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15 from 15 | My Year in Photographs

December 15, 2015 – 6:06 pm

Since 2010, I’ve ended each year by wrapping up with some of my favourite moments through the photographs I’ve taken. It’s been a great year for pushing myself to experiment in new areas and styles of photography, both commercially and personally. I found myself heading in a few new directions with the primary focus being on creating new personal work, selling my work as prints and to continue to grow my portfolio photography business, “Foliolio”. Looking back on my photography from the year, it’s interesting to see how well these three things seemed to fit together and helped one another grow. This is my top 15 from 2015.

The Deer Of Nara - Mark LoboAlthough I spent much of my childhood in Japan, and still head back over to Tokyo at least once a year, I’ve never really had a chance to play tourist and actually explore some of the most beautiful and interesting places that Japan has to offer. This year I made a conscious effort to do just that and as a result, saw some incredible things. One of them being the beautiful deer of Nara.

One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo_3I teamed up with One Fine Print who helped me get my personal work onto people’s walls, something I’ve been striving to do well for years. Not only did they do an exceptional job at that, they also got one of my prints on the air and into the penthouse of Shay and Dean, the winners of “The Block” a reality TV show about renovations with a strong focus on interior design and styling. If you’re in Melbourne, be sure to check them out on the walls of the Pop Up shop before it closes!

Playful Food Photography - FrankenfruitI continued to work on my playful food photography series, “Graze“. It’s an experimental food photography series in which I give myself some studio time and some “ingredients” to see what kind of playful food creations I can come up with. This was the result, I call it “Frankenfruit”.

Foliolio - Fonda - Wild Hen DesignFoliolio, my side-photography business which focusses on working with designers who want their work photographed well, quickly gained momentum and I worked with some incredibly talented designers. This was one of my favourites from a colourful shoot with Wild Hen on the design work they did for Fonda Mexican.

Photography Studio - Mark LoboWith the growth of Foliolio, I found the perfect studio to work out of. This small decision resulted in the ability to create some great work and I’m so glad I decided to find a dedicated space to work out of. It even has a space for my hammock, what more can I say!

Spill Project | Mark Lobo | MilkIn between shoots, things got pretty messy in the studio thanks to a new photo series “spill”, but now everything smells great (ie. like coffee)!

The Creation of Donut…and I continued to play with my food.

Magdalena Ksiezak | Okay Kiosk | Handy SeriesMy main photo series of the year was “Handy“, which features creative people and what they do with their hands. One of my favourites was this one with Magdalena Ksiezak who makes adorable paper crafted creations.

Stuff You Can't Do With Novelty Sized Hands - Mark LoboAbandoning the seriousness of photography and with this new fascination with hands, I adopted a more playful approach, with a light-hearted spin-off series called, “Stuff you can’t do with Novelty Sized Hands“.

Ice Sculpture Photography - HandThe series fed other ideas, which led to some experiments, including the idea to create an “ice sculpture” using the novelty sized hands as the mould.

Spenceroni - Hello Play - Mark Lobo PhotographyI worked with friend and graphic artist, Spencer Harrison AKA Spenceroni on some promotional imagery for Hello Play, his exhibition at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne’s CBD. We created a series of playful photographs, showcasing Spencer’s work, all the while “playing” and experimenting as we did.

Drone Photography - PDN Magazine - Mark Lobo - Nate BoltI was featured on the front cover of PDN Magazine’s January issue. It was an issue on innovation, featuring the work I created with Nate Bolt and the long exposure of his drone over the Californian desert.

Do Lectures Australia - Mark LoboA 7 hour drive from Melbourne, Do Lectures Australia once again took place in the beautiful Victorian high country in Glen Valley atPayne’s Hut.  It’s a land without phone reception or internet access, and a sky with seemingly more stars than negative space.  I couldn’t have been happier being back in the thick it all to photograph for another 6 days of incredible people, great conversation and a good community.

I started to get a bit more involved with Melbourne’s photography and Instagram community. I met some great folks and got to be a tourist on Phillip Island, shooting late into the night and witnessing thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters flying overhead. I have to say, it feels like things are coming full circle and am feeling inspired by landscapes once again. I’m looking forward to where this all heads in the new year! Playful, experimental, handy landscapes for people’s walls?

Chili Philli |Mark Lobo | Handy SeriesAnd Lucky last, this ridiculous selfie I took with Phil Ferguson aka @ChiliPhilli when we did our Handy Series shoot.

Have a great holiday season everyone and all the best for 2016!!!

One Fine Print – Pop Up in Brunswick

October 30, 2015 – 6:35 pm

One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo_3

I’m pretty excited to announce that I’ve been working on a few new prints for One Fine Print’s latest pop-up store.  After an amazing response to it’s first pop-up on Smith Street in Fitzroy, it’s just re-opened it’s doors in Brunswick, in Melbourne’s North.  So if you’ve been wanting some large, printed photographic work of your own, come and have a look. It’s a great time to go see them big and on real walls! I’m in good company, sharing the space with Danish Furniture from Retropia, and some incredibly talented professional photographers.  I’ve got a few new prints up in there now and am finally working on some more colourful still lifes too!  I’ve included a few of my favourite prints available through the store, both physically and online below.

The store is open until the end of December @ 70 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, next to “Gelobar”. Keep an eye out for “the bananas” in the window! Hope you can check it out 🙂

One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo_4
One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo_5
One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo_6
One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne
One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo
One Fine Print | Pop Up Store | Melbourne | Mark Lobo_2
Bananas - Graze - One Fine Print - Mark Lobo
Autumn Finds - One Fine Print - Mark Lobo
Bananas - Graze - One Fine Print - Mark Lobo

 

New Spill – Ice Cream

September 30, 2015 – 1:05 pm

After an AMAZING trip to Japan, I’m finally back in the studio, spilling stuff and cleaning up heaps. I’ve started to continue to photograph more images for my “Spill Series“.  This one was probably one of the messiest, but delicious.

Ice Cream - Spill Project - MarkLobo

See #lobospill for more from this series on Instagram.

Graze – New Food Photography Project

January 9, 2014 – 3:37 pm

I’ve recently started to put aside a bit of time to focus on a new food photography series that I’ve been working on. I spent a few hours working from my home in Melbourne to experiment with some potatoes that I had been, err… “growing” for a few months. Initially destined for a delicious roast in the colder winter months, it soon became apparent that potatoes growing out of control can look quite incredible. So I left them to do their thing in a cupboard. I’m going to push forward with this series, in the direction of photographing simple, interesting looking foods with a bit of character. I imagined them as a family of potatoes escaping the heat of the oven. Here’s what I came up with:

Graze - Melbourne Food Photography Series - Mark Lobo - Potatoes

Here is the previous image from the series:

Graze - Melbourne Food Photography Series - Mark Lobo - Bananas

If you have any thoughts on what food I should photograph next, please feel free to comment and let me know!

13 from 13

December 13, 2013 – 3:23 pm

Wow. I’m amazed at how fast this year has gone by.  I moved to the beautiful, vibrant and creative city of Melbourne, made new friends, watched a billion comedy shows and worked with some incredible new clients.  Here is my annual wrap up of my top 13 from 2013.

Michael Doneman - Melbourne Photo Shoot

Michael Doneman – One of my favourite portraits of the year was of Michael, a friend and former business coach.

Bay Of Fires Tasmania - Mark Lobo

Bay of Fires – I worked on some editorial photography for a story on “Walks of Australia” One of the most beautiful walks we did was the Bay of Fires, in Tasmania.  It was stunning.

Food Photography - Bananas - Mark Lobo

Banana shoot – My new business cards will have “Fruit Balancing Expert” written on them.  I worked on a few playful food photography images for a personal project.

Chrissie Swan Book - Mark Lobo

Chrissie Swan – I worked with the beautiful Chrissie Swan for some imagery to promote her new book.  I also worked with her on a different shoot, but more on that in the new year! 🙂

Von Vintage Typewriter Print - Mark Lobo

A New Von Vintage Print – A few old negatives were unboxed, scanned and I finally released another print for my film photography project, Von Vintage.

Magdalena Wosinska - SemiPermanent - Mark Lobo

Semi Permanent Melbourne Semi Permanent in Melbourne had me on my feet for two crazy big days, photographing the event and also shooting video. I saw some great speakers and came away totally inspired. This is a portrait of fellow photographer and speaker, Magdalena Wosinska.

Jaron Lanier - Dumbo Feather - Mark Lobo Photography

Dumbo Feather – I finally got to work with Dumbo Feather on this shoot with Jaron Lanier in Sydney.

Dare Cold Pressed Iced Coffee | Mark Lobo Photography

Dare Iced coffee – On a caffeine high, I photographed some product and lifestyle shots of Dare Iced Coffee’s new cold pressed coffee range at St. Ali in South Melbourne.

Dicko Watercooler - Mark Lobo

Dicko – I had the honour of photographing Dicko, in creating a set of imagery to be used for Watercooler Talent and Media, a company which he co-founded.

Mark Lobo - Instagram - Melbourne

iPhone Photography Awards – In the cold of winter, I received a few honourable mentions for some of my Instagram photos submitted into the iPhone Photography Awards.  This was taken during a Melbourne heatwave, and had me wishing all year for that warm weather to come back around again. Still waiting, Melbourne!

Steve Earl - Otway Harvest - Mark Lobo

Otway Harvest – Travelling with a group of international journalists, I worked on capturing the food culture of Melbourne and surrounds.  The highlight was shooting at Otway Harvest, the beautiful ocean side truffle farm of chef, Steve Earl.  I’ll put together photo essay of this trip once the story is published in the new year!

Dumbo Feather - White House - Mark Lobo

The White House – I photographed a few businesses at their amazing shared work space known as “The White House” for Est Magazine, home to extraordinary ethical businesses like Small GiantsDumbo Feather and Tom Organic.  It was such a beautiful space to shoot in, I want to live there.

Awkward Famil Portrait Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Awkward Melbourne Family Portraits – And finally, something silly for the silly season – On a beautiful Spring day, a group of friends reenacted a few of our favourite poses from Awkward Family Photos.

Stay safe and have a great holiday season everyone! I’m looking forward to an even better 2014!

Excited Tourist and a Koala - Mark Lobo

 

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Photography for Dare Cold Pressed Coffee

October 17, 2013 – 3:13 pm

Matt Perger and Salvatore Malatesta - Mark Lobo Photography

I had the pleasure of working with F4 Consulting to create a series of lifestyle photographs to promote Dare‘s new range of cold pressed coffee. I shot a range of editorial and lifestyle photography of both the coffees themselves and their Coffee Ambassadors: Salvatore Malatesta, owner of Melbourne’s St. Ali and their head barista and 2013 AASCA Coffee Championships winner, Matt Perger. It was a fun day of shooting whilst highly caffeinated at St. Ali in South Melbourne, working out of both the cafe and cupping room. These are a few of my favourite shots.

Dare Cold Pressed Iced Coffee | Mark Lobo Photography

Dare Cold Pressed Iced Coffee | Mark Lobo Photography

Playful Food Photography Series

July 1, 2013 – 6:44 pm

Mark Lobo - Food Photography - Bananas

I’ve recently started to actually schedule time into my “work week” and dedicate it to working on personal projects. Up until now, my attention was only really given to these projects when I had the time, usually when I was on a break or when convenient. I recently spent a day working on a new approach to photographing food, inspired by the food photography of artist Florent Tanet and photographs I had seen in contemporary food journal, The Gourmand.

After a few hours of experimenting with some fruit, I came up with these two shots. One, a more commercially styled and lit shot, and the other more fun and playful. I hope for this to be the beginnings of a new personal and frequent series of work, looking at food photography in a much more playful way.

Mark Lobo - Food Photography - Bananas

Food Photography for Sofitel

March 27, 2013 – 5:49 pm

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

I teamed up with the good people at Underbrand to create the photographic content and food photography for Sofitel Brisbane’s magazine, Enchanté. Here are a few of my favourite photographs and tear sheets.

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Food Photography - Melbourne - Mark Lobo

Brisbane Marriott – Motion Bar & Grill

December 21, 2011 – 1:26 pm

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Brand Development Agency, Underbrand on the photography for the new restaurant, Motion Bar and Grill at The Marriott, Brisbane. I had previously worked with Underbrand on projects such as the photography for Jam Jar and as always, was a pleasure to work with a team of highly motivated visual perfectionists!

Here are a few of the final images and artwork that resulted from the shoot. As a lover of nice wood grain, I’m thrilled that we were able to tie all the shots together with such a nice brown tone and texture.  You can see more of my shots on the Motion Bar and Grill website.

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Mark Lobo Photography - Marriott Brisbane - Motion Bar Grill

Jam Jar

April 27, 2011 – 7:04 pm

Mark Lobo Photography - Food Photography - Jam Jar

I recently worked with branding agency, Underbrand on a photo shoot for Jam Jar, a new restaurant/bar in West End, Brisbane. With it’s lane way inspired, stencil and street art covered walls and Queenslander inspired seating, it was an inspiring space to work out of. Their menu looked pretty delicious, I don’t think I’ve salivated more on a shoot than I did when working on their food photography. With the owners being a mother-son duo, it was a fun portrait shoot, capturing the intimate energy and genuine moments that emerged as the two played off of one another. One of the best things about working with Jam Jar was the commissioned artwork that they asked me to work on. Covering a 5 meter wide space behind the bar, it definitely was a first for me see my photography turned into a wallpaper on such a large scale. So go check out my one photo exhibition on the wall of Jam Jar and have a tasty meal or drink while you’re at it!

Mark Lobo Photography - Food Photography - Jam Jar

Mark Lobo Photography - Dining - Jam Jar

Mark Lobo Photography - Jamie Simmonds - Jam Jar

Mark Lobo Photography - Robyn and Jamie - Jam Jar

Mark Lobo Photography - Bar Wallpaper Photograph - Jam Jar

 

 

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