photographer liz ham

I think the images speak for themselves. Meet Sydney photographer Liz Ham. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, GQ and Oyster. I urge you to check out the many other amazing images on her website - especially her beauty work. I couldn't resist sharing this series.

Which five words best describe you?
Happy, enthusiastic, particular, maternal and sometimes frustrated!
What was your first job and what path have you taken since? My first job as a teenager was in a hairdressing salon as a shampoo girl. After finishing high school I worked as a black and white printer in a photographic lab, which pretty much led me to become a photographer!
What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way?
Learn one thing well.

What's your proudest achievement?
A toss up between seeing my work published in Vogue, winning the Yen Young Woman of the Year Award for Photography in 2008, and working with some beautiful kids in Liverpool, UK to produce their very own photo shoots for the Liverpool Biennale 2006.

What's been your best decision? To buy that very expensive medium format camera when I was broke: you have to jump in the deep end sometimes and just go for it!
Who inspires you?
My peers mostly. I am more inspired by the passionate artists, photographers and musicians I know than anyone else. I feel very driven when I am surrounded by others who are doing what they love and loving it.

What are you passionate about?
I think having worked with under-privileged kids, and since having a child of my own it is children that I care most about. Whitney Houston really was on the money, but seriously I am constantly charmed, amazed and in awe of their amazing wisdom and insight into our crazy world.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I would love to meet Diane Arbus. She has always been my favorite photographer, I was lucky enough to catch a retrospective of her life and work in London a few years ago and literally spent a day in the gallery!
What dream do you still want to fulfill? To publish a book of my work - a cliche but true.
What are you reading?
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, which is so clever, amazing and hilarious, and Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, this one has taken me a while but I'm getting there!

images courtesy of liz ham