Spot’.

We had featured Raquel last year when she was chosen as a finalist by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale . Her work was featured in their 2016 calendar for October, which you can order online. Look back into Raquel’s journey here.

The interesting thing to note is that Raquel has booked her exhibition at Testing Grounds before she has even graduated. This highlights the fact that PSC students are given real-world industry exposure and an in-depth career focus to help them secure professional projects on the go.

Raquel emphasises the importance of being prudent with your work as a photography student who’s about to graduate:

‘Keep creating work for your portfolio. Exhibit your photography whenever and wherever you get the chance – even if it’s at a non-commercial space or through an artists’ residency. This will keep your motivation going. If you’re complacent about your work  your drive to create will disappear.’

Taking this advice from Raquel will serve you well, as she’s on her way to building a strong network with esteemed photographers in the field.  Thanks to the mentor program at PSC, she has a great starting point and will keep her schedule extremely busy in the coming weeks.

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You can see more of Raquel’s work on her website. Find out more about studying at PSC and feel free to contact us.