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Camera House : Better Pictures 9
30 Profile Tracey Nearmy Shutterbug Did you come from a snap happy family? My family weren’t particularly ‘snap happy’ but I did grow up with the usual slide nights looking at Dad’s pictures of the family, and also from the Vietnam war. Did photography play a big role in your life growing up? My interest in photography started in high school and I’ve never really stopped shooting everything and anything since. It has always been a way to hold onto precious moments for me. What is your earliest photographic memory? As a young child I remember looking at dusty large glass plate negatives that were stored on top of a wardrobe at my grandmother’s house. It wasn’t until my grandmother passed away and we found a wooden large format camera at her house that we realised that there were photographers in the family history. We don’t know who it was but I’m hoping to work it out. I guess photography is in the blood. Where did your passion for photography stem? I can’t say where my interest for photography came from, but it is just something I always do at work and in my own time. First job in the biz? If you don’t count Santa Claus and restaurant photography, my first job in the business was a cadetship at the Messenger newspapers in Adelaide. What are the challenges in shooting portraiture? Getting someone to relax in front of the camera is always a challenge, and getting them to betray a part of themselves in a look or a gesture can be tricky, and takes patience. how important is it to establish a rapport with your subjects? It’s important to have the trust of your subject, so getting to know them before taking the picture, if you have the time, will help make everyone feel at ease. You were a recent joint winner of the head On Portrait Prize – could you tell us the back story behind your shot and how it was achieved? This is a portrait of my 13 year-old nephew, Will. He had a black eye from wrestling in the back yard. He is a great subject because he likes being in front of the camera and was happy to show off his injury. I shot this on a Nikon D3S with my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens, outside, using the late afternoon light. how would you describe your photographic style to the uninitiated? Moody and dark hazy images. If you couldn’t be a photographer what would you be? In trouble, I can’t do anything else... ■ Tracey’sprofilepicturebyDeanLewins traceY NearmY is an award- winning photographer for AAP. Head On portrait prize-winner Tracey Nearmy talks us through her winning shot. 030_Bpics9_Shutterbug_v2_corrected.indd 30 6/06/12 10:40 AM
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