Travelling dress inspires Kyabram photographer
ELEVEN photographers, months, one dress.
This was the project Kyabram’s Polly Wright signed up to alongside 10 other snappers from the around the region – the north east travelling dress loop – which saw each photographer handed the dress in turn to set up and photograph any way they wanted.
The brainchild of Alburybased Karen Webb, the travelling dress was made by Australian designer, Jaase. The cotton Positano dress was chosen by Karen from Pour Mes Amis in Albury, where the loop began, before passing through Yarrawonga, Benalla, Shepparton, Kyabram, Echuca, Rutherglen and back.
And for Polly, who primarily works in newborn photography, the travelling dress loop offered an exciting chance to step out of her comfort zone.
‘‘It was a great way to push myself outside of my normal six creative process, because you want to do well,’’ she said.
The group would pass the dress from one photographer to the next, with no idea of what the others were doing until the collection of shots was published on Instagram earlier this month.
‘‘Coming from a small country town I wanted the image to have a country feel,’’ Polly said.
‘‘I wanted to incorporate all the things I love, so we put the hat and the alpacas in...with the whole thing evolving into the shot I had in my mind, but even better.’’
But the garment wasn’t the only key ingredient to a successful shot, Polly said, with a helping hand coming in the form of Kyabram local Annabelle White, who posed for the photographer.
‘‘She was amazing because it was freezing cold in the middle of winter,’’ Annabelle said.
‘‘We only had about four minutes to work with the light before the sun dipped – Annabelle is such a beautiful girl and she was great to work with. And the alpacas were very cooperative, I couldn’t have placed them better if I tried.’’
‘‘This was a bit of a stretch from what I normally do…so it was a great experience.’’
While she never planned to become a newborn photographer, Polly grew up with a love of photography, and as her father was a wedding videographer, she was never too far from a wedding, accompanying him from time to time.
She was also spellbound by the work of Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik.
‘‘Peter inspires me all the time,” she said. ‘‘The way he can stay on site somewhere watching the light until it’s perfect before he pushes the shutter.
‘‘I love the way he sees and interprets light and movement – he can take an image that may have been taken thousands of times, but you instantly know it’s his. He has his own mark...and that is something I strive to achieve – for people to see a photo and know it was taken by me.
‘‘It took a while to find my own style, but that’s always been something I strived for.’’
And while she happily spent a decade working in events management at the Kyabram Club, her career path changed completely after she one day agreed to photograph a neighbour’s child as a favour.
‘‘As much as I fought not to be a newborn photographer, because it’s all inside a studio and I just never thought it would be for me. However I fell in love with the genre and am absolutely passionate about it now,’’ Polly said.
‘‘The people I meet through newborn photography, new parents who are at such a vulnerable time in their life, trusting me with their most precious newborn – my shoots are very special and emotional in lots of ways. It’s a beautiful way to spend a morning.’’
HAPPY SNAPPER — Kyabram’s Polly Wright took this image of local girl Annabelle White as part of the north east travelling dress loop, a project which featured the work of 11 photographers from around the region.