Photographer & Founding Editor, Blacklisted Magazine
Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts), Photography pathway
Awards: Top Photography student in both Year 1 and Year 2
“We’re right in the middle of the culture of Hamilton and the arts scene.”
Gaining the skills to negotiate collaborative group projects has proved particularly valuable. As a student, Johnston established herself as a magazine editor with Blacklisted - an arts, culture and fashion magazine she started up after the 2013 Spark Festival and was able to integrate into classwork. “I am hoping that one day Blacklisted becomes a nationally recognized arts and fashion magazine that impacts our culture and gives artists of all levels a platform to springboard off.”
Johnston continued the magazine and two years later returned to Spark festival as a graduate guest, sharing her magazine experience with students through a workshop.
In the future Naomi would love to work as a photographer in the commercial fashion and beauty industry. “I think there is a lot of room to develop the commercial scene here in New Zealand and a lot of talent to fish for.”