Trav­el­ling dress in­spires Kyabram pho­tog­ra­pher

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Gus McCub­bing

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.

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