Feature Friday 8th September 2017; Luke Rush

Now in his final year of the Advanced Diploma of Photography, we caught up with one of our talented commercial students Luke Rush who recently won his second silver award from the AIPP.



Luke Rush, Untitled Nude

What got you started in photography?
I’ve always been interested in art and decided to leave high school after year 11 and instead studied a cert 4 in visual arts. I’d always taken photos but after a semester of studying the history of photography I thought it sounded like a great career. If I’m honest, I’m not that great of a drawer.

When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
I’d say it would have been in the second semester of first year when I started shooting fashion just with some friends. I put together a team with a makeup artist, stylist, and my friend modelled for me. After that I loved meeting new people and working with other creatives, so I decided I wanted to be a portrait/ fashion photographer.

What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
The most beneficial thing I’ve learned about photography and life is not to force things. Whether that’s in organising shoots, planning folios or just general day-to-day, everything will eventually come together if you work at it and let it happen.

What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Most challenging moment at PSC so far is always folio season.

What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
The most rewarding moment I’ve had at PSC was having my work up on the wall for the first time. I was so excited to finally make the wall, which was a goal from as soon as I started here. And it still is!

Luke Rush, 2017

How has your style developed?
I don’t yet know if I have a particular style. Aesthetically I try to differentiate the style in each shoot. I like having even skin tones and rich blacks in all my work. I tend to work best by improvising rather than planning. I find that if I plan shoot to the t I tend to overthink everything on the day and it never goes to plan. Photography is after all about problem solving.

So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
The work I’m most proud of would have to be my untitled nude series. The series was shot digitally but I processed the images to look like film and then I inverted them to black and white. The idea behind the series was to photograph parts of a women’s body in abstract ways so that some are deceiving at first glance but still recognisable.

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on shooting for my book for my final folio. The focus of the book is really just to showcase the quality of work I have learnt to produce in my time at PSC. The theme of the book is to revolve around skin and flesh.

What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photos I’m editing them. But aside from photography I am a swim instructor and lifeguard.

Where do you find your motivation?
I find a lot of my motivation in the people around me. I also find a lot of motivation out of my own passion for photography and the goals that I have for myself.

Who/what inspires you?
I find a lot of inspiration in music videos and movies I watch. In combination with work I see through social media and the internet. At the moment I’m finding a lot of inspiration in Peter Coulson and Jo Duck‘s work. They are vastly different in style and aesthetic, but both get great responses out of the people they work with and I simply just love their work.

What is your dream job/shoot?
My dream job is to work for a major magazine or fashion label, ’till then I hope to work freelance. I’m also in the process of starting up my own portrait business.


Luke Rush, Red, 2017


To see more of Luke’s work, check out his website or follow him on Instagram.

Samantha Everton Visits PSC

Our Advanced Diploma of Photography art major students were treated to an artist talk today by Melbourne-based artist Samantha Everton. With incredible attention to detail in her images, Samantha discussed her practice; using a series of hidden wires and support harnesses – every element and movement within her images is captured in-camera.

Samantha Everton, ‘Marionettes’


With the students in their final year, Samantha also spoke about how necessary commitment, determination and drive are to sustaining a long-term artistic practice, while also speaking about how she manages her practice as a business.


This was an invaluable insight for our final year Advanced Diploma of Photography students! Thank you very much for dropping in Samantha!

See work by our art major students, and please contribute to their Pozible for their end of year exhibition.

AIPP Commercial Photographer of the Year 2017; Angela Miller


On the night of the APPA awards, PSC Lecturer Julie Wajs and her former PSC student Angela Miller APP AAIPP, chatted about how she felt winning the ‘2017 Commercial Photographer of the Year.’


Tell me about the feeling you had when you saw your prints (that won you the ‘2017 Commercial Photographer of the Year’) come off the printer. How did you feel? 


In my commercial work so much time goes into working with the client – discussing the brief, pre-production, the studio shoot and the final edit. So seeing the final images being printed is like seeing a final culmination of all that work (and long hours) in one image! When it’s all exactly like you imagined, it’s a brilliantly satisfying feeling for both myself and the client.

All my work is printed at Capture to Print by Rocco Ancora, (where I also assist as a digital retoucher when I’m not working on my own business Indigo Blue Studio). Printing is a total science… colour, calibration, print profiles, paper choices, it all plays a part. At Capture to Print, paper choice is determined by the images at hand. What you see on the screen, Rocco replicates exactly on paper and some.

What does winning this award mean for you? 

This is the first year I’ve entered the Commercial Category so the award means the world to me. It is such an incredible feeling being recognised by my industry peers! It means I’ve been doing something right – being myself, doing my thing and shooting for amazing clients. I’ve been determined this year to shoot true to my style of photography and not try and be something I’m not. (If the brief doesn’t feel like it suits my style I’m not inclined to go through with the job anymore.)

Admittedly, it’s nice to be at a stage in my photography where I’m beginning to know quickly what I do and don’t want to be doing! This award also proves to me that you never stop learning. I think every shoot I’ve done I can take something from it, good or bad and learn from it no matter how big or small the work is.

Would you like to add something else? 

I’m still kind of speechless, I’m so glad you are here to help me celebrate.

You’ve played a huge role in my development, forever grateful.


Feature Friday 1st September 2017; James Bugg

After almost missing an entry to the national awards, one of our final year Bachelor of Photography students James Bugg has won a silver at the Australian Professional Photography Awards in the landscape category.

James Bugg, 2017


What got you started in photography?

I had an interest ever since I was introduced to my father’s camera kit, my interest grew throughout high school and then I was just hooked.

When you first started at PSC did you have an idea of the photographer you wanted to be?
I always knew the kind of work I liked and was drawn to, however when I started at PSC  the photographer I wanted to become was different to the one I am now. PSC refined the vision I had for myself and my knowledge and inspirations broadened. I guess ultimately I hope the photographer I want to become constantly evolves and changes with time.
What has PSC taught you?
PSC has taught me so much, from technical aspects to information about the industry, It has really expanded my photographic knowledge. However the most beneficial thing PSC has given me is constant inspiration from the staff to push myself and my thinking.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a project called “The Pines” which documents a small town in Melbourne’s south-east. The town, once a pine plantation is now a community struggling to get by. A prevalent culture of drugs, violence and socioeconomic status cause harsh realities to be prominent. The work deals with ideas of escapism and struggling Australian sub culture and will be presented in book form at the end of the year. See Work In Progress 
What do you do when you are not taking photos?
When I’m not taking photos I like to play music or get outside and go camping. I’m normally taking photos though, or looking at them at least.
Do you have a dream job/shoot? 
Not really, my dream clients would be Time, The New York Times and The Guardian, as well as publications such as Aint-Bad and British Journal of Photography.
To see more of James’ work, follow him on Instagram, or take a look at his website.

Feature Friday 25th August 2017; 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 18th August 2017; Melissa Cachia

With quite a number of PSC students, past and present exhibiting at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale this year, we thought we would take a closer look at their work. Featured today, Friday the 18th of August is stage 2 Advanced Diploma of Photography student Melissa Cachia who will be having a solo exhibition titled ‘Frozen Flowers’ at The Elephant Patch (location) opening Saturday August 19th at 3pm.

Melissa Cachia, Frozen Flowers



Why did you decide to present this work?  
After a few inquiries, interest & sales of my frozen flowers series I decided that this was a good enough incentive to get them from the computer screen to print for exhibitions.
What got you started in photography?
I have always loved Photography, my late father & his partner were keen photographers  so after his passing I decided to take it further!
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
I love documenting events, exploring regional towns & markets, showcasing what they have to offer.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point? 
 Life is short. If you have a passion or interest-go for it  It is the best therapy.
What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
The Digi lab!!! Im still at layering the pizza stage!!lol
What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
Way too many to mention, meeting so many talented artists, the friendships that have been made, the tutors & the expertise they bring to class, just to name a few!
How has your style developed? 
Thinking outside the square in terms of  Photography, 2nd year has pushed me beyond just taking a “photo” it’s the image, processing & printing that I take into account now, how I want my audience to feel. Evoke emotions
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
Frozen Flowers, Yr2 Semester 1, This was a product of exploring my creative side encouraged by my tutor.
What are you working on at the moment?
My industry folio & personal expression folio
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Go to work (nursing) cooking, “thinking about my folio”, photography workshops!
Where do you find your motivation?
Not sure, I surprise myself most days lol
Who/what inspires you?
Many people inspire me, but mainly people who just get out there & pursues their dreams regardless of age & or capabilities!
What is your dream job/shoot?
To one day own a home studio & do freelance work. Did I mention a café/ gallery!!
Remember to head along to the festival-opening tomorrow- to see more work by other PSC students, including Kathryn Vinella and Sean Mc Donald’s exhibition , Sharon Hughes, Stella Nguyen, Marie Watt, Project 17 Collective, Todd Walker, Ian Kemp, and the PSC Alumni.

Melissa Cachia, Frozen Flowers

Feature Friday 4th August 2017; 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 28th July 2017: 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 21st July 2017: 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 14th July; Natalie Renee Vicari

Today, July 14th, we are featuring second year bachelor student Natalie Renee Vicari.

Natalie Vicari

What got you started in photography?
I had always really liked photography over other artistic mediums, but I didn’t get started photographing until I was 18 and got given my cousin’s old camera for my 18th.
When you started at PSC, did you have an idea of the kind of photographer you want to become?
I had a pretty broad idea of what kind of photography I wanted to do: mostly commercial-based stuff, like working for magazines. But after having many guest speakers in our first year, documentary photography, more specifically war journalism or political protests documentation has sparked an interest in me too.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned up to this point?
Honestly, learning how to actually use my camera properly. Since my third week back in first year at PSC, I’ve been using manual mode and have never touched the preset modes on my camera. The difference is astronomical. On a more serious note, I also learned that art is quite subjective and forgiving, as anything can be turned into an art project now if you can explain yourself eloquently and put in the effort.
What has been your most challenging moment at PSC so far?
Getting a grasp on the digital and editing aspect of photography and understanding what the different functions in Lightroom can do to an image, and pretty much everything I have learned in Photoshop.
What has been your most rewarding moment at PSC so far?
This year having the freedom to do a folio on any topic I choose, and having that creative freedom now, as opposed to last year, when I have a much better understanding of the medium and the ways in which I can manipulate it to speak my language.
How has your style developed? What have you noticed is different? Your aesthetic? Way of thinking? Approach?
I now try to think of multiple ways to visually portray what I want to say, and attempt all of those ways instead of just picking the most obvious, or the easiest of the options. I also feel as though I am a lot more methodical in my shooting: I always have a brainstorm for each shoot I do, and a clear idea, and most of the time, the steps I need to take to get to the end product.
So far, what body of work have you been most proud of?
I’m really proud of my first proper attempt at studio shots, particularly my studio portraits. Getting to work in the studio this year has really solidified my passion to pursue a photographic career in studio.

Natalie Vicari

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my folio, which is a series of 15 significant moments in my life, beginning at my parent’s separation, documenting my battle with depression and suicidal tendencies, to now being well into recovery and actually enjoying my life.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Most of the time, I’m on YouTube watching a range of different videos: everything from gaming, to baking and cooking, to compilations of funny X Factor auditions. I think I would like to one day take a swing at making YouTube videos, but for now I’m sticking to photography.
Where do you find your motivation?
It’s probably not the best source, but more often than not my motivation comes from looming deadlines. Sometimes knowing that the due date is closer makes your brain actually kick into gear to think of ideas and to execute them.
Who/what inspires you?
YouTube, music, movies and television are probably the most broad source of inspiration for me, but also a lot of the new artists I get introduced to through my classes at PSC are also incredibly eye-opening.
What is your dream job/shoot?
I would like to one day do a shoot with Victoria’s Secret, either at one of their fashion shows, or for one of their campaigns, with the VS Angels. I would also like to be the photographer on tour with one of my favourite musicians at some point in my career. Fingers crossed at least one of those come true!

Natalie Vicari