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Christine at Home, 2013, from the series Aquarians

Lynette Letic interviews Ariel Cameron, emerging photographic artist and QCP volunteer in regards to her studies in photography, her involvement with the QCP and her plans for the year ahead. Ariel was also the recipient of the 2013 QCP Graduate Award.

What is your background in photography and how did you become interested in the medium?
I was always obsessed with photography from a young age so it seemed like a natural progression to go to art school. I remember watching my older sister who studied photography at high school and I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to do the same. We were lucky enough to have a darkroom and great photography teacher at my high school which cemented my interest in the medium. I know it’s a cliche, but it really is magic when you first start developing photos in a darkroom, it’s extremely seductive.

Untitled 1, 2013, from the series Remembering You After 16:54

What is your role at QCP?
I’ve been helping out with festival organisation in the lead up to QFP5 – with competition promotion, updating the website and assisting with exhibition installations. You’ll also most likely see me behind the bar at QCP openings which are always a fun night.

As you approach the end of your Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art in June, do you have have plans as to how you will transition from a photography student to a photographer? Have you set yourself any goals for the year ahead and/or are you taking opportunities as they emerge?
Nearing the end of studies is both daunting and incredibly exciting. I have spent the last few months preparing myself so I will still have support and motivation to keep making work and moving forward after university.

I’m currently being mentored by Camilla Birkeland through the QCP mentorship program which has really helped with my motivation and confidence to keep working after university.

My goal for this year is to gain as much practical experience in the art world as possible. I think that the biggest gap between studying and becoming a photographer is gaining practical knowledge such as how to run an exhibition, sell work and gain employment, so I have been busy trying to fill this gap. I thought it would quiet down after university but I have definitely become busier. I feel like I’m learning so much everyday while volunteering and organising my own shows, it’s very rewarding.

Ariel Cameron

Ariel Cameron

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
I think its important to find a good support network, especially from other emerging and experienced artists. Sharing your work with people you know will be honest and critical, but also supportive, is invaluable.

Lastly, are you looking at any particular photographic artists at the moment?
I recently saw Katrin Koenning’s series Dear Chris which I found profoundly touching and inspiring. I’ve also been looking at work by Claire Martin and Parisa Taghizadeh lately.


Ariel is currently showing her Aquarians series at Ugees Espresso in West End until Saturday 26th April, with an artist talk taking place on Saturday 19th at 2.30pm. For more information, please visit the event page.

Additionally, she is exhibiting at QCA Project Gallery as part of the Dérive group show, which officially opens on Thursday 24th of April and will run until Saturday 3rd of May. You can read more about the exhibition here.

Ariel is also a finalist in the Perth Centre for Photography’s Iris Award. To see the full list of finalists and to find out more about the competition, please see the website.

Lynette Letic is an emerging photographer based in Brisbane.

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