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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

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

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

Mid Year Exhibition review

Posted by Social Media on 27/10/2017 4:23:43 PM

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!

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Topics: bachelor of photography, Commercial, Advanced Diploma of Photography, Art, Documentary, Feature, Gallery, Students

Feature Friday 20th October 2017; Clare Delaney

Posted by Social Media on 20/10/2017 9:38:31 AM

This week we caught up with Advanced Diploma of Photography student Clare Delaney to learn about her journey here at PSC.

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Topics: Advanced Diploma of Photography, Art, Feature, Students

Feature Friday 22 September 2017; Leah Mitchell

Posted by Social Media on 22/09/2017 1:33:10 PM

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.

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Topics: Commercial, Advanced Diploma of Photography, Feature, Students

Feature Friday 8th September 2017; Luke Rush

Posted by Social Media on 08/09/2017 1:15:11 PM

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.

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Topics: Commercial, Advanced Diploma of Photography, Feature, Students

Feature Friday 25th August 2017; Anne McCallum

Posted by Social Media on 25/08/2017 1:23:51 PM
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.
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Topics: Advanced Diploma of Photography, Feature, Students

Feature Friday 18th August 2017; Melissa Cachia

Posted by Social Media on 18/08/2017 10:32:30 AM

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.

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Topics: Advanced Diploma of Photography, Exhibition, Feature, Students

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