PHOTO: Michelle Leong
I have 6+ years' experience shooting factual and documentary film around the world. My photography has appeared in VICE, The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Telegraph, Nieman Reports, ABC News U.S., Wired, Visit Berlin, Nachtkritik, Der Westen and exhibited by The Hunt Museum, the Sachsen-Anhalt Museum of Prehistory and Irish Centre for Human Rights.
After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007 I began working exclusively in fiction film.
Since 2010 however, I have worked primarily in documentary, shooting in remote Australia, Iraq, India, Kenya, Thailand, Germany, Denmark, Canada and the United States, however my photography and narrative cinema background still informs my approach to documentary.
I am presently developing my first film as writer/director, a feature length documentary about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.
When I'm not shooting I also teach cinematography and photography theory and practice.
Since 2008 I have conducted practical camera workshops and lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, RMIT, Open Channel, JMC Academy, Youthworx Media and Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation.
In 2011 I was given the opportunity to develop my own course at VCA which became "Design Elements and Principles in Cinematography" and is still conducted annually as part of the VCA Summer School.
The structure attempts to address composition on an elemental level rather than depending on canon or preexisting styles and demystifies the technical processes of cinematography and photography through gradual introduction to small, simple mechanics.
As a volunteer I have also worked as a teacher and mentor in filmmaking for the Horn of African Communities Network and the Fine Arts Institute of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Traveling and shooting within foreign and unfamiliar cultures in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world is an enormous privilege to me, as is the opportunity to share peoples' stories. To this end I find patience and respect, humility and humor to be just as important as any technical skill in cinematography and photography.
I am always open to traveling for the right project and available for bookings around the world.