Today (May 26th) we caught up with former PSC student Mathew Molloy who is currently in Europe with his camera.
What got you started in photography?
I always loved photography as a kid but never had the chance to do anything about it. When I returned to Australia after living abroad I had the chance and decided to jump in and give it a go.
When you first started at PSC, what kind of photographer did you imagine you would become?
I think at that stage I was just hoping that I could be a professional photographer shooting anything, but I love shooting people so it was always going to be related around fashion and portraits.
What is the most beneficial thing you have learned?
I think to take nothing for granted in life or in your career, the smallest thing can impact both be it positive or negative. It’s how you respond to that action that will set you apart.
What was your most challenging moment at PSC?
I was studying part time and to be honest the photography side of things I always felt in control of, but the lack of time to polish off a concept to the standard I would be happy to submit was the tough one, and I do admit that work was submitted that I wouldn’t want to be seen today.
What was your most rewarding moment at PSC?
I don’t know that I can pinpoint one moment, but the most rewarding moments for me were looking at a folio first presented to my classmates and comparing it to a completed folio at the end of semester and taking in the transformation.
How has your style developed?
Everyone tends to put a lot of emphasis on style in photography. I like to shoot clean, crisp images, is that a style? Maybe, maybe not. I would like to think my style is adaptable to my clients needs.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have just completed back to back fashion weeks in Europe and now have a few editorial shoots for a spring/summer magazine publications.
What do you do when you’re not taking photos?
Look at photos other photographers have taken, I know, soooo bad!
I love to travel and spending time with my family.
Where do you find your motivation?
On the street in everyday situations. Seeing the little old lady crossing the road holding hands with her hunched over husband, both so neatly dressed. Taking in the architecture when I go for a walk. Going to art galleries, Instagram, everywhere.
Who/What inspires you?
In regards to photography, there are so many great fashion photographers like Richard Avedon, but I tend to be more inspired by photographers like Khalil Hamra, who is trying to make a difference for his people and country by taking pictures that tell a story of change needed. James Nachtwey is also amazing and much more recognised, both as equally brave and courageous.