‘I was a happy camper’: Photographer describes his first year in a new job
Photography school graduates are often compared to artists like Picasso, but in the case of photographer Chris Cawthorn, he was the opposite.
The 22-year-old from Sydney was an aspiring art director at a company that specialized in digital image editing.
“I loved it, I was excited,” Mr Cawthy told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“It’s a career path that was so different from my other options, and I was in the best position to do it.”
It was a different life, but Mr Cowthy had a passion for photography.
He was a passionate photographer, and a big fan of nature.
It was something he enjoyed, and something that he felt he had to do to make money.
“If you look at what’s going on with the digital revolution, there’s a lot of people who are working in photography who are just starting out and really getting it right,” he said.
“There’s a big amount of work being done right now, and there’s this huge demand for the industry.
It’s an incredible opportunity.”
In an industry where a photographer needs to be a talented technical writer and artist, the first job Mr Cewthorn got was working as a freelance copywriter.
“You have to be good at it, because you can’t get paid for it,” he told 7.3 ABC Perth.
“As a photographer, it’s not so much a job that you’re paid for, but you can do really cool work.”
Mr Cwthorn’s first year at the photography school was a success, as he earned a place on the prestigious Bachelor of Photography program.
But he also discovered a lot more about himself.
“When I first started, it was just about learning how to shoot, and getting my hands dirty with the camera,” he recalled.
It wasn’t until Mr Cwathorn had a few years of experience that he realized he wanted to become a photographer. “
Now it’s a bit of a challenge, because it’s just been so big and so massive in the last 10 or 15 years.”
It wasn’t until Mr Cwathorn had a few years of experience that he realized he wanted to become a photographer.
“My first year I was just kind of getting the hang of it, and learning the basics of photography, and everything about it,” Mr Pcwthorne said.
The first job he got was as a copywriter at a firm in the city.
It took Mr Cwethorn a year to get his first copy of a print for the firm.
“That’s what got me a bit excited about it, to actually get something out of it,” the aspiring copywriter said.
In a time when digital photography is booming, Mr Cwythorn is still learning how the industry works.
“Photography school is so much different now than it was 10 years ago,” he added.
In the end, Mr Pcythorne decided to leave his job at a print shop to pursue a career as a full-time photographer. “
What we’re doing now is a lot different than what we were doing 10 or 20 years ago.”
In the end, Mr Pcythorne decided to leave his job at a print shop to pursue a career as a full-time photographer.
He still doesn’t have a job, but his skills are invaluable in the industry today.
“They pay me to shoot the most beautiful images and to do the best job I can to give my customers what they want,” Mr Hthorn said.