The challenges of being creative are the expenses of online perception and its value in the art scene can make it hard to express or curate your work with contextual confidence.
Altair is an online and print photography publication based in Sydney, Australia. Established by Sebastian Robert and Lily Austin, Altair seeks to collaborate with photographers internationally to showcase unique and telling insights into youth culture. Altair Zine hosted an event with The Works, Glebe showcasing over 40 photographers and 28 zines from Oz and overseas. AR spoke to co-founder Sebastian R W T…
Name: Sebastian Robert
Occupation: Writer / Manager / Editor in Chief @ altairzine.net
Hometown: Inner West, Sydney
Current Location: Blue Mountains
When I was a kid I wanted to be…James Dean
The studies I took to get where I am…Tertiary Preparation Certificate / Currently in 2nd yeah Bachelor of Communications
I’m most creative when…Inspired by a muse.
I started Altair because…I identified a lack of similar and approachable concepts that offered people charge & commision free exhibition / publication exposure.
The tools I can’t live without…Contax t2/ Bose Soundlink
My favourite film camera is…a Voigtlander VF101 because it was my first owned camera, Voigtlander were actually one of the first companies to manufacture the now common lens.
I’m inspired by…those with a value for time and communication.
I’m Currently reading…Against Interpretation / Susan Sontag
The website I hang out on the most…VICE & i-d
I’m currently listening to…NAO vs A.K. Paul – So good
Digital Technology…The second industrial revolution
Travel is…a rarity but a novelty
My travel essentials are…Film &/or disposables
I feel most free when…in nature or with good company.
One thing I would like to do but haven’t gotten around to…create music
The challenges of being creative…the expenses of online perception and its value in the art scene can make it hard to express or curate your work with contextual confidence.
The highlights of the last 12 months have been…definitely working with so many talented photographers, meeting some great new friends also.
My advice to those who might want to follow in your footsteps…keep an open mind, work for the benefit of those that love, support & cherish you.
Do what you want..so long as you love what you do.
Photos: Michelle Owen