I learnt photography from my father. He’s a professional photographer who does a lot of events, such as weddings, baptisms and engagements. It didn’t matter whether we were at a relative’s house he always had a camera on him. I picked things up here and there and slowly learnt the art of the trade. It’s not simply point-and-shoot, which is how most people perceive it. A lot of work goes into setting the camera up to take a picture, such as adjusting the focus, ISO, F-STOP, and the speed of the shutter.
We have been best friends since we were approximately eight years old. We met at Church (Greek Orthodox) and Tim invited me to come into the Sanctuary and help Father Chris with the Liturgy. The two of us helped out at Church services for seven years after that. Since then we have been like two peas in a pod – inseparable.
I can’t really say there’s an average week. Either we have some big event that we’re preparing for or something small. For a while I had steady work doing photography for Friday nightclubs, but it got a little too much for me. When you’re trying to live more spiritually and you have to see a lot of the filth that goes on; it takes its toll.
Getting to work alongside with some of the biggest DJs in Adelaide. Also, recording up-and-coming artists and seeing all the behind the scenes action which takes place to make a single music track.
What I dislike about the industry are the artists who are “pretenders”. What I mean by this is they’re all talk; they want to be famous but put no money or real effort to becoming a great artist. Everyone wants to use you for free and they step on a lot of toes to make it but end up no better than where they first started. I learnt from my mistakes and from then on never dealt with these sorts of people again.
My proudest achievement at AMSAR was the completion of the first single we created and hearing it on the radio. It’s about hearing all that effort and work you put in after many months. It’s a special moment I’ll never forget.
I’m hoping to get a secure job somewhere in the field I’m interested. Recently I was lucky to have work experience at the Air-Warfare Destroyer Shipbuilding Department in Adelaide. I got to see and help in their Computer Systems Section. It was amazing and I hope to work there in the near future. Getting to see day by day the construction of a massive vessel was a great experience. Even if I don’t get a job there it’s still a great memory to have.
I will most probably keep it as a hobby and do a few events now and then to earn some extra money; it’s still something I enjoy doing. Cameras are amazing machines; they capture our life how it is, it tells no lies but it judges you by your looks. Just like humans do to one another. They only judge what they see on the outside, but they can’t tell what’s on the inside which is what counts.
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