I took this shot for a local newspaper distributed by Torch Publishing around the Earlwood/Canterbury area called The Valley Times a couple of weeks ago. It ran with a story about the bat counts in Wolli Creek Valley, and for all those aware I have been making a work out in Wolli Creek Valley this year and met some members of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society along the way, and hence became involved in photographing this bat count session to run with the article.
First time I've ever been printed in a newspaper. It's always just fun seeing my name, I will never get over how awesome it is getting credit for something you put some much time, energy and passion into.
This was pretty easy to organise, seeing as I only had to shoot and then submit the best photos to the WCPS, and the editor chose the photo they preferred. I'm happy with how it came out.
Taken on my friends camera because it has much better low-light capabilities then the 30D. Two exposures (one under exposed, one ever exposed), masking, and that's how the magic happened.
I did this CD art work in 2008. It was the first thing that ever really happened with my photographs. It's CD art for a CD that a small record label, Et Cetera, in Amsterdam put out all over Europe. They were kind enough to mail me a copy (seeing as I did the job pro bono and all...)
They contacted me through flickr after seeing this photo on there. The photo's of my friend Tim at a gelato shop in Leichardt in the summer of 08, in what is now known as his infamous teeth t-shirt (I told him not to buy it, it was so scene). So they contacted me, it was the first time someone ever wanted to use my work for anything, I emailed them the photo, and they told me they'd send me a copy when it was finished. That's all there really was to it. So to everyone who scoffs at flickr... shut your face, it's done some very cool things for me and people I know.
It's still exciting to look at for me. I was never a massive fan of this particular photo, but that's usually the way it works for me. Seeing your name is print is always the first part. It's all about credit.
The 2009 Google Photography Prize was probably one of the better things to happen to me. It's only now, over a year later, that I realise just how awesome it actually was to be a finalist, only 1 of 36 chosen worldwide and the only Australian finalist as well.
A little about the premise of it:
- The Google Photography Prize is a global competition for students to create themes for iGoogle, run in collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery London. We received over 3500 entries from 82 countries. The public voted to select the 6 finalists from a shortlist of 36 entries.
- Enter your portfolio of five digital photos that together will make up the iGoogle theme.
- The shortlist: 36 shortlisted entries will be turned into iGoogle themes, shown on Google and put to public vote.
- Each of your five photographs will display at different points in the day as the iGoogle theme changes dynamically over time.
Those were the 5 photos (cropped to specifications provided) that I entered, literally on a whim one day before I headed off to uni. I never really thought anything of it until I found out I was shortlisted. I think it's important to mention that while it was a student competition, the winner was a professional photographic artist who just happened to be studying at the time. What the fuck was with that, Google. Just saying. And his shots were so depressing, I can't imagine anyone opting for the shots of P.O.W camps for their iGoogle theme. Maybe it's just me.
ANYWAY. It was a very cool competition, I got a great piece written about me over at yenmag.net which isn't there anymore because they've re-designed their site, but don't you worry I screen capped that shit. I was also on the Nylon mag website, interviewed for the official Google Australia blog, it convinced Frankie magazine to invite me to be a part of their first ever photo book (after a weird email I sent them, but that's another story), and ELLEgirl Korea got in touch with me to contribute to a story and I've contributed twice more since then.
Moral of the story, nothing ever comes back to you if you don't put yourself out there. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. So send someone you admire your photos. Enter a competition. Submit some shots to a magazine you love. Throw them up on flickr. DO SOMETHING. There is no point having hundreds of amazing photos sitting on your hard drive and no one looking at them.
The internet is an amazing thing. Utilise it.
The internet is an amazing thing. Utilise it.
These next few posts deviate from the format of the whole blog, but whatevs.
Probably the most exciting thing in the past couple of years for me has been seeing my photos in magazines. I personally find it much more fun then exhibiting. Possibly because I don't have to spend any money or deal with the stress of printing and my work still gets to be seen.
I've only been published four times, three of those times by the same publication (ELLEgirl Korea), but I thought I'd put up photos of the spreads and the accompanying interviews and write a little bit about my experience with each brief.
This was the first time I'd worked with ELLEgirl Korea. I got an email from their features editor, Na Rang Kim, through my facebook of all places when I was in Paris a couple of days after I found out I didn't make it into the finals of the 2009 Google Photography Prize. She'd seen my work in the competition and wanted to know if I was willing to contribute to the August Summer issue. The premise of the brief was something like 'The Summer Photographers Love (World Student's Photographs of Summer).'
I had to send in:
- 2-3 photos of myself
- 8-9 photos about summer
- Explanation each photograph
- Response to the interview questions
I was mostly happy with the way my part ran. I know not everyone can have a whole page or whole half page to themselves. I only had 3 of my photos run, but they're 3 I loved and still love.
Actually I also remember there being a massive mix up with the deadline and Na Rang gave me the wrong date and then flipped out at me when I didn't send my stuff to her on time. Wasn't much I could do seeing as I was in Paris, but it all worked out in the end.
And because the interview above is in Korean, click below for the interview in English (it's seriously long, I wonder what parts they cut for the article. I will never know).
One day out of boredom more then anything I decided to send Frankie a link to my flickr accompanied by something alone of the lines of 'my photos are awesome, you will love them, just let me know when you want to use them.' Honestly what was I even thinking. A couple of months later, to my absolute shock and amazement, I got an email from Louise Bannister, co-finder of Frankie mag, asking if they could use the photo above (on the left) for a photo book the magazine were putting together. Pretty sure I responded with a 'fuck yes you most certainly can.'
My back and forths with Louise were simple and stress-free. She sent me an interview to fill out, a statement by supplier form to fill out (get money, get PAID. It was $80, if you're interested), and just basic info about image resolution etc etc. So easy, sent all my stuff off, had to wait until the book was printed to get paid, got sent my free copy, done and done.
While I'm obviously stoked with the end result, they did stretch my photo. I understand why it had to happen and I know it might not be obvious, but I can tell. It's also printed a little muddy-looking but that's just the paper stock they've used. (*NOTE: I have since tried printing this photo myself and it is REALLY HARD. Kudos to Frankie, they clearly did an amazing job). Loved the grab they used from my interview too. Devastated India's dog poo drama didn't make it to print but we can't have everything we want.
A couple of months after the last issue of ELLEgirl Korea ran, Na Rang Kim contacted me again to see if I wanted to contribute to another story she was putting together. This brief was about your favourite place and it could be anywhere, indoors or out.
I chose to photograph swimming pool steps. It was the end of spring, it was getting really hot, and I'd been swimming for a couple of weeks and shooting pools so it seemed like the obvious choice for me.
There were soooo many changes to this brief as it progressed, really irritating. I got an email from Na Rang saying now they wanted us to submit photos of not only the space, but us within the space. And then another email saying that they preferred landscape photos. I finally got it done and submitted probably around 6 photos for them to chose from, as well as the interview. This is probably my favourite interview of the 7 I've ever done.
There was something about the placement of my image on the page I really didn't like in this spread. It just annoys me on a whole other level. I know that my choice of place is really different to everyone else's in the story, but I knew everyone would be choosing their desk, their bed, their couch etc etc and I always like to go against the grain if I can/if I'm bothered/if I have the balls.
Click below for the interview.
This issue just arrived yesterday, literally still fresh.
Na Rang emailed me 4 weeks ago, letting me know that she was preparing an article with the premise "Colours of Cities." Basically the story is about how when you travel you can remember the city as representing one colour, for example Croatia’s red roof, London’s gray weather, Japanese students in black school uniforms, etc etc, you get the idea.
All I had to do was identify the colour of a city I'd been to and send Na Rang:
- 2-3 photos of the city that represent the colour
- The completed interview
I chose Paris and identified its colour as green. Explanation as to why in the interview after the jump.
I don't think I've said it yet but I really hate filling out interviews. Really really really hate it. I hate it even when the questions of good, but I hate it more when the questions are terrible. The questions for this story were more then terrible, and I think the translation from Korean to English really murdered them. I can't even begin to say how awful my responses are, I couldn't even work up the courage to post it on my personal blog. I remember filling it out on the night of the deadline, I'd just had an exhausting day of shooting, and I didn't care anymore because most of what I was saying was going to get lost in translation anyway. That's my reasoning and I'm sticking to it.
I also don't think I've mentioned at this point that I get Mariam to edit all my interviews before I send them out. Seriously, she's such a trooper (although I really know she loves it). She makes corrections and suggestions and assures me things aren't as bad as I'm imagining. She also casts an eye over the photos I send in. Life saver.This marks the first time ever I've been 100% happy with how my photos has been selected, printed, and placed in any of the times I've been published. ELLEgirl even selected my photo to represent the story in the contents page. Bananas. Loves it.
Don't love this interview.