LIK­ING LIFE ON LIMB

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TELE­VI­SION THROW­ING him­self in the deep end is what Perth pho­tog­ra­pher Jar­rad Seng does best.

Af­ter spend­ing a year in law school at UWA be­fore switch­ing to com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing, Seng dropped ev­ery­thing to con­cen­trate on his true pas­sion – pho­tog­ra­phy.

“I love tak­ing risks and putting my­self in ab­surd and ter­ri­fy­ing sit­u­a­tions,” Seng said.

“I get bored very eas­ily and I don’t like do­ing the same thing twice or keep­ing it safe. It be­comes more about the travel and ad­ven­ture equally, or even more so than the pho­tog­ra­phy.

“I just want to put my­self in the cra­zi­est sit­u­a­tions like I have in Ice­land or Kenya; I just love that ex­cite­ment of the un­known.”

There­fore it is lit­tle sur­prise Seng ap­plied for this year’s Aus­tralian Sur­vivor, a tele­vi­sion se­ries he has watched from the start.

“With my pho­tog­ra­phy, I’m al­ways in ran­dom sit­u­a­tions and just have to use my wits,” he said.

“I’ve needed the abil­ity to gain peo­ple’s trust re­ally quickly. And I’ve had a lot of dif­fer­ent roles, tour­ing with mu­si­cians (Seng is the of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher for Pas­sen­ger) or other very fa­mous peo­ple where I have to be a bit of a fly on the wall and un­ob­tru­sive as pos­si­ble.

“You have to be quiet and go into your shell but then there’s other times where I run work­shops in Ice­land and have to be that leader. All those life ex­pe­ri­ences help to know what role I have to play, what Jar­rad I have to be.”

Seng said his strat­egy was to be a quiet in­flu­ence with­out be­ing outed as a power player; rather, he saw him­self as a power bro­ker, ex­ert­ing in­flu­ence with­out draw­ing at­ten­tion to him­self.

He said it was strange but also a re­lief to not have a cam­era in hand dur­ing his time in Samoa.

“As much as I love it, there’s a lot of pres­sure to cre­ate im­agery every day out there and watch­ing all the cam­era­men hav­ing to do that job while I sat around was pretty amaz­ing,” he said.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent feel­ing and cool to get a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.”

Seng, who is still based in Perth but will con­tinue to travel for work, said it took time to ad­just back to ev­ery­day life post-Sur­vivor.

“You’re so used to this mind­set of ques­tion­ing ev­ery­one’s mo­tives and ev­ery­thing you say and do is so de­lib­er­ate,” he said.

“I came back and peo­ple would ask me a nor­mal ques­tion like ‘Where are you hav­ing din­ner tonight?’ and I found my­self think­ing re­ally care­fully about how I would an­swer.

“You are still care­ful with what you say un­til you re­alise in the real world peo­ple aren’t try­ing to be­tray you every sec­ond of the day. It took a while to let my guard down.”

Tanya MacNaughton

Perth pho­tog­ra­pher Jar­rad Seng loves be­ing in ter­ri­fy­ing sit­u­a­tions, hence Sur­vivor.

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