NOV 2011: Melburnin’ by Courtney Symes

I received my first camera for Christmas from Santa when I was eight years old. It was a red Olympus – the closest match Santa could find to my requested ‘pink’ colour (or maybe it was just his favourite colour). My dog Coco was my favourite model. I filled a whole album with snaps of her, which was a good effort considering she was a reluctant subject that never sat still. However, I seemed to have more success capturing her than I did people. I became renowned for my skill of cropping heads, legs and other body parts from photos, realising from a young age that photographing people was no easy feat. This November NGV pays homage to several photographers with an enviable ability to photograph people effortlessly. Read more…

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