Hi, my name's Zoe Wong. I'm doing honours in photography at UTS.
I didn't really know what I wanted to do after high school. I just knew that I was really interested in photography. The photography degree at UTS really appealed to me, because it seemed to have a lot of subjects that give you a broad range of what you can do with photography.
My favourite part of the degree is everything. You learn a lot doing this degree. I think also all the facilities that are available to us as students, all the studios and everything that we're allowed to use and then also just being around like-minded people. The classes tend to run smaller than other degrees, so it's nice getting to know everyone quite closely and across other year groups as well. All the skills that we learn during the degree I think are transferable across all creative industries. We learn a lot of Photoshop and InDesign and then even video editing skills.
I wanted to come back and study honours, because I missed having an area where I could get feedback and critique from my work. It's really hard to find outside of university. Also, I've been introduced to exhibiting my work. I just wanted something to help me make my creative choices a bit stronger.
My final end-of-year project is called Uncle Jackie. It's a series of images that looks at the relationship between me and this life-size cardboard cutout of Jackie Chan that I've made. This project came about when I was thinking about this fantasy that I used to have as a kid where I used to imagine Jackie Chan as my uncle. I think looking back at that fantasy now, it's clear that I had a desire from something that I felt was lacking in my life, which was more of my Chinese heritage.
I've been working in the photo industrial during the degree. Then I'll most likely come back and do more study. There's a lot of post-grad options for the photography degree as well.
Studios with electronic and tungsten lighting, product table, backdrops and a cyclorama; and dark rooms for processing and printing.