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Camera House : Better Pictures 10
Profile MICHAEL DODGE Earliest photographic memory? A travelling photographer came though the little country town, Tambo, that I grew up in. I remember getting in trouble for not smiling and I would not stop sucking my thumb. I would have been around three or four years old. I remember, because this is now what I love to shoot because it is real, and one day it will stop and the only thing to remind you of the funny, quirky little things your kids do is photos. What are the challenges in shooting a concept piece? I tend to really think things through before I make any moves, however once I have decided on what to do it is full steam ahead. Sometimes my ideas seem so amazing (to me, anyway) and then later ,when I’m driving five hours to a location, I’m kicking myself, saying ‘whose crazy idea was this?’ Iamabitofa‘italljustworksout’ type of person. The power of positive KATRINA CHRIST Is an award- winning photographer. She is best known for her stunning black and white portraits. thinking, and it just does! I can also be a little bit last minute. which tends to work beautifully for me. I am better under a bit of pressure. How organic is your creative process? I keep everything simple, the simpler the better. You picked up a silver award from AIPP for your image (left) – could you give us the back story behind your shot, and how it was achieved? It was actually shot in 2006. I had not long joined and only just started entering the AIPP APPA. I had decided that I wanted to have a bit of a theme. My girlfriend was doing my hair and we started to discuss doing a shoot together, and after going around and around with a few ideas, I suggested we do a girlfriend shoot of her with each of her girlfriends (we could only do four). So I asked, ‘what do you do with your girlfriends’ and Sarah said ‘we play dress-ups’. I started to plan for each shoot. I researched four locations, this one in particular is shot inside the Retro Shop at Lutwyche and we decided to go over the top with styling. During the shoot the plastic doll-like pose and expression evolved. I used one light source with a big light box. We didn’t have much room but we had so much fun with this. I entered it into QAPPA where two judges gave it a gold, but were unable to challenge because of the ruling at the time, so it was awarded finally a silver with distinction and received the same at the national awards at APPA. What do you hope the viewer takes away from seeing this image? I wanted them to see the absolute fun that was had in creating this piece. Were you hoping for a particular response? I hoped that Sarah and her girlfriends LOVED them and then I hoped everyone else did as well. I am incredibly proud of this series, and this image in particular. How would you describe your photographic style to the uninitiated? Well I would have to say black and white classic candid portrait photography. I specialise in family portraiture and for the first 11 years in business I just shot black and white. This became my signature style and what I became known for. ■ We take a look back at Katrina Christ’s prizewinning AIPP APPA image and discover the secrets to shooting a great concept piece. SHuTTERbug katrinacrhist.com.au 30 030_Bpics10_Profile_subbed.indd 30 5/09/12 10:52 AM
Better Pictures 9
Better Pictures 11