I have found a medium for creating that not only brings me great joy on a personal level, but that at its best, has immense potential to create social, cultural, political and environmental change.
Which lessons or shoot experiences have resonated most, or impacted the way you work in photography?
In terms of technique, something that felt like a light bulb moment was seeing Aletheia Casey speak about a particular series of hers photographed in Iran. She only shot in that blue light before sunrise and just after sunset. It sounds simple but it made me realise that even the decisions you make about when to shoot can form part of your technique, aesthetic and visual language.
In terms of developing personal documentary projects, three very simple but very important questions were interrogated during a workshop with Corinne Noordenbos that I have found immensely helpful: why this, why now and why me.
The work you've included are landscapes – but they form part of a much wider portfolio which includes fashion, portraits and still life. What role do environmental images play with in your many visual areas of interest?
I enjoy photographing landscapes because it is a way to preserve and capture the affection I have for those places: the smells, sounds, climate and seasons.
I feel particularly inspired when experiencing something for the first time so I am constantly seeking out environments that offer this kind of diversity and variability. Luckily in Australia we have this in abundance.
What have been your most meaningful moments in your career or practice to date?
Teaching participatory photography workshops with young people from diverse backgrounds feels like the most meaningful application of my skills and knowledge. Hearing from any viewers of my work that they have been in some way moved is also hugely validating.
Is printed work still important to you in a digital era?
I learned how to take photographs shooting on film and printing in a dark room so seeing my work in physical form feels like completing the last and perhaps most important step in the process of photography.
I never tire of seeing my work in print, either in the pages of magazines or on the walls of peoples homes.
Saskia Wilson's collection is exclusively available through SUN Editions: own exclusive fine art prints by Australia's leading contemporary artists. A new curated online photography gallery by SUNSTUDIOS Australia.
We are auctioning prints from Artboxblack photographers and friends to raise money for the South Coast Relief fund, a charity buying and distributing feed to to farmers for animal stock affected by the bushfires.
Genres often known for being grand and imposing, the imagery of 2019 SEPA Landscape and Architecture finalists is instead gentle, strange and subtle. The judges have selected Debbie Gallulo, Ashley Ludkin and Matt Solomon as three artists with strong perspective on our built and natural environment.