Spring is in the air and that means sunshine, blue skies and fun activities and now is the perfect time to get organised for 2019. If you have always been interested in photography (whether as a hobby or potential career change) but not sure where to start, join us at our upcoming
Stephanie Tuite started her Part Time photography course this year and when we asked her about her experiences at PSC, she was only too willing to fill us in on what it's like as an older student with a busy lifestyle, deciding to take a leap into the creative world of photography.
Topics: part time, part time photography, Photography Education, Advanced Diploma of Photography, Digital Photography, part time courses, Part Time Photography Course, Creative Photography Certificate, PSC Student, Pro Photography Certificate
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.
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
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 it’s 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 it’s 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.
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
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.
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.
Topics: student bios, Advanced Diploma of Photography, AIPP, Mentoring, Photojournalist, Victorian Photography Awards, David Callow, sports photography, Nish Paranavitana, Photography business, Award winning Photographer
Congratulations Agata Mayes!
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.
With a range of stunning work, our students have brought together family history, environmental issues, sports, fashion, and an array of people with stories so unique they often slip under the radar. Created by students in the Bachelor of Photography course, Advanced Diploma of Photography course, and the Pathway Program, our mid year exhibition is an amazing showcase of our talented and passionate students. Visit the college to see even more work!
This week we caught up with Advanced Diploma of Photography student Clare Delaney to learn about her journey here at PSC.
Today we are featuring final year Advanced Diploma of Photography student Leah Mitchell who is one of our many mature-age students. Leah's work has recently been picked up by Nude by Nature as she continues to experiment with studio lighting and product photography.