Panel talk - The evolving photographer
From DSLR to iPhone, increased accessibility and interest in the craft of photography, and more recently, the very real impacts of an unprecedented global health crisis, the business of photography has changed, and so too has the professional photographer. We'll speak with four established photographers who specialise in four different genres to discuss their journey, the challenges they face and how they've evolved.
Lisa Maree Williams
Lacey Barratt is a multi-award winning Photographer and Doula from Melbourne. Owner of the Birth Photographer platform and maverick, marvellous (and a little bit unorthodox) Matriarchal Marketing coach.
For the last 5 years, Lacey has not only created a stir with her controversial images promoting women’s rights, but she has also cemented herself as one of this country’s most talented and outspoken birth photographers. Lacey has been known to be unapologetically raw. She encapsulates the depths of the human should in a single image. Ballsy and emotionally attached, Lacey strives to have women empowered through her imagery.
Australian photographer and videographer Tracey Nearmy has worked for numerous publications throughout Australia and overseas over the past 20 years. She graduated from the Queensland College of Art (Grifth University) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photojournalism, and has received national recognition for her work in Cross Projections, the Reportage Photojournalism Festival and at the Walkley Slide Nights. She is currently based in Canberra and Sydney, Australia, and specialises in editorial and sports, as well as works with clients in the disability sector and NGO’s. Tracey is a member of Australian photojournalism collective fotostrada. In 2012, she won the Head On Portrait Prize and has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout her career.
Helen Whittle is a fine art photographer specialising in child Portraiture who is inspired by dramatic and natural light. With a style consisting of mainly black and white,she produces simple, emotive and authentic images. She received Overall Winner Australian Photographer of the Year in 2016 in Australian Photography magazine, Runner up Emerging Portrait Photographer of the Year 2019 in Capture Magazine and overall winner in the international Black and White Child Photo Competition in 2019. Helen has been a judge in many international photography competitions and has been teaching online child portraiture for several years and regularly speaks locally and internationally on this subject. She loves to share her enthusiasm and passion and inspire others.
Martine Perret began her professional career in Sydney in 1999 working as a freelance photographer and photo desk editor at The Australian Financial Review. Her interest in photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003 where she developed a working relationship with the United Nations. For the next decade Martine covered UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of The Congo, and most recently in South Sudan and West Africa (documenting the Ebola crisis response). Now living in Margaret River, Western Australia, Martine self-published her first book, a series of aerial views of the South West region titled Margaret River Region FROM ABOVE. In July 2015, Martine initiated a new project flying over Western Australia’s Goldfields. This series of photographs is called Gungurrunga Ngawa (Look Above). These images were exhibited in October 2015 and are part of the broader body of work Ngala Wongga (Come Talk), a project documenting the speakers of the Goldfields, their connection to the land and the cultural significance of Australia’s endangered languages. Ngala Wongga was inaugurated at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie on 20 September 2016. The exhibition toured with ART ON THE MOVE for 18 months in WA and at the Australian Embassy in Paris for the launch of activities for the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019. The new Ngala Wongga book has been recently published with a multimedia link at the National Commission for UNESCO’s website as a legacy work.
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