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First Year student Jacob Pattison | Why he decided to transfer Universities to study what he loves!

Posted by Social Media on 15/10/2018 5:23:00 PM

 

We sat down with current first-year student Jacob Pattison to have a chat about why he decided to transfer universities to study something he loves. 

Did you study photography or media at school?

I didn’t actually study art or media subjects at Secondary school. I always enjoyed photography especially photojournalism. I took up photography on my own initiative, learning bit by bit and experimenting.

What were you hoping to study when you left school?

After leaving school I actually went and studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at a public university. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the course and always loved photography. So after 6 months I decided to follow my passion. I withdrew from my course and started researching different photography courses.

So you were looking at a few different options for photography?

Yes, I was looking into PSC and a public university that offers photography. I was originally wanting to do a Bachelor of Arts and minoring in photography, but then decided that I wanted to purely focus on photography. I knew if I really wanted to emerge myself in the industry then doing a Bachelor of Arts, with photography as a minor probably wouldn't be enough.

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Final Year BA Student Sally Kaack on Creating with freedom

Posted by Social Media on 10/10/2018 4:54:00 PM

We caught up with  final year BA student, Sally Kaack in between preparing for her final folio and getting the wheels in motion for the end of year graduate year exhibition, "INLIGHT" scheduled for November! We asked Sally a few questions about her journey to date.

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PSC course Director goes global!

Posted by Social Media on 26/09/2018 4:05:00 PM
This week our Higher Education Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith heads off to Europe and Asia, during his trip he will be attending events in Germany, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Spread from Unseen Magazine (featuring Mac Lawrence’s work).
 
Daniel will be a special guest at the Photoszene Festival and the Photokina Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany. He has been especially invited by the North-Rhone Westphalia Culture Secretariat to be part of the International Visitors Programme -  He will attend a number of exhibitions and events and will meet Germany’s leading photographic curators, publishers and artists during his visit.
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Monica Wilmott | Why she chose to Study at PSC ?

Posted by Social Media on 20/09/2018 5:00:00 PM

 "I liked that it  was a small community and photography focused, that was a huge plus. Most of all knowing it was not ATAR score based really took the pressure off me. It suited my way of learning and achieving."

Monica Wilmott is full of passion and enthusiam for photography. We checked in to see how she is doing and reflect on the past few years as a student at PSC.

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Had you always wanted to study photography?
I’ve always had a keen interest in photography.  When I was 5 years old I got my very first camera and loved experimenting. At 16 I had an awesome opportunity with my Scouts Club to document a 3-week long trip to Adelaide.  It was a fun paparazzi project, we had to meet an assignment brief that was given to us by the club and the results were eventually published in the Scouts Newsletter. The big buzz was seeing my images featured in the newsletter with my name on it! I really enjoyed the entire experience and most of all having my work out there for all to see. From then on, I knew what I wanted to study photography.

So was photography all you were considering in year 12?
Well my school wasn't as supportive as I hoped. I knew I wanted to do photography regardless of the lack of encouragement from my careers teacher who was guiding me into more academic areas of study and that just wasn't me.

There were times I just looked at what was happening on the PSC website and I just wanted to go there. I applied through VTAC and the relief was knowing it wasn't  ATAR score based and that took the pressure off me.

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Busting the myth: There are no jobs in photography?

Posted by Social Media on 04/09/2018 5:05:06 PM

We would like to focus on a phrase that we at PSC have all heard before. You may have been told this from an influencer in your life or you may have even said it yourself, “there are no jobs in photography”. Or, “there is no stability in a career as a creative.” So, we thought it was about time that we bust this myth wide open...

 

The cold hard facts…

Australia’s creative and digital industries – of which photography is an integral part – are two of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Creative and digital industries represent $90 billion to the economy and employ over 6.2% of the Australian workforce, which is more than mining and agriculture (source: joboutlook.gov.au). 

In 2017, 15 700 people were employed in the photography industry alone. Of those, 57.8% of those jobs were in a full-time capacity. This does not include freelance photographers that may have also received the equivalent of a full-time workload. The job outlook website states that the photography industry as a growing sector and predicts there to be significant job growth in the next 5 years.

  

 

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PSC Tutor, Alana Holmberg reporting for the Guardian from Vanuatu

Posted by Social Media on 13/08/2018 4:46:00 PM

'Residents of the island in Vanuatu have been forced from their homes by an erupting volcano, not knowing when they will return'

Two young boys from Maemo watch the evacuees, by Alana Holmberg

'Two young boys from Maewo watch as the first evacuees from Ambae disembark the ship at Narovrovo, a black pebble beach in the south of the island.'

A must read picture essay by PSC Lecturer Alana Holmberg on "Leaving Ambae: where evacuation is a way of life". Follow the link to read and see more of Alana's captivating documentary on the impact of the volcano, Monaro Voui in The Guardian.

Residents from nearby villages gather with their belongings on beach near Lone, West Ambae awaiting evacuation to Santo. Photograph: Alana Holmberg for the Guardian

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Missed Open Day? Every Day is Open Day at PSC!

Posted by Social Media on 09/08/2018 5:42:00 PM

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In case you missed our annual Open Day on Sunday 5 August, here are just some of the highlights that made it such an inspirational day for all who attended.
We had a full house exploring our creative campus and our visitors came from near and far - including Horsham!
There was a great energy throughout the day as our super students and staff shared all the reasons they love being part of our unique College here at PSC! 
 
Our Alumni Q&A session ‘Busting the myth: There are no jobs in photography?' was a great success!! 

Alumni Panel

As aspiring photographers we have all been told many times that there are no jobs in photography! Or, that there is no stability in a career as a creative! But this session, led by Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith,  introduced our captivated audience to the diverse and exciting range of successful careers our Alumni have pursued since graduating. Each shared their journeys and the importance of the mentorship program, and the business and entrepreneurship subjects they studied throughout the Bachelor of Photography.  
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TSUKA' - curated by PSC’s Dr.Kristian Haggblom at the Centre for Contemporary Photography

Posted by Social Media on 20/06/2018 4:50:32 PM
 
Tsuka: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography 
Curator: Dr. Kristian Häggblom
Gallery: Centre for Contemporary Photography
Dates: June 8th - July 15th
 
Out the back of Ueno Park and beside the pond, one can find a stone monolith, a ‘tsuka’ for sewing needles. The monument was donated and erected by local seamstresses’ to commemorate sewing needles they have worn out and hence discarded. ‘Tsuka’ is an ancient and complex Japanese term that has several meanings. Its simplest and most commonly used makes reference to a mound or hill, a pile of dirt. This mound of heaped earth is not a natural formation, but rather created through human intervention. These physical pilings are usually associated with burial and entombment, for the purposes of worship and/or mourning. Another more complex layer to this term refers to the mound as an ‘atonement tombstone’ for animals or objects that humans have thrown away or treated harshly often for their own purposes. These ‘tsuka’ sites scatter the landscape of Japan and act as physical totems and metaphoric signifiers for empathy, alleviation and possible subsequent atonement. ‘Tsuka’ therefore act as a milestone between ‘this world’ and ‘the after world’ a physical space to project invisible human aspirations, hopes and guilt. 
Tsuka is an exhibition of contemporary Japanese photography and a selection of associated photobooks. The project uses these ‘tsuka’ monuments as the starting point for visual suka  is an exhibition of contemporary Japanese photography and a selection of associated photobooks  investigations by a selection of artists that work with still and moving photography and the photobook. The artists in this project make both literal and lateral responses to the notion of ‘tsuka’, ultimately addressing the question: is the act of taking, making and exhibiting photographs, a form of ‘tsuka’ in its own right?
 
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Congratulations to Part Time Student Luke David!

Posted by Mandarine Montgomery on 18/06/2018 4:45:33 PM

Part Time PSC student, Luke David has made it into the latest issue of Capture Magazine’s Top 20 Emerging, Australian Photographers, 2018 in the Travel Category! Luke is currently in his first year at PSC and is studying the 40 week Pro Photography Certificate. 

We sat down with Luke to ask him what has helped contribute to his success.

Congratulations Luke! You are fairly new to photography so what inspired you to take it up?

"Thanks. What inspired me to take up photography was actually travelling. I try to go overseas every year and was taking hundreds of the usual tourist point and shoot, snap shots. I work in retail and there was a really great camera on sale a few years ago that I bought with the idea to take some “proper shots”. I went to the USA the next year and shot everything on auto. Some images worked, some didn’t, but I was getting really inspired just the same. Then before a trip to Japan, I decided “RIGHT! I am going to learn how to use this camera" So I downloaded all the info, read all the blogs and watched all the videos and when I started taking shots in Japan, I started to really love it. I put some images into a few competitions and they did well. I got really excited about creating images and wanted to learn more and more."

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One Piece Of Advice

Posted by Peter Hatzipavlis on 11/09/2017 3:07:10 PM

Indispensable pointers and advice from women photojournalists who’ve seen and done it all

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