“Transcending the classic format of street photography where the goal is to capture and portray the reality in which we live in - I have chosen to create something else. Perhaps a glimpse into a reality parallel to our own or a memory breaking through the noise of lost time.”
Congratulations to Oscar Svensson for winning the Frame+Work competition! Discover how Oscar created his winning photo and how Billy Blue assisted him to do this.
What is your name and what do you study?
My name is Oscar Svensson and I just graduated after having completed my Diploma of Photo Imaging.
Can you describe the photo you submitted for the competition?
I was hesitant to even enter the competition at first due to the fact that I have very little experience in the field of street photography but after reading the brief, where we were asked to capture the unexpected and in a way only we could, I felt like I had something unique to bring to the table.
The photo in question was taken at a rest stop somewhere along the great ocean road, a couple of hours outside of Melbourne.
How do you feel your studies impacted your submission? Did you use what you’ve learnt in class?
Yes, but in a more indirect way. Studying at Billy Blue has really opened my mind to what is possible and has really helped me in finding me as a photographer and artist.
It has pushed me to go outside of my comfort zone which is one of the most important things as a photographer and creative, to take risks and look to the unknown for new possibilities. To get the chance and encouragement to always try new styles and genres was instrumental in me even entering this competition in the first place.
What was your inspiration for the piece?
Usually, my photos always start with me getting an image in my head which I then try and recreate and realize this using my camera. This is probably the reason as to why I’m not that into street photography because that’s all about capturing what is going on around you and documenting reality.
But when I saw my dad walking through the subway tunnel, with the light shining so bright that he only showed as a silhouette, I got the vision in my head of arrival and I thought of films about aliens and other supernatural beings and that is what I tried to capture.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration for my images in everything and anything. It can be music, new or old. Films set in space or in the wild west. I find inspiration in feelings and emotions as well as interactions or lack thereof. There isn’t really one simple answer to this question nor do I have a method that works every time, I never know what is going to inspire me until it does. So I guess I’m just trying to stay open to new experiences and keep an open mind to allow myself to be inspired by as many different things as possible.
What are you passionate about? What keeps you driven?
Creating. I have always had an urge to express myself creatively and visually for as long as I can remember. Whether it was drawing, making films with my friends, building Legos or doing
Photography – the drive has always been the same. To be able to create something as a way of communicating without the use of words has always fascinated me, how you can change the way people feel just by having them look at an image.
This is what I want with my art, to make people feel – to make them think.
How do you feel Billy Blue has allowed you to keep that passion alive?
By constantly challenging me to push myself further than I thought possible. To have tried a lot of different genres of photography has really opened my eyes to new concepts and new ways of working. And even though not every genre has been my cup of tea, I have learned a lot and have brought aspects from different genres into my fine art to take it to the next level and to new heights.
What is the best part about studying at Billy Blue?
All the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege to meet. It’s been such a cool experience, being from a small town in Sweden, to meet people from all over the world and realize that we are all very similar and we could all come together and bond over our love for photography. I have made friends for life during this year and it’s a period in my life that I will forever cherish and think back to with nothing but joy and love (and a bit of stress about assessments and deadlines).
How did you feel when you found out your won?
Super excited and surprised. It really is the perfect way to end this trimester and year in Sydney and a confirmation that I am on the right track, and I have Billy Blue and every one of my lecturers and class mates to thank for getting me here.
Check out the Frame + Work Top 10 submissions here
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