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UP Magazine is created to help promote up and coming artists in Townsville and Queensland – made by artists that are up and coming themselves. It is a showcase and directory that we wish will help spread knowledge about the lesser-known artists just emerging into the creative world – and help others in a way we ourselves would like to be helped. We are showcasing their work and providing a short bio and contact information. Use this directory and these artists for all they are worth – they are the future of the creative community. Editor: Sandra Heier Evensen Additional staff: Ann Kristin Oland Elisabeth Retteraasen Monica Øvrelid Megan Runge Talei Nuttall Portraits by Monica Øvrelid Contact us on: email@example.com
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JASMINE MARTIN I am a varied artist, with my artistic inquiry mainly incorporating women and nature. My work demonstrates an art nouveau-inspired vision that weaves illustrative and expressive line work in a pleasant style that has been described as visually and emotionally satisfying. In my current drawing practice I choose to explore the observed, and the imagined; the combination of what I see in front of me, life drawing and what I visualize to be there.
firstname.lastname@example.org www.jasminejmartin.com What are your influences? The decorative elements and motifs from the Art Nouveau period, nature and the human face and body.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? As well as full time University, as part of my subjects I am working on a collaborative project between myself and three other third year students. We are developing a middle grade fiction illustrated electronic storybook, The Journey of Brannue, which will be published and launched in November this year.
How would you describe your style? “My work demonstrates an art nouveau-inspired vision which weaves illustrative and expressive line work in a pleasant style that has been described as visually and emotionally satisfying” – Jasmine Martin, Artist Statement Describe yourself in three words. Head in clouds.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? I would congratulate them! I believe it is important to be passionate about something.
What are your plans for your future? Next year I plan on sitting my Honours year, and developing a project that will take a practical approach, as well as I’ll be doing a lot of illustrating and painting!
What would be your dream job? Ideally I would love to lecture in drawing and illustration at a University, but I also have many other dream jobs that I wish to work towards in the creative sector.
What materials do you work with? Pigment pens, black spectrum ink, watercolours, paint, charcoal, pastels, graphite, gouache, and my digital painting tablet. Sometimes I will combine a traditional method of working with a digital method, by scanning my drawing into the computer and painting in Photoshop.
How would you like people to perceive your work? I would like my work to be critical and provocative, but also thought provoking. I want people to be able to think and form their own opinion and response from my drawings, without being forced or told to think a certain way.
Do you have a favourite thing to draw/snap? For me it is women and nature. At the moment my artistic inquiry involves integrating the imagined scene with the observed figure, or vice versa.
How long do you spend on each artwork? This does vary a lot because it depends on a number of things. I can spend as short as 5 – 10 minutes on a work, and as long as 40 – 60 hours.
Did you study your field/self-taught? I was initially self-taught, but at the moment I am in my final year at University, studying a Bachelor of New Media Arts with Visual Art as my major.
Do you come from an artistic family? Yes I do, very much! My mother is an established music teacher and pianist, but my father’s side of the family in particular was very talented.
I am an artist/illustrator/designer that works with digital and mixed media paintings. The scenes within my art are often macabre and bloody: containing women, monsters or some form of physical ailment. I am inspired by many illustrators within the music and video game industries, the art of dark fantasy painter Brom, the horror writings of H.P. Lovecraft and the controversial films of Jรถrg Buttgereit. My paintings are created with a combination of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and a wide range of weird traditional mediums. Their fine-lined details separate focal-points from the surrounding chaos of movement, mess and gore.
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What are your influences? I’m always looking for new influences; I don’t feel comfortable being inspired by only a small range of artists. I’d say I’m influenced not only by my favourite artists (such as Gerald Brom and Keith Thompson) but also very much by writing and film. I’m greatly inspired by horror and many of the more controversial films I’ve seen.
hidden meaning that only I know about, I’ve started actually telling the truth in my descriptions lately but if I can still sneak something in I’ll do it. I also love drawing anything weird or gory. What project(s) are you working on at the moment? At the moment I’m colouring the illustrations for a 9-12 aged children’s e-book called The Journey of Brannue. I’m also working towards what will hopefully be a mixed media artist’s book based around a few different personal topics such as body image, anxiety and confidence.
How would you describe your style? The focal points and figures of my work are often drawn with fine lines or painted cleanly, from there everything tends to dissolve into a mess of painted chaos regardless of whether my background has been painted entirely in Corel Painter, or if I’ve been scrawling with a stick of charcoal.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? When you are finding something you are passionate about keep trying out everything you can to help you narrow it down. Try out tutorials on deviantArt or on blogs whenever you have the time and work out the things you want to use in the future – or never want to touch again.
Describe yourself in three words. Inquisitive. Indecisive. Introverted. What are your plans for your future? I plan to move down south near Melbourne next year, after I’ve worked a bit longer on my internship here and exhibited in Townsville at least once more.
How would you like people to perceive your work? I don’t mind how they perceive it, as long as they don’t see it as a meaningless horror show. I tell a lot of stories through my art, whether they are personal, fiction... or fiction to cover up something personal.
What materials do you work with? I mostly paint with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter for my digital art. When I’m working with traditional illustrations before I go digital I also use ink, charcoal, graphite, brown pencil and watercolour.
Do you come from an artistic family? My close family is artistic in a few different ways, although I’m the first to be working towards art as my primary career rather than a hobby or side job.
Do you have a favourite thing to draw? I’ve always loved drawing things with some secret
I’m a Bachelor of New Media Arts graduate from James Cook University, Australia. I describe myself as an Arts Enthusiast, because my involvement in the creative industry is multi-faceted: I am an artist, creating my own work, but I also like working with artists in the gallery environment, and being around art. I have written many reviews and been published in Townsville’s ARTGAZE magazine. My own artwork is often inspired by the eastern perspective, and often relates to Japan. I’ve studied the sumi-e style of painting, and I’d love to push that further. In my degree, I majored in Visual Art, but I also minored in Photography and Graphic Design, and I took introductory Japanese as an elective subject. I’m very enthusiastic when it comes to learning about other cultures and history. My ultimate dream role would be philanthropy, and I’d love to travel. I’m currently a trainee at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts.
What are your influences? Japan, the orient, religions, culture, history.
Studied visual art at JCU plus self directed. What project(s) are you working on at the moment? “Eleven” themed piece for members’ exhibition at Umbrella Studio, opening 11/11/11.
How would you describe your style? A reincarnation of the old, to make new work. Describe yourself in three words? Asian loving artist.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Dive straight in, put your soul into it, if it makes you happy.
What are your plans for your future? Travel, Relationship, Personal growth & happiness.
What would be your dream job? Gallery Curator or Gallery Director or Arts admin for local/state/federal governments.
What materials do you work with? Textured papers, ink pens, coloured pencils/ink. Do you have a favourite thing to draw/snap? I like re-interpreting existing images, or my own photos.
How would you like people to perceive your work? As different from the regular status quo, and, not difficult to look at or understand.
Did you study your field/self taught?
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What are your influences? I’ve always enjoyed the surrealist, Raphaelite, art deco and art nouveau movements. I can’t really say if they’ve influenced my work but there are so many talented role models to choose from. Millais’ Ophelia is probably one of the works that’s had the most profound influence on my work. I love the flowers and all the lush greenery. It’s a little bit ethereal too, and that’s what I want to achieve. I also read a lot, I have woeful amounts of fan art in my sketch books.
things I always end up doodling. Did you study your field/self taught? I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts like sewing but I did art in high school and studied digital visual arts at James Cook University. What project(s) are you working on at the moment? Currently my artistic projects are on hold while I’m working and trying to make enough money to live on.
How would you describe your style? You tell me. I don’t really consider myself to have a style I like to try lots of different things and I go through very short phases of creating a particular style of art.
What advice would you give someone who is an aspiring visual artist? Always have time for your art. How would you like people to perceive your work? I’m quite self-conscious about my work, I really want people to like it, but I don’t expect them to. I create art for my own sake, it’s a very selfish act, I do what I want, I don’t make it for other people.
Describe yourself in two words. Quirky. Noisy. What are your plans for your future? I want to do so many things that I have to just spend each day one at a time.
How long do you spend on each artwork? Two hours to two days usually, I have a short attention span. Sometimes things take longer, especially if I plan them…
What materials do you work with? My best work is digital, but I try to mimic tools I use in the real world, fountain pens, permanent markers, oil pastels and biros are my favorites. The oil pastel brush in photoshop is what I get my monies worth from. Occasionally I’ll venture into sculpture or found objects. I once found a shop mannequin and covered it with plastic toy army men.
Do you come from an artistic family? No, I come from a farming family but growing up away from town gave me huge opportunities to be inventive and creative. Play was always encouraged and we used to build massive cubby houses out of trees and other stuff we found and then abandon them to make new ones.
Do you have a favorite thing to draw? I like girls with pretty faces and plants, they’re the
VISUAL ARTIST GRAPHIC DESIGNER
I am a graphic designer and artist, working with a wide variety of materials and styles, such as woodblock prints, lino prints, pottery, faceting (gem cutting), feather painting, sculpture and digital work. Iâ€™m always exploring new mediums and techniques, and in the course of my wanderings have travelled to America and the Philippines, which were both great experiences and taught me a lot. I believe that there is always more to experience, and to learn, and the best way to achieve that is to get out there and dive in headfirst.
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What are your influences? I have a variety of influences, drawn from all over the place.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? Figuring out how to make a steampunk inspired pocketwatch with a faceted marble. And assignments, of course.
How would you describe your style? At the moment I’m still trying to settle on a style I like and can stick with. Although I’m not sure what to call my style at the moment.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? If you love what you do, do it every day. Find a job that combines your passion with being able to earn lots and lots of money.
Describe yourself in three words. Tall, verbose, yet quiet What are your plans for your future? At the moment I am unsure of what I want to do in the future. Be a millionaire probably :D
What would be your dream job? I haven’t found that yet. Something that gives me the creativity to express myself, and the passion and drive to succeed.
What materials do you work with? I mainly work in digital, but I also use a variety of other materials, such as sculpture, lino-print, wood block print, gem faceting.
How would you like people to perceive your work? A personal interpretation unique to each person. That people can look at the same thing and yet come apart with vastly different interpretations interests me.
Do you have a favourite thing to draw/snap? I tend to like abstract forms best, although I do also like animals.
How long do you spend on each artwork? Far too long. I tend to take a lot of breaks and work on other things in between, and I’ve never really timed myself, so...
Did you study your field/self taught? I’m currently studying a bachelor of New Media Arts at James Cook University.
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What are your influences? I am influenced most by my faith and experiences of life. Nature and the stuff around me, even things that seem redundant, unwanted or unnecessary still have the potential to hold beauty. Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore and Dr Seus are my artistic influences.
favorite technique that marks my work. But that’s a secret, sorry. Did you study your field/self taught? A bit of both. I studied through high school and at TAFE and I also spent a year in Sweden under a tutor. But I have no university degree… just a lot of life experience.
How would you describe your style? A cross blend of surrealism and abstract. You can see what it is, but do you really know what’s going on?
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? The project of life? Ha-ha.. I have a piece under construction right now, but it’s just something I’ve been tinkering with.
Describe yourself in three words? Innocent, Passionate, Strong
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Never throw any of your work out. You never know when it will come in handy again. Even that bad stuff can become good stuff, if you give it time.
What are your plans for your future? To continue exhibiting my works where ever they’ll have me, to take the world by storm, influence a generation, change lives for the better, die of old age and … ? I have focused most of this year on capturing moments in time, prepping for an exhibition, and in 2012 I plan to get back out into the city and put on a show. I’ll let you know where and when… when I do…
What would be your dream job? I’m doing it! I’m a full time volunteer youth worker. Living the dream! How would you like people to perceive your work? If anything I’d like them to know that life can be simple and innocent and for them to see that expressed through my work
What materials do you work with? Acrylics, lino and random stuff. Do you have a favorite thing to draw/snap? I don’t have a favorite thing to draw but I do have a
Iâ€™m a graphic designer, illustrator, photography enthusiast, problem solver and creative thinker. I love experimenting with colour, typography and vector illustration to produce striking visual statements. My creative style varies from corporate client based work to more artistic personal works. I draw my inspiration from magazines, books. product packaging, advertising, design blogs, photography and art. Graphic Design is my obsession, I believe it has the power to influence and inspire. I love working within a creative environment and view each new project as an opportunity to create something special.
firstname.lastname@example.org gemmavisini.4ormat.com What are your influences? I draw my inspiration from magazines, books. product packaging, advertising, design blogs, photography and art. I really love old school designers like Paul Rand and Saul Bass for the illustrative qualities of their work and the way they use of typography.
Did you study your field/self taught? Right now I’m in my final year of a Bachelor of New Media Arts at JCU but I did teach myself a bit of Photoshop and Corel Draw before I started Uni. What project(s) are you working on at the moment? I’m kind of bouncing between two major university projects at the moment: one being a catalogue and website for our Graduate Exhibition and the other being a book layout for my team’s creative Exchange project.
How would you describe your style? My style is really varied at the moment... a lot of my previous work has been really quite corporate looking but lately I’ve been doing a bit more personal creative work that incorporates my own illustrations and typefaces. I really like experimenting with colour, typography and vector illustration and I absolutely love negative space...
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? I think you need to do what makes you happy but on the other hand I think you need to try a lot of things and have some bad experiences before you figure out what it is that you’re really passionate about.
Describe yourself in three words. Right now I want to say tired, exhausted, stressedout! but I think: passionate, creative and quirky is probably more appropriate!
What would be your dream job? Creative Director of a boutique design company...
What are your plans for your future? I’d really love to work for a small design agency or maybe a magazine. I really love print design and would love to work somewhere where I could just design layouts all day...
How would you like people to perceive your work? Clean, simple design that communicates clearly.
What materials do you work with? I mostly work digitally in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. I do a little illustration so sometimes I’ll draw with pen and paper, scan it and then create vector illustrations based on my original drawings. I have also been known to pick up a camera from time to time but I’m definitely not a natural photographer. While photography is not my thing, I think knowing your way around a digital SLR camera and the fundamentals of photography is a still a good skill to have.
How long do you spend on each artwork? It depends what the project is really... I can usually whip up a poster in a couple of hours but longer documents take me longer to get the layout right. Do you come from an artistic family? Definitely not.... My Dad and my sister are big-time nerds, Dad studied Science at university and my sister is a civil engineer. Mum is really into horticulture, I swear that woman can make anything grow! My Dad likes to tease me for studying art at University but he and my Mum are really supportive.
ANN KRISTIN OLAND My name is Ann Kristin, and I am a photographer. I am not quite sure when I knew I wanted to become a photographer, but I know I have always liked to capture random, but important moments. As the years have gone by, fashion, portrait and photojournalism have become my favourite topics. I like to tell stories with my photographs, and not just take pictures. I work best with natural light, with a touch of flash here and there. My photography is usually shiny, happy and colourful, with odd and corky elements included. I like it bright.
What are your influences? I tend to look at photographers that arenâ€™t super famous, smaller galleries and the big internet. Google is my best friend. Right now I am super fascinated by Akif Hakan Celebi, a Turkish photographer.
way, and one and a half years of photography/art studies in Townsville, Australia. What project(s) are you working on at the moment? I donâ€™t have a specific project running at the moment, I am just working on building my portfolio and making it pretty.
How would you describe your style? Colorful and odd.
What would be your dream job? My dream job would be to work for fashion or artsy magazines, OR to be a documentary photographer for i.e. Magnum photos or Reuters. If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? I would buy a half-posh apartment in some big city, build a school in Somalia, buy a new camera, and live a nice life as a photographer.
Describe yourself in three words. Quirky, shy, fun. What are your plans for your future? Too many. I want to be a fashion photographer, but at the same time I want to work with documentary photography, or even portraiture. I would also like to move out of Norway, at least for a few years. What materials do you work with? I work digitally, with a Canon 50d camera, and Photoshop cs5. I feel most comfortable with natural light, although I do incorporate flash there too.
How long do you spend on each artwork? I am not sure, but with planning, gathering props, finding location, photographing and editing combined, a day can easily go by.
Do you have a favorite thing to draw/snap? People.
Do you come from an artistic family? Not really. My family is all about nursing and carpentry, but my mom is an awesome painter.
Did you study your field/self taught? I have studied photography for two years in Nor-
KRISTOFFER KRĂ…KSTAD My work is a reflection of my dreams and reality. It is all about how I observe the world and cope with what is happening around me. It comes form a passion that needs to burst out form my mind, a need to create something different. These reflections often come out as a surreal mixture of dreams and real life landscapes form which time cannot escape. A moment suspended in time.
email@example.com krakstad.carbonmade.com What are your influences? I have a huge passion for fine art photography. I just love how people manage to make conceptual, creative art through the tool photography. I have a big focus on anything with an esthetic feel and simple visualization, no matter the art form. My greatest idol is Gregory Crewdson, a fine art master, photographer and professor at Yale University of the Arts in the US.
James Cook University in Townsville/Australia.
How would you describe your style? I would not go as far as to call my own work fine art, but rather conceptual narrative work.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Do what ever feels natural and stay away from what everyone else does. Create ideas through life experiences and thoughts. Get emotional!
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? At the moment I am working on a portrait series, where I am portraying a person by his or her movements. I’m also working on a black and white project where I take series of pictures with people in dark water.
Describe yourself in three words. Perfectionist, dreamer, hopeful.
What would be your dream job? The dream job would be to have my own photo studio where I take jobs for commercial, promotional or personal use. Or working in a big gallery with several of artist. I would also love to be Gregory Crewdson’s co-worker.
What are your plans for your future? My plans for the future is to exhibit in the world’s biggest galleries, travel and document my thoughts through images. What materials do you work with? I would not say that I work with any particular camera or equipment since I work with whatever I can get my hands on, but I work with light and flash to paint an image.
How would you like people to perceive your work? I want people to perceive my work as conceptual work with a background and story, narrative, in one word. The images do not has to have a meaning, but it is up to the viewer what they see.
Do you have a favorite thing to draw/snap? A lot of my pictures have dark locations lid up with one light source. Also people in general, using them to represent a feeling in the picture. I also love working with band, directing and shooting with several of different lights. I have lately become more into portraits and reflecting people in a photograph.
How long do you spend on each artwork? It really depends on what I am working on. I do have a lot of post-production and spend a lot of my time deciding what it is going to look like. One of my previous series, “Eremophobia”, I spent around five months creating. Do you come from an artistic family? My grandmother and aunt is the only once in my family (as far as I know) that paint and draw. But I probably inherited the creativity from my mother’s side of the family.
Did you study your field/self taught? Photography for me started of as a self taught field where I experimented with everything, and later I started studying photography at NKF in Trondheim/Norway where I later went on to study at
SANDRA HEIER EVENSEN I portray people and places in a simple and straight on matter. I have affection for the unplanned, and like capturing people when they aren’t aware the camera is there, or those moments between poses when the model relaxes.
I draw inspiration from images – moving and still – as well as what I see around me every day. Images are important to me. They are memories, documentation, proof, and inspiration. If I can create something for someone that can mean just a fraction of what so many images mean to me, then that is a goal achieved.
firstname.lastname@example.org www.sandraheier.com What are your influences? I seek inspiration from everything I see around me – if it’s a pattern in the shade from the sunlight, nature, the way a person tilts their head or the cinematography in a movie. All these things influence me, and are in the back of my head when I photograph. I also look at work made by others, and draw bits and pieces out of it to create something that is my own.
I have finished two years studying photography at The Norwegian School of Creative Arts (Norges Kreative Fagskole). I moved to Australia and Townsville to finish my degree – and I am almost finished with my Bachelor of New Media Arts, major in Photography. What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Trust yourself and your skills. You are your own worst critic. Just go for it, work hard for what you wish to achieve, and you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish.
How would you describe your style? I photograph places, people and portraits. I like photographing straight on or from above, and my images have a soft feeling to them with natural lighting and often quite a lot of the surroundings from the locations I shoot around the models.
What would be your dream job? To do features and spreads for big magazines. How would you like people to perceive your work? As I seek inspiration from other people’s work – I would like my images to be a source of inspiration for others.
Describe yourself in three words. Stubborn, credulous, spontanious. What are your plans for your future? Going back to Norway after finishing my degree here in Townsville. There I am going to get a job doing what I know best – photographing – and maybe some day start a studio of my own.
How long do you spend on each artwork? That varies from project to project – but on a general basis I am quick on the trigger. If I get an idea, I really want to do it as quickly as possible, and once I have shot my images, my fingers are itching to edit them. So from idea to shoot to finished product can be all from a single day to a week, to a month – depending on the project.
What materials do you work with? I work digitally and process my images in Photoshop. When it comes to my personal projects, I enjoy working with analogue photography and develop and process my own images in the darkroom.
Do you come from an artistic family? Not really, but my mother knows her way around a pen and sketchpad more than most, even though that is far away from what she does from a living. Both my mom, dad and my extended family are really supportive of what I do and my aunt who is a ceramics artist believe I can conquer the world. Let’s hope she is right.
Do you have a favourite thing to snap? I really enjoy working with people and doing portraits – but a secondary favourite is old, haggard buildings with a lot of history hiding behind peeled off paint and broken doors. Did you study your field/self taught?
LEXI GORTON Lexi Gorton is a Townsville based photographer, and a recent graduate of the JCU New media arts degree. Having found her footing in the fashion and beauty market, Lexi has worked with some of Townsville´s best talents in hair, make-up and modeling to create series after series of striking images. Currently managing a local boutique while balancing a demand for photographs, she is working towards an extended trip overseas to satisfy her wanderlust and document Europe´s finest street fashion. In the meantime, her blog is in it´s final stages of production, and will be live within a matter of days.
email@example.com http://misslexi.carbonmade.com What are your influences? At the moment, Garance Doré is my biggest inspiration! I read her blog every day. She is a quality example of how someone can work in the fashion industry and remain real, quirky, individual and very naturally beautiful!
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? I’m in the process of creating a new blog, which will be live by November! Keep an eye out on my facebook page for details soon! (www.facebook. com/lexigorton)
Describe yourself in three words. Indecisive, excitable, shy.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Look at plenty of examples, research your field, speak to professionals, and don’t give up. Of course reality requires compromise, but you should never compromise your core passions and dreams. Always be your own biggest critic!
What are your plans for your future? I plan to travel (London, or somewhere in Europe is my goal). I’d love to either be shooting regularly for a specific publication, or seek representation with an agency to work freelance in fashion.
What would be your dream job? I want to be Garance Doré! Or living in Paris, shooting for Vogue! (Isn’t that every fashion photographer’s dream?)
What materials do you work with? Canon 7D, for most of my work I use my beloved 50mm 1.4 lens. I generally prefer to work organically, with natural light, and minimal interference. However, I love working in the studio too. I process all of my imagery in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
How would you like people to perceive your work?
Sophisticated and soft. I would love to show otherworldly beauty in everything I photograph. Women on the street, Material in the studio. Whatever it is, I want to make it art.
Do you have a favourite thing to snap? Although I love working in fashion, most of my personal works are caught while spending time with friends and family. I love to take my camera traveling too, and as soon as I get the chance, I’d love to begin dabbling in street photography, with an emphasis on style and fashion.
How long do you spend on each artwork? Each shoot generally lasts anywhere between 1 hour to a whole day (usually the latter!) Then for every hour I spend behind the camera, it’s usually another 4 hours behind a computer screen!
Did you study your field/self taught? A Mix of both. I completed a degree in my field, and I found it incredibly useful in terms of business and time management. It also motivated me to undertake self-directed learning, which was how I learnt how to use my camera, and develop my style.
Do you come from an artistic family? Not really! My mother and sister are both scientists (and I was going to be one too!). My mum can draw (although she never admits it), and my sister played music as well when she was younger, and she is a wicked iphoneographer! But I guess I really took to music and art.
Many people develop a unique style and/ or theme and continue with it throughout their careers, I wouldn’t consider myself as one of these artists. Change is apart of life and so should it be for our work. Artistry in any creative field is about moving within and outside of ‘the box’, I would hope my work reflects the course of change and presents a different view for any given audience.
firstname.lastname@example.org www.a-clark-photo.com/ What are your influences? My influences come from a variety of sources but I start with either an emotion I’d like to portray than follow it up by revisiting the works of my favourite artists and photographers but the original concept morphs into its own as you bring it to life.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? At the moment I’m working on creating a bigger team for shoots. Finding industry professionals that I can work closely with over large-scale projects of whatever kind.
How would you describe your style? I would say it is more model photography with an emphasis on beauty.
What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? I would tell them to ask themselves these questions: What would you LOVE to do? Who would you do it for? What’s stopping you? Anything is possible you just need to find a way that works.
Describe yourself in three words. Cheerful, adventurous, optimistic. What are your plans for your future? I’m currently helping models through their portfolio and hopefully will continue to do so in the UK when I travel there next year.
What would be your dream job? To travel the world doing fashion, beauty or fragrance ad campaigns for big brands and get published by magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. If that happened, life would be sweet.
What materials do you work with? I work with a Nikon D300, Speedlight SB-800, 18105mm lens and I keep a reflector and softbox and 50mm lens handy, just in case. Oh, and Photoshop of course!
How would you like people to perceive your work? I don’t have a big fancy pants ideal that I think my viewers should see my work, I only hope when people see my work that they believe it has some degree of quality and professionalism
Do you have a favourite thing to snap? My dogs and friends if I’m out-and-about but most of the times I forget to take a little snapshot camera with me!
How long do you spend on each artwork? My photo shoots last from 4-8 hrs sometimes they have been known to go for as long as 10-15hrs. Add on 2-4 hrs for each image to be retouched to a high-end standard and Viola, finished artwork!
Did you study your field/self taught? I’m a mixture of both, I took a university degree in photography which gave me the tools, resources and theory to create the things I needed to build a foundation but the part where you become a professional or when your work begins to be polished is done on your own back. Only you can teach yourself your own style.
Do you come from an artistic family? Sort of, my mother is an accountant that can draw well and my father is an engineer that is very resourceful. So yeah, I guess it’s a creative family of sorts.
BENJAMIN HUNG I make tiny pixels and force them to collaborate into a photograph. Often I abuse these pixels by dodging and burning the hell out of them. After I let them cool down, they feel artificial and retouched. My best bud Photoshop, helps me blend my creativity into a hyperrealistic reality. I thrive behind the lens in fashion shoots, festivals, nightclubs and just throughout my life. Sometimes I feel moist.
What are your influences? My photographic influences are Sølve Sundsbø, Baldovino Barani and Guy Bourdin. Their photographs are always far from ordinary, limits are constantly pushed, style and concept are just mind blowing.
Focusing on underwater photography and understanding how light interacts with water. What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Always shoot. Get out of the green-box mode. Take risks. Spend money. Meet people. Make friends. Never be mediocre.
How would you describe your style? An orgy of vibrant colours, artificial lights and heavy retouching. Describe yourself in three words. Asian, creative and happy.
What would be your dream job? Being a Fashion Photographer and working under an agency where they send you to different places and work with different clients.
What are your plans for your future? Meet celebrities, work with amazing and talented people, go random places and just.. photograph.
How would you like people to perceive your work? I want them to say “That’s cool”.
What materials do you work with? Mr 5D Mark II and my primes.
How long do you spend on each artwork? From start to finish? Planning normally takes a few weeks to grow from the seed of inspiration. Preparing the shoot varies. When it comes to capturing that single frame, a whole shoot session is normally 2 - 3 hours. I spend most my time retouching which can take 4 - 5 hours a photograph depending on the whole concept.
Do you have a favourite thing to draw/snap? The beautiful human body. Did you study your field/self taught? Both. They only teach you so much at university, it’s when you’re alone and pressured that the camera dynamics begin to play and test every aspect of your knowledge.
Do you come from an artistic family? Not at all, both my parents are in the food industry business.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
CHANEL BARAN I believe I live in a constant state of bliss, because my creativity fuels my happiness and my happiness refuels my creativity, it is an endless cycle of positive energy. I have embarked on a pursuit of happiness journey through life and in the future dream to travel this inspirational world of ours with my creative mind and camera in hand embracing life’s experiences and cultures. I create work that is the result of my unique insane creative mind. “Surround yourself with positivity, positive people and people that make you happy. Do what you love and love what you do.”
c h a n e l . b a r a n @ m y. j c u . e d u . a u www.chanelbaranphotographics.4ormat.com/
What are your influences? Everything influences and inspires me; the amazing people in my life, the new people I meet, the places I go, the experiences and adventures I have and embark on. The world is incredible and I can’t wait to experience and see more of it. Life is a gift. Purely living my life and enjoying the moment you are in, you treasure everything so much more.
and am excited to experience the present and the future. Do you have a favourite thing to snap? I enjoy photographing people and capturing their true energy, characteristics and amazing unique beauty. I enjoy photographing from a natural upstaged environment of normal and everyday life to the other end of the spectrum in the high-energy environment that I like to create my studio to be with a mash up of studio lighting and creative direction. I always strive to do something different and out of the ordinary.
How would you describe your style? I would say my style is very experimental. It has hints on fashion and beauty, however it exists in its unique creative realm and genre. I like the way how photography is an avenue of self and creative expression where I can express myself and my ideas in any way I want and nobody can say it is wrong or right, it is just me, it is Chanel.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? I am currently working on a crazy creative underwater portrait series with my closest friends who have inspired me during my time at university over the past three years and influenced me and helped me evolve to be the person I am today.
Describe yourself in three words. Joyful |Creative| Positive What are your plans for your future? I was recently hunted down by the top modelling agency in Cairns ‘Lu Lu’s Model Management’ and asked to be their head photographer, they told me that no one in Cairns can help them deliver their creative dream like I could. With intense excitement I accepted immediately. Next year I am moving back to Cairns and working for them full time. They are also setting me up with my own studio to work from. I truly do love this incredible life I have
How long do you spend on each artwork? I can get lost for hours on end in the postproduction process as my creative mind in constantly stimulated and generating new ideas of making the image look unique and original. I like to combine my skills behind the camera and in the editing realm to create artworks that are one of a kind and possess true originality and are 100% Chanel Baran.
ELISABETH RETTERAASEN I do creative portraits and fashion photography series, mostly screen based, with my Canon . I always bring in external studio lighting to make the motif stand out from the background and create a crisper and cleaner photo. I want my work to remind people that the world is still colourful, happy and childish sometimes, and take them away from all the seriousness for a little while. In my photographs you can always find a bit of my personality, and it is obvious that I do what makes me happy.
What are your influences? I get influenced by by colours, peoples childishness, other photographers and my own imagination. I do not have any specific influences, everything plays a little part as my source of influences.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment? I do not have a project at the moment, my biggest project in the near future will be to promote myself. What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Follow your passion. You will regret it if you donÂ´t.
How would you describe your style? My style is colourful, childish and happy, to lighten the viewerÂ´s mood from a world that can be stressful and grey at times.
What would be your dream job? Having my own photography company with a big studio and clients knocking down my door, requesting my work.
Describe yourself in three words. Different, happy and childish. What are your plans for your future? Going back to Norway and work up a name for myself, and have my own photography company.
How would you like people to perceive your work? I want people to smile when they see my work. There is no deeper meaning in my work, I just want people to see my work and feel a little bit happier.
What materials do you work with? I only work with my digital SLR and Photoshop.
How long do you spend on each artwork? It varies, but mostly a little over a month, including my brain storming, preparation and editing.
Do you have a favourite thing to snap? I love photographing people, and that is the only thing I photograph.
Do you come from an artistic family? No one in my family is artistic, but they are very interested.
Did you study your field/self taught? I have been studying photography for four and a half years, and developed my own style through these years.
MONICA KRISTIN Ă˜VRELID My style is pretty, yet trashy, since I am very fond of putting nice things and dresses into a broken environment. Sometimes my way of looking at the world is different from everybody elseâ€™s. I want to show people how I see it, my view of things. I have an urge to create and be creative. My style is edited daily by the world around me, so I have a need to display different ideas as I go along. It is important to me to not be boring. Anything, but ordinary.
What are your influences? I am influenced by everything. A song, a movie, graffiti, buildings, other peoples photography, inspiration is everywhere.
during these years I’ve learned so much and I really think I have found my passion. What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Go for it! You never know until you try, and if you don’t succeed at once, just try again until you do. Get contacts, and be nice to everyone. Nobody wants to work with negative people. And you only get to do a first impression once.
How would you describe your style? Pretty and trashy at the same time. Describe yourself in three words. Resilient, unique and creative
What would be your dream job? Working in a Magazine like Frankie, Yen or Oyster would be quite awesome
What are your plans for your future? I am the worst at planning. I take it as I go and it always seems to work out, one way or another. I think, that when times are rough, you just have to wait a little and you will see the light in the end of the tunnel
How would you like people to perceive your work? I would want my work to be perceived as the opposite of just another glossy high fashion photographer.
What materials do you work with? I do mostly digital work, and I absolutely love Photoshop. But I do have my analogue cameras, which has a certain charm about them. Do you have a favourite thing to snap? I have a think for jewellery close ups and fashion photography.
How long do you spend on each artwork? I usually spend most of the time planning, finding the location and such. So when I actually take the photograph, everything goes quickly and effectively.
Did you study your field/self taught? I did a year of Digital Media Design, which had a few months of photography. Two years at NKF doing only photo, and now 18 months at JCU. And
Do you come from an artistic family? My mother paints as a hobby, and my sister is quite good at drawing, but other than that, I don’t think so.
MEGAN RUNGE I am a photographer... I take the beauty I see around me, and capture it in a frame. And my passion is sharing that beauty with the world. I enjoy being able to catch a single poignant moment and keep it; treasure it. With photography, there are no boundaries; thatâ€™s what I love about it... Photography is freedom.
m e g a n . r u n g e @ m y. j c u . e d u . a u www.rungecreative.com What are your influences? My influences are the beautiful world around me (I love nature/landscape photography). My photography influences are Australian landscape photographers Ken Duncan, Mark Gray and Steve Parrish. I am also motivated by the work of American photojournalist, Steve McCurry.
What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
Other than university work, I have no actual projects that I am working on… just photographing whatever I can, whenever I can. What advice would you give someone who is just about to find his or her passion? Don’t listen to people who tell you that you won’t go anywhere… or that you should get a real job etc… prove them wrong… you can do it… but to do so, you have to practice, practice, practice… don’t give up!
How would you describe your style? I guess I would describe my style as individual and creative. I don’t conform to the “norms” of life… I do things the way I like, rather than what is socially “correct”
What would be your dream job? Having my own successful photography business, which combines nature photography and portraiture… and working in collaboration with the likes of Ken Duncan, Mark Gray, Steve Parrish and Steve McCurry.
Describe yourself in three words. Fun, opinionated, non-judgmental What are your plans for your future? I would like to eventually have my own photography and graphic design business, but in the mean time, I would like to work for a great photography company, whose work inspires me. I would also love to be able to have the opportunity to work with some of the photographers who have inspired me.
How would you like people to perceive your work?
Different… creative. I want people to see my work as something special. I photograph the beauty I see, and share it with others… so if they enjoy it as much as I do, I feel I have been successful.
What materials do you work with? I work with a digital SLR and the programs Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for my photography, and for design I use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. I work 90% with digital mediums.
How long do you spend on each artwork? There is no specific amount of time I spend on a project. It can be anything from a couple of hours to a couple of months… I spend a lot of time planning and preparing.
Do you have a favourite thing to draw/snap? Landscape and nature photography is my favourite, but I really do love portraiture.
Do you come from an artistic family? Sort of… one side of my family is really creative… all of them are into music, design, and dance…. and all other things creative. The other side of my family is completely analytical/scientific… they’re almost all engineers and doctors. I like to think I got a bit from both sides…
Did you study your field/self taught? I’ve studied the field for both photography and design, but I got started in design before university.
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