03 Working with Passion/ Finding your motivation

Sphere structures

In week 3 we invited photographer and videographer Paul Jones to talk about his work. You may not have met Paul but you would have seen the photography and video works he produces for UOW. Paul works as a photographer and videographer for the Strategic Marketing and Communications Unit at UOW.

He says,

I feel very privileged to do a job that I enjoy on a daily basis… I encourage young up and coming artists, photographers, video makers, sculptors to pursue a career for love, (then money usually follows).

This is a great opportunity to get insights into how one may pursue one’s passion.

Photograph by Paul Jones

Photograph by Paul Jones

Here’s Paul’s bio:

Paul has worked as a staff photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and as a freelance photojournalist for The Australian, The Sun Herald, The London Times, The Guardian, Associated Press Agency and Agence France Presse

He was in South Africa to witness the end of apartheid in 1993 to 1994. And has spent two years in Jerusalem 1996 to 1998, documenting the Israel/Palestine conflict. He has also worked as a sound recordist and camera-man for TCN Nine Network television news.

In 2001 he produced his first book It’s Only A Job with friend and colleague, Phil Thornton. In 2005 took up the position of Photo Editor for The Business Review Weekly Magazine based in Melbourne, Australia. Paul now works in the Media Communications Unit at the Wollongong University as a photographer,videographer and writer.

But first….

In the workshop, we explore this passion by asking: why do we make things? In the interview below, Olafur Eliasson articulates some interesting thoughts about the role of art/ making in society. This week’s workshop focuses on the creative impulse: what is behind the urge to create? What is your motivation?

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02L: What is Research?

Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993

This week we delve into the practice of research. What are the different research methodologies and processes that help us position what we do historically as well as contemporaneously? How do creative practitioners establish dialogues with media and materials through research? What does material research look like? Exploring these questions will help define parameters for practice and situate it in the broader field of knowledge.

Yejiri Station, Province of Suruga. Hokusai

Yejiri Station, Province of Suruga. Hokusai

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