Building confidence for young people - 2016 Westpac Foundation grant recipients Flashpoint Labs
Flashpoint Labs is a Sydney based photography studio which runs photography training programs for young people from diverse backgrounds.
What did receiving the Westpac Foundation community grant mean to Flashpoint Labs?
Receiving the $10,000 Community Grant from Westpac Foundation meant we were able to run a four weekend photography and videography workshop for thirteen young Indigenous creatives. Outside of free education, four of the thirteen have gone on and received paid work experience opportunities through our agency on photography and videography jobs.
Why did you get involved at the Labs?
I came across Flashpoint Labs when I was at a turning point in my professional photographic career and felt that I just wasn't getting enough from the fashion and advertising work that I was shooting. I had been looking for work that had more of a social purpose when I was extremely fortunate to have met the inspiring Mickey Kovari (Flashpoint Lab co-founder) and been offered to take the role of Lead Photographer of the agency.
Since then my role has grown and now in 2017, I am the Director of Flashpoint Labs. I am still very much a contributing photographer but we are growing and have several photographers, producers, and young apprentices all sub contracting for a number of socially mindful corporate and non corporate clients, across Australia.