Rosie seems to be able to create incredibly exciting and interesting photos no matter what she turns her lens toward; vast landscapes, small, cropped details, architectural forms, passing animals, and throughout, all her photos weave together so well. There's an attention to detail, a sharpness and a richness to her photos that I am truly enamoured with. I was very lucky to be able to ask Rosie a few questions about her photos!
Hey Rosie! You have a real knack for taking photos in a variety of genres and settings, but they all seem so congruent with one another. What do you look for when making a photograph?
I like to keep my eye out for places or subjects that strike me as beautiful or unusual for one reason or another; an architectural moment, a nice view, an admirable landscape, something you wouldn’t see every day. I look to capture the sense of awe I feel when experiencing these places and pinpointing which characteristics make this moment or place unique. I tend to focus on interesting forms; natural and designed, leading lines and the user experience of space.
A defining feature of your work feels like it has to do with the compositions. Things sit in the frame seemingly exactly as they should. Any hot tips for photographers looking to try and establish how to compose a photograph well? Do you think Architecture contributed to your eye for composing a picture?
Minimalism was a hot topic during my architectural studies and I think this theme carries on into my photographs. I tend to avoid too many competing elements in my photos, excluding any surrounding context from the frame that may draw attention from the central focal point. I think it’s important to be selective with which elements you choose to include into your images and excluding those which don’t contribute to the story you’re trying to represent. If a scene reads as visually chaotic, finding a new vantage point or utilising objects in the foreground to obscure undesirable elements from view can be a helpful strategy.
What’s your favorite camera, lens and film stock to reach for at the moment?
I’d like to get a little more experimental with my gear and explore medium format photography, but for now am still using my first and only SLR, a Fujica STX-1. I bought it quite cheap over a decade ago from a collector in Fitzroy, with a fixed 55mm lens I interchange with a 28mm for street and landscapes. It's super simple and user-friendly, which allows me to focus on composition without being too concerned in regards to settings. I love shooting Kodak Portra400 for the colours and level of detail, although during the recent shortage had some fun with the relatively muted palette and colourful light-leaks of cinestill800t and wouldn't mind exploring this a little more.
Travel and landscapes pop up a lot in your photographs - do you have any future trips planned anywhere that you’re excited to shoot?
I’ve been pondering this a bit lately. I haven't locked in anything, but now that borders have reopened would love to visit Japan; Tokyo street photography never fails to inspire. Also, had a bit of fomo earlier this year for the beach scenes of a Mediterranean summer, so wouldn’t say no a European adventure again next July.
Has anything in particular been inspiring your creativity lately?
I don’t know if I can pinpoint a singular source of inspo, I am forever seeking out new works online from creatives of all disciplines – architecture, film, photography, art and design, both locally + internationally to inspire new ways of looking at things and considering how spaces can be used and experienced. I’ve been working on some pretty intensive reno’s lately, so photography has provided a nice respite from that, allowing me to take breaks and daydream of international adventures whilst learning the not so subtle art of bathroom demolition.