Pamela Pauline – Dare to Create

On Thursday, 11 June the Manly Camera Club was fortunate to have Pamela Pauline present to the membership via Zoom. Pamela is an extremely talented photographer and artist with a number of awards including two gold and two silver distinctions in the 2019 APPA Awards, the 2019 AIPP NSW Illustrative photographer of the year and an AIPP representative for the 2019 World Photographic Cup.

Pamela took us from her cultural upbringing in Wyoming to her journeys around the world and how each destination had an effect on her creative efforts.

A camera has always been part of Pamela’s life.  When she had young children, she set up a little business capturing family portraits, sports team photographs and school photography.

In 2007 Pamela and her family moved to India and again her photography evolved. With so many photographic  opportunities, Pamela began to focus on colour and beauty and began to experiment with selective colourisation.

It was during this period that Pamela began to develop her extensive Photoshop skills and experiment with double exposure. All this led to her first exhibition.

Pamela moved to Mona Vale in 2012 and another artistic shift with emphasis on the sky and the ocean.

It was during this time that Pamela fell in love with long exposures.  She also began experimenting with textures and compositing.

In 2018 there was another shift in Pamela’s artistic focus when she began photographing what she saw in the Australian bush, with a special emphasis on endangered species, and bringing it all together in her highly composited nature series. These composites became more complicated and some incorporated a tapestry influence. This meant that some images have over 100 layers and can be greater than 18 GB in size.

Pamela has been working on developing replicating surface designs for wall papers and textiles which incorporate Australian Bush elements.  For the past year, Pamela’s has been working on a passion project photographing endangered species throughout Australia.  Seventy five percent of Australian threatened species are plants and she creates photographic artworks using these elements along with threatened fauna.  These works will be exhibited a later date at the Australian Botanical Gardens in Mount Annan. 

More information on Pamela can be found at https://www.pamelapauline.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/pamelapaulinephotography/?hl=en

Pamela’s discussion with Adam Williams on her creative journey can be found at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84a7xHuEIxc