On other side of lens

SUR­VIVOR IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS - Tanya MacNaughton

THROW­ING him­self in the deep end is what Man­durahraised 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.

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.”

Ad­just­ment is tak­ing a while for Aus­tralian Sur­vivor con­tes­tant Jar­rad Seng.

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