Waiting is a big part of my working life as a photojournalist. Waiting to be contacted, waiting for permission, waiting for the light and waiting for the right moment to happen. Recently, I was waiting at a Timor Leste prison for permission to photograph the inmates. I sat behind the metal bars watching the sun going down hoping we could start taking pictures before it got too dark. Getting into a prison as a photographer is not always easy. Permission has to come from the guards, warden and often politicians, all of which takes time. Everyone has a vested interest in what I see and photograph except regrettably the prisoners themselves. Waiting was uncomfortable, the buckled chair wobbled and threatened to collapse each time I moved. Across the compound I could see men with the word prisoner, emblazoned in bold letters on their shirts. I’ve photographed prisons in other countries. Sometimes it’s easy to get in and on other occasions I’ve waited days, weeks, even months to be told no, I can’t come in. Once when I was at a prison in the Philippines a guard with a gun strapped across his chest, performed karaoke for me as I waited to meet the prisoners. On this occasion I was lucky. I got permission, passed security, went through the gates and then I waited for the prisoners, also the captive audience of the guard’s karaoke via loudspeakers. A poorly performed Elvis Presley numbers doesn’t make waiting any easier!
Photography Studies College celebrates International Women’s Day, 8 March with a Photography Exhibition titled ‘reverie’ featuring work by female students and graduates. For the 6th year in a row the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre has invited PSC to exhibit in the foyer of their building, ground floor 210 Queen street Melbourne.This year marks the 107th INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY.
Mandarine Montgomery is a Melbourne based photographic artist and Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. She joined the PSC team in December 2017 in the role of Communications and Future Students Co Ordinator. She has worked in many genres of photography, but her passion lies in conceptual fine art portraits and live music photography. Here she gives her top ten tips for nailing a gig shoot.