Thursday, 2 October 2008

photographer sam mcadam

Sam, on her wedding day

Some of my favourite images in recent issues of Inside Out have been delivered via the talents of Sydney-based photographer Sam McAdam. Thanks to a couple of art directors giving her a break - she had studied fine arts at university and wasn't really cognisant of how the industry worked - jobs filtered through. Sam says her visual style is informed by art history and semiotics, which explains why the first image (above, top) reminds me of a Dutch painting. I managed to catch up with Sam just before her recent wedding.

Which five words best describe you? Passionate, driven, loopy, mercurial, critical.
What's your proudest achievement? Ohhhh, I'm too modest to say!
Who inspires you? People that overcome adversity.
What are you passionate about? Family, friends, ideas, beautiful things.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? That in life, you can either be right, or be happy. Thanks Dad.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Without any hesitation, Neil Finn. Sigh.
What's next? A honeymoon.
What are you reading? Hemingway's
The Sun Also Rises.

images courtesy of Sam McAdam

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