Fab Fiona has tagged me... so here goes...
1. Four of my favourite jobs
- Working with Tracey Schramm as her photography assistant. She is fantastic! We photographed for newspapers, the Sydney Theatre Company, film, and all sorts of other stuff. We always had a lot of fun, and I miss those times! She taught me so much about the photography business, shoots, and most of all, even though I had just finished my degree in Visual Art and had quite a few years of darkroom experience already, she taught me so much more about the darkroom. My skills were refined, I spent days and nights in there - usually printing up photos that needed to be displayed at the Theatre Company that night for their opening shows.... man, we had hairdryers in there to dry off the prints to get them there on time! We never missed a deadline! And when you're stuck in the dark with someone, it makes for some funny conversation! We had some great laughs. Tracey still works for the Sydney Theatre Company, and if you ever read the theatre pages in the Sunday newspapers, they're likely to be her pics. I think the highlight for working with the theatre was meeting Ruth Cracknell. I stopped working with Tracey to go overseas in 1996.
- My job at the Steam Camera was always a LOT of fun. It was an extra Sunday job while I was saving to go overseas and we had to dress people in Victorian clothing to take period style photos. Got to meet lots of travelers, and also dressed up a lot ourselves too. Easy, stress free days. Fun times.
- Studio work and darkroom printing in various places - one was Create in Surry Hills (although I didn't get along with the boss so well. he had a very short fuse, and took it out on his employees. BUT! The rest of the crew were heaps of fun, and we all had some great times!) I worked here with the people from Vogue, Cleo, Cosmo, Blue, and all sorts. Also got to know quite a few of the Sydney Paparazzi photographers and how they work (and yes, they'll do anything to get a shot!) For example: Once I was at a Diesel concert to photograph him for his sponsor, and so I had my camera around my neck before the show. I bumped into Brett who is a paparazzi, and he was taking a photo of Diesel with a couple of other 'celebrities'. Brett instantly screamed at me 'this is my shot, this is MY shot'. I just laughed. Have your shot, buddy, I have no interest in taking mug shots for Women's Day. When I saw Brett again the next day, I asked him why he yelled at me the night before, when he knows full well that I don't shoot for Women's Day (or whatever mag those pics go into). He apologised and simply said that he can't trust any other photographer when he's out on the job, because it means he loses sales. I'm glad I'm not in that line of work. (and for the record, my shoot with Diesel went really well and the photos were used on posters for music stores advertising the guitar strings he uses :) ... but back onto the original subject... I also did darkroom work (and crazy photo shoots!) in other labs, and one was Created For Life. Spent some great years there! Miss those girls!!!!
- ok, lastly, my current job is great too. I have combined everything all into one. Being a Mum, and then all my photography gets mixed up into all sorts of things: the photo shoots, the greeting cards, rubber stamps, scrapbooking products, publishing work, writing articles for photography and craft mags, teaching, etc etc etc.... I love it all!
Now THAT answer was longer than I expected. I think I have enough to say about those jobs that they need a scrapbook layout of their own! And I could have written about all the other jobs I've had too. So I think it's time to put a photo in, and maybe write the other tag bits later.
This is a pic of the greeting cards that I hand make with my black and white photos. They're distributed throughout Australia, NZ, UK, USA and Canada. They're also available online here.
Thanks for reading :)