The Atypical Gap Year

Before I began my degree of BA Photography at RMIT University, before moving from country Victoria to the most liveable city of Melbourne. The year of 2011 was quite significant to my development of the self and my greater understanding of photography from a highly private perspective. I photographed minimally, unaware of the entirely new creative journey on the other side of the year. 

External Strength, 2011.

External Strength, 2011.

Imagine YOU are in your gap year. Instead of traveling and exploring, you constantly work to save money towards moving and studying your dream degree in photography. Amongst this chaos your doctor does not expect to be treating an 18 year old for an ongoing undetermined heart problem. Through sacrificing the social life, being physically and emotionally exhausted, struggling to find support and feeling alone, you persist, knowing a creative escape and personal evolution is awaiting.

Pyalong Bend, 2011.

Pyalong Bend, 2011.

Throughout the year of frustrations, I sought ways of de-stressing from my imbalance of the physical, mental and emotional state of mind. I did not feel capable of building upon my strength in fitness as originally planned after high school. I found walking was an escape, frequently adventuring beyond the walk to and from my two jobs. The natural environmental atmosphere became quite important to me. I found peace and tranquillity discovering new locations and chasing the sunset to continue capturing the world around me. 

Near Death, 2011.

Near Death, 2011.

I took an interest to small and insignificant life of my simple home garden. Like that of Near Death above, I felt trapped and insignificant. I later drew connections to this image towards my Gefangen art series (2014). I learnt a lot about sticking it out for the greater good when you have a passionate goal to achieve. I proved to be determined to transform. I was not doing it for anyone else but myself.