Woke up early after 4 hours sleep and made the trek out to Wyndham College, Quakers Hill, after being invited to speak to 4 different Year 12 Photography Classes, about to start their HSC soon. I was invited by teacher/body building photography wiz/all round nice guy, Daniel Repeti (@danielrepeti_photo).
Was abit of a weird feeling to head back to school to actually talk to kids about a career path and life advice, I only started taking photography seriously at around 24 and I pretty much only just barely started to mature mentally, to be able to even begin to give life advice lol. It felt good to show kids that there are other options in life besides waking up early for an alarm to go to a job you hate and not get paid much and be bossed around making money for someone else. You can make your own rules, mess up, make mistakes, take the wrong path but then be able to turn it around if you want to, it's all in your hands.
There wasn't really much of a plan or structure to it, it was basically just speaking about photography and my journey with it, my mistakes and advice, and keeping it real with them, speaking about the highs and lows and alot more. In school alot of teachers were quick to dismiss me because I didn't like school or the idea of being told what to do, or any authority at all, so it was good to see the attitudes with younger teachers abit more relaxed these days, encouraging and guiding kids, instead of forcing them to do stuff that they don't want to do. So I guess that's the approach I took, walked in chilled, told my real story and showed them that anything you put your mind to is possible and that I'm a prime example.
Went through some of their photos and portfolios, helped them pick a few options to enter into the Moran prize, checked out a few of their Instagrams and saw some amazing work from alot of them. You never know what's going on behind the scenes and at home with alot of kids, there's alot of pressure and it's a real emotional generation, so it was good to vibe with them, give them some positive encouragement and show them that the world is is their hands, it's just up to them what they do with it.
Photos by the mad dude @danielrepeti_photo