Photographer Sian Sandilands on standing her ground

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NAME

Sian Sandilands

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Photographer

FAVOURITE BAND?

Camp Cope

FAVOURITE SONG?

One Crowded Hour - Augie March

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Camp Cope - because they are firm in using their platform to speak up about issues as well as creating music. They also only create music for themselves, there is no pleasing others in the music the create or the way they perform.

 

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I'd love to go touring photo wise and begin documenting more than just live shows. It's something I'm going to try to push myself to do in 2018.

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HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

I started taking photos when I was 15. My age and gender have been a constant barricade with the work that I do as people have the common assumption I am a child and have no clue what I am doing or I am not a legitimate photographer. Managing that has been both frustrating and a challenge. I have combat this though by having confidence in my work and the confidence to stand my ground when being questioned regarding my work.

 

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Georgia Maq (Musician), Audrey Enniss (Poet), Genna Alexopoulos (Publicist), Jelena Goluza (Musician), Jess Hope (Podcaster/Creator of Don't Fret Club) and of course my mother.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

I'm only 19 at the moment, so I am not far off still being a teenager. Growing up I came to realise people are a lot quicker to discourage you rather than encourage you sadly especially when entering a male dominated field. As I got older I've just come to terms with the fact you need to be confident in your own work and if it's something you really want to do, you can do it. It may take more work but do not let other discourage you and always remember the ones who helped you and not just the ones who want to attach themselves to you after you receive any kind of success.

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