Hello I’m Susan Papazian!

Many of us dream about changing our lives by doing something different, something we have always loved, perhaps even a dream since childhood. I’m one of those people.

I always remember having a camera in my hand. My very first camera was a plastic one, but it worked and I was always snapping photos of family and friends. Many times as a child I looked at life through a frame. It first started over the summer holidays, when my parents would load up our XY Falcon station wagon with our luggage and esky and head on the long road trip from Melbourne to Sydney.

 

It was on these journeys I started looking at life through a window frame as I sat with my head against the car window looking out. I was mesmerised by the blur of the trees zooming past. I fell in love with the green fields dotted with sheep and I would watch people coming in and out of shops, wondering where they were heading to next.

 

My love for photography grew and grew. But, like most of us, life took me in a different direction for over 20 years. Photography still held a huge place in my heart, but it managed to slip further away as I started my corporate career in marketing.

 

In my early 40’s an event occurred that changed my outlook on life forever. I lost my beautiful mum after battling cancer for 3 years. I had to search for something joyful to bring into my life and so the beginning of my photographic work began. I enrolled at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney and my love for photography was re-ignited with a bang.

 

Photography was reborn within me with a sense of adventure and passion. I started traveling to amazing destinations like Cuba, Mexico and Europe to learn as much as I could about photographing people and places.

 

Within the first year of picking up my camera, I held a solo exhibition in Sydney of my work in Cuba. The same year, I was shortlisted by the National Geographic Channel for their Travel Scholarship prize.

 

Over the last couple of years I have worked with some amazing people to create beautiful portraits. I am drawn to people the most. My ability to connect with people through visual storytelling is a huge part of my work. My images are honest, sensitive and yet have an adventurous and playful feel about them.

 

Enjoy!

 

Susan x

 

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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