i was featured in the newspaper this week! this is a scan of the second page, and here is the whole article.
Julia's lens is catching talent
Julia Trotti is just 19 but already her photographic talents are attracting plenty of attention from all the right people. She talks to Zilka Grogan.
Cecil Hills photographer Julia Trotti has come a long way from her early days with a standard point-and-shoot. Since upgrading her camera, Trotti's photos have matured, and, at just 19, success has already come her way. Her images have featured on book covers, in magazines and in fashion campaigns.
"When I was in high school, I used to digitally manipulate my images quite heavily," she said. "Lately I have been making things happen with the camera instead. I still manipulate my images but not as much as I used to. It just happens over the years. You learn more about your equipment, without having to go in and edit the photos yourself."
Trotti's images were recently used for a series of books called The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike. She also entered a competition through retailer General Pants Co which saw photos of her sister's yellow Converse shoes appear on their website.
Cecil Hills is still her preferred location, using her friends or others who contact her online. "I've got a bunch of different locations," she said. "There's an abandoned barn, plus there's fields and there are also hills. It seems like we're in the middle of no where, even though we're not. I like those natural landscapes."
Trotti currently works as a retoucher at Blueprint Studios at Leichhardt as well as studying for a degree in visual arts. She also does freelance work for music publications like FasterLouder and the AU Review. She gets inspiration from movies, music and passing conversations with other people. "Ideas can come from anywhere, even an imaginary world."
so i've finally finished writing my bio! dan and i stayed up till all hours of the night till it was done. here it is:
Julia Trotti isn’t just a photographer, she is a collector of subconscious memories from the minds of the curious, a daydreamer, a soul with technicolour thoughts. Julia’s passion for photography started at age fifteen with nothing more than a digital SLR and film lens held together with ambition and electric tape. Her eagerness to experiment right from the beginning has allowed her to grow into a whimsical style of capturing sun-kissed shoulders and windswept hair, city lights and dark.
When she’s not creating dreams and capturing her wandering mind, Julia is documenting the people and places she comes across that are lovely and strange and beautiful all in one hurricane mess. In her own words: “Sitting in the sky, breathing sunspots, my photography takes to capturing musicians who I’ve been listening to for years, shooting for magazines and creating pieces of art that light up in the bug-eyes of today’s youth and inspires them to create.”
Her style has led her to shoot book covers for the likes of Christopher Pike and Charles Dickinson, along with regular portfolio work for models and actresses as well as being featured by General Pants Co. Julia’s photography has also taken her to find her residency at Blueprint Studios, where she is the in-house retoucher and assistant photographer.
After studying photography at university, Julia developed a passion to document Sydney’s live music scene. She constantly contributes to FasterLouder and The AU Review, and shoots live gigs of anything between local bands, The Annandale Hotel and the MusicOz Awards, with plans to now move on to international acts and music festivals.
In order to distinguish herself from the rest, Julia Trotti is self represented and will continue managing and furthering her career with ambitions to be commissioned for magazine editorials and someday even her own advertising campaign.
“To capture a photograph that imbues wanderlust, existence of the impossible needs to be created.” Julia Trotti.