Michelle, born and raised in Melbourne, pursued her talent for image making after 2 years of Illustration by graduating RMIT University: Bachelor Applied Science – Photography in 2001. Commencing her career with the team at Museum Victoria
’s Production Studio in 2003. Her background in creative and technical backgrounds is evident in her ability to produce aesthetically powerful images with precision and accuracy. A majority of her studio work featured in the Museum Victoria's 150th anniversary hardback publication, Treasures of the Museum 2003.
In 2004 a year long solo trip to South America
transformed her approach to photographing people by using wide & mid-range lenses, creating a close-up, personal, interactive style where a mutual exchange took place, allowing the integrity of her subjects to shine through. Michelle refrains from forcing her camera on to people and prefers to build a report with her subjects. Using the camera as an excuse to meet people in most cases.
On returning to Melbourne in 2005 Michelle continued her life’s work dividing her week between documenting specialist clinics and surgery for Skin & Cancer Foundation
whilst enjoying an ongoing variety of assignments in LaTrobe University
’s Media and Educational Technology department servicing the academic, teaching, public relations and corporate divisions.
Approaching 2006 her affinity with the outdoors and rock-climbing led her to cross paths with Bambuco
, a company that used climbers to build large-scale structures
from 9m Chinese bamboo for art festivals in Europe, Asia & Australia. Working as a rigger and aerial photographer she collaborated with extraordinary talent and immersed herself in the arts on an international scale for 3 years.
Throughout this period Federation Square Creative Programs
invited Michelle to be their official photographer during 2007 where she covered installations in the Atrium as well as events and public programs. Including the much-loved, large scale Advent Calender.
An outdoor event fusing multi-media, animation and large scale aerial performance that continued through to 2008.
Her travels have taken her all over the world producing some of the finest representations of landscapes with a technique she describes as Moving Images: Journeys from vehicles in motion. And In 2008 a solo exhibition of the Australian series titled The Sickness of Long Thinking
was a precursor to a forthcoming international series from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.
Amidst her more specialised work she has freelanced for clients: City of Melbourne
, The Age
, Arts Victoria
, Melbourne Frin
ge, Broadsheet Media
, 45 Downstairs
, Insite Arts
, Les Arts Sauts
(France), Transvision Arts
, Natimuk Festival
, RMIT University
, Victorian & International Wineries
& Culture Victoria
Following on, Michelle’s focus shifted toward working amongst the community developing a project: Footpath Gallery
with St Kilda’s Sacred Heart Mission Women’s House where she taught participants on a weekly basis to use digital cameras to record their own stories in the street. The images were printed and pasted by the women directly on to a wall in Grey St, St Kilda.
It's now 2013 and amongst a variety of projects Michelle is a Clinical Photographer with the Royal Melbourne Hospital in the Medical Illustration
department. Working with patients to accurately record the physical appearance of a condition and/or treatment for quality visual material which supports patient care, medicine, nursing, teaching, research, publications and public relations.
It is evident Michelle thrives amongst diversity, developing new ideas and being actively involved with creating and collaborating to find new angles of approaching image making. She has a strong network of inspiring and charismatic professionals from all industries and is always open to new suggestions. Feel free to contact her with questions or ideas.