For me the year of 2012 meant freedom, independence and a fresh start. I took my savings and built up emotions to a box apartment in Melbourne city. Although this box was small and lacked privacy, it did not bother me for the next three years while studying my RMIT University photography degree within very close distance. I took my creative thoughts inside and outside this box I called home.
This fresh adventure allowed me to begin physically transforming where I joined the gym to build upon my fitness after a physically restricted gap year. I found learning and building a routine within fitness pushed me to creatively construct my photographic ideas into solid projects. Throughout my studies I continued to build upon my skills and techniques. In my first year I was able to put this into practice with a constructed portrait of a great friend juggling while cooking in the kitchen. Essentially portraying the kitchen chaos through another perspective.
Time led me to the desire to escape not only my home but ultimately the concrete walls of the city. As I grew up in rural surroundings, it was only natural of me to breathe outside the big smoke. This took me to capture landscapes that were recreating my memories as a child. I rediscovered locations like Pink Cliffs in Heathcote which is such an intriguing natural playground for a youth.
By the end of the year it was only logical to reflect upon my first year of university and the self. I continued to document the self with an experimental approach to layering, lighting and colour. The year of 2012 was a test of my potential within photography and the arts to meet the creative brief with suitable concepts. I learnt the importance of the nerves and excitement of diving in the deep end. Surrounding oneself in their passion motivates and drives one to push through all ongoing obstacles.