Meredith Schofield

Freelance Photographer

Meredith is a photographer and community arts worker based in Sydney, Australia.

Specialising in reportàge, lifestyle, travel and portrait photography her passion is in telling stories and capturing images that evoke a response – visually, emotionally, intellectually or otherwise.

“I’m a visual story teller, no matter what I’m shooting – whether it’s street, editorial, travel or portrait photography, I’m looking for the story, I’m looking for the connection.

“If I’m not telling a story or creating a connection through my images then I’m not doing justice to that subject.”

Meredith uses multiple mediums to create these stories. Combining her knowledge and love of film photography with digital.

“I describe myself as an ‘Analogue girl in a digital world’.

“I use my extensive experience in film photography to get the look I want and enhance my work as well as embracing the digital world. This gives my work a distinctive style which is instantly identifiable and full of impact.”

As well as her commercial work, Meredith works as a community arts worker, tutoring people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Her background in social work led her to combine her two passions into one.

“I connect with people, I always have – I put people at ease and get to know them. I enjoy working with creative people and I strongly believe in the power of photography as a tool for self expression, communication and social change. Everyone has the right to express themselves through art.”

Meredith’s strong reportàge style and exuberant personality have ensured a long relationship with numerous councils, community groups, Australian and international NGO’s – working closely on events such as International Women’s Day, Mardi Gras, and White Ribbon Day.

Meredith’s fine art work combines her love of the environment, photography and VW’s. She’s often out in her 1975 VW Microbus exploring the coast, capturing beautiful landscapes.

“Etta (@ettas_travels), my bus, is the perfect adventure mobile. She allows me to go exploring for days, even weeks with my gear, finding amazing vistas to be captured. She turns a few heads and does make for a great subject!”

Meredith is available for commissioned travel, lifestyle, event and portrait photography. You can purchase fine art prints from her online store.

Education

  • Diploma of Photography (with distinction) – Sydney Institute of Technology, TAFE NSW 2009

Awards

  • Semi-Finalist – Head On Portrait Prize 2012
  • Sandisk Exposed Challenge Winner January 2012 – Capture Magazine
  • Top 5 – Emerging Photojournalism/Documentary Photographers, Australia’s Top Photographers 2010 – as voted by photographers Trent Parke, Stephen Dupont and Dean Sewell.
  • Finalist – Professional Photography Category, Mosman Photographic Prize 2008
  • Finalist – Australian Human Rights Commission Photographic Prize 2008
  • 2nd Prize – Tafe NSW Graduation Exhibition 2009 for her work ‘Gedenken’
  • 3rd Prize, Peoples Choice Award – Tafe NSW Graduation Exhibition 2009 for her work ‘Gedenken’

Solo Exhibitions

  • “Compassion Fatigue” 2013, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, supported by the National Association of Visual Art and Marrickville Council
  • “In Your Space” 2012, Outdoor Exhibition on Catherine Street overpass, Lilyfield NSW (exhibition held in conjunction with Sunnyfield, International Day for People with a Disability and Don’t DIS my ABILITY)

Group Exhibitions

  • “Captured – 50 years of photography at TAFE” 2014, Sydney Institute of Photography TAFE‘The Muse’ – “Hangman” & “Reconciliation Place”
  • “‘Head On Portrait Prize” 2012 Australian Centre for Photography – “Posthumous Portrait of Wayne Schofield CSC”
  • Sydney Institute of Photography TAFE Graduation Show 2009 – “Gendenken”
  • Mosman Photographic Prize 2008, Mosman Art Gallery – “Smoke Stacks”

Major Projects

  • ‘Compassion Fatigue’ / 2011-2013 – This project explores how individuals react to horrific imagery by recording their reactions to disturbing content shown on a loop for 18 minutes.
  • ‘In Your Space’ / 2011-12 – Produced in conjunction with Leichhardt Council and Sunnyfield, a non-government organisation that supports people with physical and intellectual disabilities; the project chronicles the daily lives of 13 people from Sunnyfield’s Day Options Program in Lilyfield, Sydney, NSW. The work was presented as an outdoor photographic exhibition throughout December 2011 & January 2012. The exhibition coincided with Don’t DIS my Ability month and International Day of People with Disabilities.
  • ‘Noon’ / 2010-Present – This work is completely captured ‘in camera’ using old and unusual techniques on black and white film. Nothing is digitally altered or enhanced. What you see is what the camera has projected onto the film. The images were taken at noon, where day turns to night.
  • ‘Gedenken’ / 2009 – Produced as my graduating portfolio, ‘Gendeken’ is an exploration into memories that are projected onto us by particular environments of historical and emotional significance. It looks at how we immortalise events into memorials – how we lock certain events into a frozen place and time. The work was highly praised by the curatorial team at the Sydney Jewish Museum and won me 2nd place in the TAFE graduation exhibition.

Grants

  • Marrickville Council, residency at Chrissie Cotter Gallery – Feb 2013 – 2 week exhibition of the work ‘Compassion Fatigue’
  • NSW Artists’ Grant, NAVA- August 2012 recipient – For the completion of the work ‘Compassion Fatigue’
  • Leichhardt Council Community Grants program – December 2011 – completion and exhibition of the work ‘In Your Space’

Clients

  • Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Australia
  • The Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum (ERLGATSIF)
  • Leichhardt Municipal Council
  • Inner West Council
  • Sculpture by the Sea
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit – Liverpool Hospital
  • Fairfax Media Limited
  • Department of Social Services, Australia
  • Healthdirect Australia
  • Sunnyfield DisAbility Services
  • Chatswood Supported Living

Photographic Judging

  • Northside Creative Photography
  • St George Photographic Society
  • Macarthur Photographic Society
  • Port Hacking Camera Club

Freelance Pro member of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

Photos courtesy of Toby Forage