Meredith Schofield

Freelance Photographer

Meredith is an Australian photographer, documentarian, writer, presenter & community arts worker based on the Illawarra coast of NSW.

Specialising in reportàge, landscape and social documentary 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 landscape, editorial, travel or documentary photography, I’m looking for a story. I’m looking to produce a connection between viewer and subject, to convey emotion through my work.”

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

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

Using multiple mediums gives Meredith’s work a distinctive style which is instantly identifiable and full of impact.

As well as her photographic work, Meredith works as a presenter and educator working with photographers, community groups, people with a disability and photographic societies, leading workshops, lecturing and providing 1:1 tutoring.

“I connect with people, I always have. 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.”

Meredith’s strong reportàge style, social justice ethos and exuberant personality have ensured a long relationship with numerous councils, community groups, Australian and international NGO’s – working closely on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Mardi Gras, White Ribbon Day, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders – Indefinite Despair (The Nauru Report), The Pauline McLeod Awards, Yabun and more.

Alongside her photographic work Meredith has written for numerous publications about photography, travel and cars (her beloved Volkswagen Kombi). She is a regular contributor to Ilford Film and is currently working on her first book ‘Around Australia at 80 k’s’.

Meredith is available for commissioned 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

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 – 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’

Photographic & Fine Art Judging

  • Camden Art Prize 2018
  • Northside Creative Photography
  • St George Photographic Society
  • St George Motor Boat Camera Club
  • Macarthur Photographic Society
  • Port Hacking Camera Club
  • Wollongong Camera Club
  • Norths Photographic Society, Sydney
  • Southern Highlands Photographic Society

Talks & Presentations

  • ‘Contemporary Issues in Photography’ – The practitioners perspective
  • ‘Hybrid Shooting’ – How to incorporate your analog and digital practices
  • ‘The Art of Being Inconspicuous’ – Street, documentary & travel photography
  • ‘Putting People at Ease’ – Directing portrait shoots
  • ‘Authentic Story Telling in a Time of Instagram Fakery’

Clients

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

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

Meredith is a registered NDIS service provider. NDIS Provider Number: 4050016089