Agata Mayes Award Winning Part Time PSC Student Shares Her Journey

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 16/05/2018 6:26:00 PM

 

Agata Mayes, is currently finishing her Advanced Diploma of Photography at Photography Studies College. She recently was awarded AIPP Victorian Emerging Photographer of the Year 2018. She took some time out of her busy day to answer some questions about her journey so far:

Were you surprised by your win?

Yes, I didn’t expect it. Before I started at PSC, I used to shoot newborn but found it to be not creative enough and decided to take one year off to find a joy in my creative process again. I decided to be 100% honest with myself and create what is in my head; no boundaries, no expectations. I didn’t want to enter competitions at this stage and to be fair, I wouldn’t have entered if not for PSC. Entry to the awards was necessary as part of my course and I’m very grateful for the process and outcome

When did you decide you wanted to do photography?

Photography has been my passion since a very early age. As a child I watched my dad develop films in our bathroom and I was fascinated with this process. I had not considered photography as a profession at this stage. I graduated in Informatics in 2003 and started my career in the Aviation Sector. After a few years in a highly stressful environment I decided to completely change my life direction. I went back to my passions and photography has been my life ever since. 

What inspires your images and ideas?

Concepts for my series comes from my huge interest in psychology and philosophy. My first series “Inside The Mind” was created to explore the sensation of unexplained, severe fear. My second series called ’Sleeping Humanity” was inspired by a book by Colin P.Sisson which portrays people being in a hypnotic state though their lives.

I read a lot and have music playing while I create. Having a written concept and visual diary is very important, along with music and no expectations. These all create a lovely creative flow. In being creative, its very important to figure out the “what” and “why”. The “how” is the last one and you will figure it out in the end. I tend to avoid looking at other artists for inspiration in concepts, other than things like tone, texture and colour.


Do you have a top “go to” if you have creative block?

Stop trying! Stop putting pressure on yourself! In my case blocks come from unresolved emotions and my perfectionism. I take a day off and calm myself if I need to. 

How has studying helped you with your goals and image making?

The tutors at PSC are incredible. Neil Stanyer especially, helped me with the conceptual side of photography. I understood that creating beautiful images is not enough and he taught us to use photography as a medium to communicate.  The tutors bring the best out of you instead of imposing you to do something. They embrace and encourage your style.

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Topics: Part Time Course, Victoria Epson Professional Photography Awards, Advanced Diploma of Photography, AIPP, fine art photography, PSC open day, Agata Mayes, Award winning Photographer, AIPP Emerging Photographer

PSC student James Bugg wins the $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

Posted by Vicki Bell on 10/05/2018 3:20:51 PM

Photo: Louise Kennerley for The Sydney Morning Herald

It is with great pride that PSC announces our 2017 final year student James Bugg has been awarded the $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize for 2018 for his portrait titled Zach.

Of James’ photography, and his subject Zach, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize judge Jon Jones had this to say:
“...a beautifully observed, subtle and thought provoking contemporary portrait. His direct gaze and awkward stance, surrounded by the discarded pots and garden ornaments that speak of a different time, offers a glimpse of Australian society rarely visible.” 
The portrait is part of a wider series 'The Pines' which James completed as part of his Bachelor of Photography degree last year at PSC.
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Topics: Bachelor of Art Photography, photojounalism, Award winning Photographer, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, James Bugg

Joshua Holko explores the 'Wild Life' of a Photographer

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 07/05/2018 3:17:56 PM

Joshua Holko, successful award winning wild life photographer and Global Arctic Photographer of the year 2015, was recently awarded AIPP Victorian Documentary Photographer of the Year 2018 for his exquisite wildlife images shot in the most remote and harsh regions of our planet. Joshua started his photographic journey at Photography Studies College many years ago, completing the first semester of the Advanced Diploma (the 20 week Creative Photography Certificate) before embarking on a lifelong career doing what he loves. Joshua, took some time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions about his journey.

Image: Joshua Holko APP M.Photog I 2018 AIPP Victorian Documentary Professional Photographer of the Year

What have been your favourite moments on the job?

In the business of photography you are shooting 2% of your time and the rest is running a business. For me its the 2%, being out on the ice with the polar bears, with nature. The rest of it is just waiting. Steve McQueen once said racing is life and everything else is just waiting around, and its like that with photography for me. 

When I'm not out on the ice, I am just counting days until I will next be back doing what I love most.

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Topics: Travel Photography, Advanced Diploma of Photography, AIPP, alumni, Part Time Photography Course, Photography business, Award winning Photographer, Creative Photography Certificate, Joshua Holko, Photography expeditions

Kicking Goals at the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Game

Posted by Vicki Bell on 03/05/2018 10:08:00 AM

Final Year Advanced Diploma of Photography student Nish Paranavitana had a chance to kick some of his own goals recently. Nish is majoring in commercial photography, with a keen interest in sports photography. Recently he met up with renowned sports photojournalist and PSC Tutor, David Callow. Here Nish shares his photographic journey and the value of a mentor relationship.

18 Rebs v Hurricanes 1360Li Photo of Nish by David Callow

What got you started in photography?

I loved sport as a kid and was always flicking through sports magazines, mainly to look at the photographs, rather than reading the articles. I’d always thought how cool it would be to be a sports photographer and to capture great sporting moments. I was lucky enough that my Dad bought me an SLR when I was 15, but then when I finished school and wanted to do a photography course, he said it wasn’t the kind of career that I should be aiming for. At that stage I didn’t have the courage to chase my dream and so I took another road. There is a long story that follows from here but it took me another 27 years before I finally enrolled myself into a course and followed my passion for photography.

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Topics: student bios, Advanced Diploma of Photography, AIPP, Mentoring, Photojournalist, Victorian Photography Awards, David Callow, sports photography, Nish Paranavitana, Photography business, Award winning Photographer

Master Of Arts Photography Info Night 9 May 2018

Posted by Daniel Boetker-Smith on 30/04/2018 2:35:06 PM

The Photography Studies College Masters programme is underway and our students are currently working with their Mentors – a unique part of the programme where we pair students up with high-profile photographers in Australia and internationally for an extended period of time to help them with their projects. This semester our Mentors include: Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan), Melinda Gibson (UK), Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore), Rohan Hutchison (Australia), Mathieu Asselin (France/Venezuela).Over the next few weeks we will be featuring each one of our Mentors, and telling you more about their work.

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Topics: Event, Mentoring, Master Of Arts Photography, Robert Zhao Renhui, Information Night, International Mentors

Steph Doran shares her perspective of life in Japan

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 26/04/2018 2:50:36 PM

Meet Steph Doran, our wonderful Japanese based, Australian Photography guide. Steph is a successful Commercial Photographer, fluent in the Japanese language and culture. She is a passionate advocate for empowering people with the skills and knowledge to create beautiful imagery with their cameras. Steph will be accompanying us on our Discover Japan Tour this September, here she gives us a perspective of life in Japan.

What are your favourite thing to do on the weekend or in the evenings in Japan?

I'm glad you started with an easy question- my absolute favourite thing is to go to izakaya with my friends. An izakaya is a kind of Japanese pub, but it's nothing like the pubs we have back in Australia, and the experience is completely different. Back home, I never really liked "going out" or drinking, but going to an izakaya has become one of my favourite ways to unwind. The reason is, you are really there for the atmosphere, and the focus isn't just on alcohol. At an izakaya, of course you can enjoy a drink, but it's also a prime place to sample a variety of small dishes, both traditional and sometimes very modern (and let's be honest, the real reason I go there is to eat!) My flatmate and I love exploring back-street izakaya, especially if we can stumble across tiny hole-in-the-wall type places. Izakaya are best visited in the evening, so if it's still daytime, I love finding some nature and just getting out of the city for a while.

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Topics: Travel Photography, steph doran, Japan, Dr Michael Coyne, Discover Japan Tour, photojounalism

Introducing Master's Programme Mentor, Melinda Gibson

Posted by Daniel Boetker-Smith on 24/04/2018 10:11:41 AM

 

Our Masters Of Arts -Photography programme continues to gain momentum with our second featured Mentor, Melinda Gibson.

Melinda is based in London and is currently a Lecturer in Photography at Camberwell College of Arts. She was nominated for the Meijburg Art Commission in 2015, Foam Paul Huf Award in 2015 and 2014, selected as one of the Jury members for the Unseen Dummy Award 2013 and winner of the Foam Talent Call and Magenta Foundation Award in 2010.

Gibson exhibits and is published internationally. Selected shows include: The Smoke House Performance, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, WOW Festival, Southbank Centre, Rien Que Pour Vos Yeux/ For Your Eyes Only at Rose Gallery in Santa Monica, Beijing Silvermine at Galerie Paris Beijing, The Constructed View: UK Photography Now at Dong Gang Museum of Photography, South Korea, Houston Centre of Photography, Centro del arte Contemporáneo de Cadiz Spain, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, ACP in Sydney, Flowers Gallery, Quad Gallery as well as exhibitions in Pittsburg, Hamburg, Turku Finland and Amsterdam.

Selected publications include, Nowness, AnOther Magazine, BJP, Objektiv, MB! By Mercedes Benz, Foam Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, AOP, Independent, The Photographer’s Playbook by Aperture and Magenta Foundations 10th Anniversary Top 100 UK Photographers. Her work was included in Aperture’s new title ‘SPBH – A DIY Manual’ and ‘Beg, Steal, Borrow’ edited by Robert Shaw.

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Light to Get it Right

Posted by Michael Coyne on 18/04/2018 12:42:03 PM

The Chilean piper played patiently while we waited for the light to be in the right place. I had allowed an extra  day on this assignment to research the location and determine the best time to make the image.

I arrived a lot earlier than I needed too, a habit I acquired early in my career from watching other photographers  at work. As a young man I assisted a National Geographic Photographer on a project. He asked me to get to the location early in the morning and I thought I had but he was already at there when I arrived, planning and preparing. By the time the talent arrived and the sun was rising, the photographer had everything in place        and was ready to shoot the image.

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Topics: documentary photography, Travel Photography, Photography Tips, Mentoring, Dr Michael Coyne, photojounalism, Fuji Cameras

World Press Photo Award

Posted by Jim Davidson on 16/04/2018 4:25:28 PM
This weekend saw the conclusion of the World Press Photo Awards 2018 held on 13-14 April at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

The winning image of ‘the burning man’ (above) taken by Ronaldo Schemidt from Venezuela as part of a series of images documenting the Venezuela Crisis of 2017 was a popular choice. Ronaldo, who works for Agence France-Presse, is based in Mexico. During his presentation and panel discussion at WPP with his fellow Venezuela based AFP photographer Juan Barreto, he presented images of the lead up to the events documented in his winning image, and spoke of the risks to the photographer placed in an undeclared  ‘civil war’. The victim suffered 70% burns to his body and remains alive and hidden in his home country.

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Topics: documentary photography, Documentary, Photojournalist, David Callow, world press award, sports photography, photojounalism, image makers seminar series, In the Press

PSC Student Wins 2018 AIPP Victorian Emerging Photographer of the Year!

Posted by Vicki Bell on 13/04/2018 3:50:18 PM

Congratulations Agata Mayes!

Last night the prestigious Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Victorian Professional Photography Awards sponsored by Epson, was held at Eleven40 Studio and Gallery in Melbourne.

Over 900 entries were received in 16 categories with the standards exceptionally high this year and the awards fiercely coveted. In presenting the awards last night, the Victorian President of the AIPP, Vanessa Macauley, herself a graduate of PSC, said how encouraged the Institute was to see that almost half of the entrants were students.

Agata Mayes, a final year Advanced Diploma student swept up the AIPP 2018 Emerging Photographer of the Year category with a series of emotive and surreal images. Agata’s photography explores the fragility of the human condition with sensitivity and she draws inspiration from classical painting and music to create her mystical and inspiring images.

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Topics: Advanced Diploma of Photography, AIPP, fine art photography, Agata Mayes, VPPYs, Victorian Photography Awards

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