Before photography I worked for a pharmaceutical company making vaccines for flu, tetanus, diphtheria and plague – yep plague. Full aseptic processing was in place and one’s strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures was critical. One slip could mean 1000 litres of carefully made Fluvax down the drain…
Prior to that I worked in a bottle shop while I put myself through an unproductive few years of an arts degree. One of my lecturers was certain I was best suited to a career in philosophy, most of them probably thought the bottle shop wasn’t such a bad option. Fortunately the uni offered something called a ‘Leisure Course’ in photography – six weeks of shooting film, darkroom developing and the realisation that I had found what I was looking for.
So after a near-death experience at the aforementioned drug company and an urge to follow the dream, I hung up my lab coat and headed to RMIT for a schooling in all things photographic. I then served an ‘apprenticeship’ at Melbourne’s Bakehouse Studio where I spent a couple of years as an assistant and producer and worked madly on my own shooting. I fell in love with the art of the portrait and the capacity photography has for allowing me to connect with people.
I've had work in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, the Olive Cotton Award, Head On Photo Festival and been a part of some wonderful group exhibitions. I form one-quarter of See Jane Run - a collective of photographers who make and show work that has feminism as its heartbeat. I'm constantly wondering if photography yet knows just how powerful it is.