I’ve been a photographer for five years, but I’ve been a human my whole life.
In the time I’ve been working with a camera, I’ve also been learning a wide gamut of skills. Teaching myself aesthetic control – even though it revealed itself to be subtle and subjective – was vital to making pictures that accurately and fully reflect an experience. Mastering the technical skills needed to use my equipment has tested my patience as I fiddled with aperture and exposure. And dealing with the sometimes harsh and unfettered criticism of clients, mentors and other photographers has been an education of its own.
But of all the knowledge I’ve acquired, the most important realisation was that an understanding of humanity - while it won't get you all the way - remains the most significant attribute for being a good photographer.
Whether it’s photos of someone who excels in their job, people who are in love, old friends who know each other too well, a person who has been through trauma, or even just a scene with no life in it at all – pictures tell us something about who and what we are.
I want to capture that, and I want to have a good time while I’m doing it.
Already I’ve travelled around the country working on jobs like the Australian of the Day campaign for CommBank, won the SALA Young Artist of the Year award for 2015, had some fun clients like Optus, Adelaide City Council, HomeStart Finance, shot editorial for South Australian mags CityMag and the Adelaide Review, have photographed many beautiful weddings, and have taken countless pictures of my mates being adorable jerks. Just quietly, I feel I might be inching closer to surpassing my existing life highlight – that time I won an enormous cardboard cut-out of Big Bird in a colouring-in competition when I was eight.