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Camera House : Better Pictures 14
Still life Capturing the action on stage and film sets is no easy task. Alina Gozin’a tells Better Pictures what it takes to make it as an on-set photographer. it’s not everyday someone gives up a career at PricewaterhouseCoopers to tackle the world of creative arts – but that’s exactly what award-winning photographer Alina Gozin’a did when she traded her career in the high- powered corporate world for one in the arts. “My parents wanted me to have a stable career,” says Gozin’a, who studied commerce/ law while at university. “My dad never wanted me to be a photographer. He grew up in Russia and he came from a conser vative mentality – even though he and my mother were quite bohemian. He was a photographer himself and my mother was an art director. But my dad decided I should be a lawyer because it was a much safer profession, especially for a girl. And I agreed. I had no interest in cameras growing up because I was surrounded by them. It was really my love of film that brought me to photography.” Gozin’a completed her degree and was working at PwC when the first inklings that things weren’t quite right began to appear. “I was working as a tax advisor and my dad was happy and I thought I was happy, but I wasn’t. So I kept working at PwC, but did my postgrad at UTS after hours at night, and that’s how I got into the film industry.” As Gozin’a soon discovered, when you’re surrounded by film students all trying to make low budget movies, gaining experience on set becomes par for the course. “It was handed to Feature Set photography 12 012_Bpics14_Alina_v2.indd 12 27/08/13 9:53 AM
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