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Camera House : Better Pictures 13
30 Profile Sophie RichaRdS Shutterbug What’s your earliest photographic memory? One of my earliest memories of photographing something that truly captivated me was when I was 15 and I’d just moved house. In my room there was an abundance of natural light, with a big window facing a blank wall. I remember sitting in my empty room and watching the sunset and the shadows of the trees outside being projected in a camera obscura-like effect onto my walls – it was uncanny the amount of detail shown within this shadow. As the sun moved lower the shadows moved and appeared to be dancing across the wall, I managed to stay enamoured by this every day occurrence even until I moved out earlier this year. how do you approach a shoot? What’s your creative process? How I approach a shoot depends entirely on whether I am shooting a paid job or for my own arts practice. Given that I always have at least one camera on me at all times, and I have no ‘designated shooting time’ per se for my arts practice, I don’t really have a time where I prepare for a shoot. I just have to be ready at all times! I don’t seem to stop to think about a process behind my work as it all happens rather organically. how often does being in the right place at the right time come into play with your work? Are there many happy accidents? I feel that sometimes a photographer is overshadowed by the events/situations they are photographing. I do believe an element of chance comes into play, but really, life does not exist without chance, so to dismiss a photograph based on the fact that the photographer was just lucky seems strange to me. I am a firm believer that anyone with a digital camera can take a good photograph based solely on probability. What I’m basically trying to say is that chance is inherent; photography has the ability to capture a moment at a hundredth of a second and the human eye has no possible way of picturing what this looks like, so there’s already a leap of faith there! I feel that the real talent is the ability to be able to capture these moments consistently well; it is something I strive towards and is certainly one of the reasons I shoot solely film in my arts practice. One must use the camera as an extension of oneself, not a machine unto itself. What do you think makes a ‘great’ photo? It’s so very subjective, people respond to such a varying number of Sophie richArdS is the 2013 recipient of the SOYA for photography. Spirit Of Youth Australia award winner Sophie Richards talks us through her winning image, and her photographic journey to date. things! I can’t prescribe a list of elements that I feel make up a great photo since it varies all the time. I think that Roland Barthes’ theory of the ‘punctum’ in an image is particularly relevant to answer this question. Barthes describes punctum as an object or image that seems to stand out (within the photograph) to the viewer; it ‘pricks, bruises them’. Punctum is a rare detail that draws one to spend time with an image and is entirely based on the individual viewing the work. You were a recent winner of a SoYA award for your photography. could you walk us through the process of your winning shot? One of my favourite images from the SOYA series is a photograph of one of my friends lying on a blow up mattress in a lake. It was taken on a birthday camping trip with a group of my friends to Lake Cootharaba. I saw my friend snoozing out of the corner of my eye and immediately knew I had to wade in and make the image (trying to be as quiet as possible so to not disturb him). It was shot on a Mamiya C330. ‘Twas one of the most lovely, relaxing holidays I’ve had recently, and I feel this image sums it up just perfectly. ■ 030_Bpics13_Shutterbug.indd 30 28/05/13 9:30 AM
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