Billboard design, canberra

My first billboard design in Canberra

As a kid, I was fascinated by masterpieces of classic and modern literature and ‑like many others my age- dreamed of writing a novel, or a collection of short stories and become a famous literary figure. I even had a very good name for my hypothetical novel, which is so good I won’t tell anybody, just in case I find time in this life to write the book. I was living the lives of Bulgakov, Joyce, Proust, and Kafka and spent days and nights working on my own short stories. Life, however, had a different plot for me, with different characters playing pivotal roles in my life, and to my surprise, my first work that printed maybe in millions was not a novel or a collection of short stories, actually not a bonded book at all, but a package I’ve designed for a fountain pen. It was not an excellent pen and certainly didn’t had a very good package. My “work of art” was judged and used in a very different way than what I originally had in mind, but, it touched so many people, perhaps a lot more than the number of people who might read my stories.

I think, for graphic designers, consumer product package design and billboards are two empowering and critical subjects at the same time. Both of them are “out there” to be judged and experienced by almost every kind of person in society, not to mention that their impact is also measurable in various ways.

This is my first billboard in Canberra, Australia. The brand must attract attention in the shortest span of time (around 2.5 seconds, before display switches to another ad), and should be visible under the southern sun.
Because branding hadn’t defined a secondary colour, I’ve chosen the most visible and noticeable yellow the outdoor advertising industry recommends of LED displays.

The photo is taken by Canon 5D mark II and Canon EF 17 – 40mm f/4.0L USM.

Big Impact Advertising is the billboard provider.

 

Northbourne Ave, looking north west. Civic, Canberra, ACT.

B2B Magazine April issue is out.

One of the challenges of the April issue of the B2B Magazine was the choice of photography for Cheif Minister’s message. The good news of growing confidence in ACT’s business landscape rightfully demands pictures of a “hustling and bustling” market, something difficult to get in Canberra, not because it’s not energetic and active, but because of its careful urban design that distributes the population and avoids bottlenecks and crowds, except for festivals and celebrations.

So, I’ve decided to take some long-exposure shots of Bunda street and London circuit at night to communicate the feeling of constant flow of humans in the city.

Thanks to B2B publisher and editor Tim Benson for being supportive and patient with me to try my chances on the night shots.

Photos taken by Canon 5D Mark II, 17 – 40 L USM and a vintage Japanese brass tripod of past century bought in an antique shop for 3 dollars because we couldn’t find the ball head mount of our office tripod.

As always, for those that are interested in design, here is the link to the magazine in print form, as well as a selection of my designs that I like the most on this issue.

 

 

Canberra City Band open day 2016

Canberra City Band open day 2016

The Canberra City Band Inc. is the leading community music organisation in Australia’s capital city. The organisation has several ensembles that all contribute to and serve the Canberra community. In addition to the original concert band, the organisation includes Spectrum Big Band and the John Agnew Band. The organisation also includes a number of small ensembles.

CCB is one of Australia’s oldest community concert bands and Australian National Eisteddfod Band Champions 2009 – 2015. Also, CCB was runner-up National Band Championship 2015.

I had the privilege to photograph the Canberra City Band open day 2016. Here are a selection of photos. Many thanks to CCB members, organisers and music directors for their kindness, patience and support.

 

Canberra City Band open day 2016

Canberra City Band open day 2016

Canberra City Band open day 2016

The Canberra City Band Inc. is the leading community music organisation in Australia’s capital city. The organisation has several ensembles that all contribute to and serve the Canberra community. In addition to the original concert band, the organisation includes Spectrum Big Band and the John Agnew Band. The organisation also includes a number of small ensembles.

CCB is one of Australia’s oldest community concert bands and Australian National Eisteddfod Band Champions 2009 – 2015. Also, CCB was runner-up National Band Championship 2015.

I had the privilege to photograph the Canberra City Band open day 2016. Here are a selection of photos. Many thanks to CCB members, organisers and music directors for their kindness, patience and support.

Canberra City Band open day 2016

Big Boss Groove in Great Hall, Parliament House -

Big Boss Groove in Great Hall, Parliament House

Big Boss Groove is a well-known Canberra-based corporate party band. Made up of nine incredibly talented and professional musicians, their jazz performances are both beautiful and strong. I’ve enjoyed their performance first in 2015 in Merimbula jazz festival and later had the chance to shoot them on their rehearsals and also one of their performances in Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra.

Big Boss Groove in Great Hall, Parliament House