START UP: Top Arts 2014

Image: Mechanic at work Image: Mechanic at work

Camille Mance
Mechanic at work

colour digital inkjet print
55.0 × 83.0 cm (comp.), 56.0 × 84.0 cm (sheet)
Studio Arts
Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak

Our world is inhabited by a vast number of different types of people and this year, I was particularly interested in capturing men in their work environments. The men depicted in my photos seem to have been engaged in their jobs for many years, so much so that they themselves have become part of their surroundings. The photographs capture a lone, older man in his place of work, whereby his body language, facial expressions and overall setting all play a significant role in communicating the idea of people, in particular, men at work.

My advice to future students...

Firstly, I would say that the most important thing is to work consistently throughout the year, and to see Studio Arts as a hobby as well as a subject. It is important to understand that a lot of work is required. I found that I needed to be passionate about what I was I capturing and fully committed. Don’t rely on someone else’s idea, such as an artist, teacher or friend; you must explore, delve and develop the idea so that you can confidently say it is your own. Finally, I would say never give up. If something doesn’t work out as you had hoped, often the idea can be improved and can turn out better than expected.