Earlier this year, I collaborated with AER design to create a set of hero images for Melbourne’s “Winter at Fed Square” campaign. We worked on producing 4 final artworks, that had the flexibility to fit different print formats, digital promotions, way finding, signage and an animation. I couldn’t have asked for a more iconic Melbourne location than Federation Square to have the work displayed. Special thanks to Stray Orbit for the excellent retouching work you put in to help me hit our deadline and 77 productions for the animation.
Here are a few images and final artwork from the shoot.
Sharing a studio with One Fine Print has its perks. We had some fun filling up our massive office walls with some huge new prints! You can read more about them here and check out the little timelapse we made below!
I recently joined a few Instagrammers out on Phillip Island, just under two hours out of Melbourne, for a tour of the beautiful coastline out at Cape Woolamai. There wasn’t much of a sunset like we had hoped for, but it made for the most peaceful night, shooting long exposures of the waves and seeing the silhouettes of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters flying above. It was so refreshing to get excited about photography outside of my professional style of work and just have some fun. This is what I saw:
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.
Although 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.
I 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!
I 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, 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.
With 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!
In between shoots, things got pretty messy in the studio thanks to a new photo series “spill”, but now everything smells great (ie. like coffee)!
…and I continued to play with my food.
My 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.
The 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.
I 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.
I 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.
A 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?
And 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!!!
If you’re a fan of the TV show The Block, you may have seen one of my leaf prints on the walls of Dean and Shay’s apartment last night! I had known that a photographic print of mine had been used to decorate the foyer of their penthouse apartment, but didn’t really know whether or not we’d get much love from the judges. But my jaw hit the floor when judges Neale Whitaker and Darren Palmer pointed out the work and commented on how beautiful it was, likening the space to an art gallery. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut of one of my prints to the Blocktagon!
If you’ve been interested in the print for the walls of your own home, it can be found here on the One Fine Print Website:
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 🙂
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.
See #lobospill for more from this series on Instagram.
I’ve been focussing a lot more on shooting still-life photography recently, mostly due to the Melbourne weather being so damn unpredictable and cold, making cozy studio time much more appealing than being rained out on a location shoot. It’s set off a chain of experimental personal projects which are all currently in progress, but a few of which you can preview on my Instagram account, here.
What started out as a fun, light hearted series called “Stuff you can’t do with novelty sized hands”, ended up sparking the idea to create an “ice sculpture” using the novelty sized hands as the mould.
I didn’t let myself think through the details too much, allowing it to be more of a creative excercise. I got started on making the ice hand and figured I’d photograph it and work it all out through experimentation, when I next had a break in my schedule. So I cleared some space in the freezer and had this creepy thing in there for 2 months… (please excuse the next few terrible photos off my phone).
Over 2 days, I experimented with a few different lighting set ups and figured that lighting it from below with some gels was the best approach in capturing the translucency of ice. I used some Profoto B1 flashes which were the perfect height to place between two low tables with a plate of glass over the top. Not to mention, completely wireless and could stand on their own. Look mom, no stands!
I rolled out some seamless backdrops and cut a hole through it to let some light through. I went with a darker grey, lit with blue gels.
Then came the hardest part. Actually getting the ice out of the mould without breaking it. I melted the hand to loosen it away from the glove, but carelessly broke off some fingers in an attempt to free it. It turns out there is a fine art to evenly melting an ice hand out of a novelty sized hand.
I made two more smaller hands and patiently waited to cut them free the following day. Unfortunately, I had the same problem and ended up losing some fingers, but was successful in getting the second one out in-tact. I pumped up the air con, mid-winter and was good to go!
“Celebrating all things play, Hello Play is an invitation to put aside being serious for a moment and reconnect with your sense of curiosity and adventure. From paintings, patterns, and prints, to sculptures and more. Hello Play is experimental, colourful, and a little bit whimsical, but most of all fun.”
With this in mind, we created a series of playful photographs, showcasing Spencer’s work, all the while “playing” and experimenting as we did. The resulting images were designed for use in both square format for Spencer’s Instagram account, but also for larger dimensions for his press release and other social media. Here are a few of my favourite’s from the shoot:
We also made this fun animation which Spencer turn into a gif and video:
In the lead up to The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I worked with the “Three Toms” of Australian comedy; Tom Gleeson, Tom Ballard and Tommy Little for a piece in Tiger Air’s inflight magazine, Tiger Tales. As a big fan of the comedy festival in Melbourne and having seen them all perform live before, it was an incredible experience to finally work with them. The location was just as amazing, at the heavily themed “The Carlton” bar on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD. It was an early start with just three hours to capture three cover options, several inside double page spread options, individual portraits and a suite of images to accompany the story. I somehow managed to get it all done! Here are a few of my favourite spreads.
Working as a one man band, trying to balance both professional and personal work often leaves me too “time poor” to see my personal projects reach their final and ultimate materialisation… PRINT. I’ve done this many times before, through exhibitions, a print store for Von Vintage and countless, tedious one-off sales over email. I have to say, it always takes over my life! With relief and elation, I’m happy to announce that I have partnered with One Fine Print to bring to life the work that I most truly love to create.
With a pop-up showcase coming up on Smith street in Fitzroy, Melbourne and online sales through their website, some of my favourite pieces will finally be available in large printed form. Stay tuned for more info on the launch on 30th of March and in the meantime, check out all the beautiful work from all the incredible photographers involved.
One Fine Print – Pop Up Showcase and Launch 327 Smith Street, Fitzroy Open Daily 10am – 6pm March 30 – April 26
This year brought a number of exiting new experiences, both professionally and personally. I walked 100km, photographed under the stars of the Californian desert and surpassed my record for the most number of shoots in a year! It felt so fast though, and I’m still struggling to understand how I managed to pack it all into a year. Here is my top 14 from 2014 in photographs:
Graze – There were a few new additions to my playful food photography series, including some hot potatoes.
Shotkit – I was asked to photograph and talk about some of the gear I use, organised neatly, so I put together a little timelapse video of the process:
360 – Melbourne Hip Hop artist 360, was the subject of an “Ink not Mink” campaign which I photographed for PETA.
Do Lectures Australia and USA – I photographed Do Lectures Australia and also made my way to Do Lectures USA where I met some great minds. I came back inspired and ready to make some big changes.
Oxfam Trailwalker – A painful and exhausting experience, but a truly rewarding and memorable one was training with a group of friends to walk 100km in 34 hours, to raise money for Oxfam Australia, and we did it! Registrations for Trailwalker 2015 is closing soon, get in quick!
Scott Spark – Scott Spark released his new album, muscle memory, which I had photographed the album artwork and promotional photography for. I had taken some playful photographs on a Nishika 3D lenticular film camera during our shoot, which I scanned and turned into this gif:
Peter Berner – I worked with Australian comedian and TV personality Peter Berner, on some new promotional imagery and finally got to use the yellow backdrop that I had been wanting to use for months!
…And I got in! I photographed this night portrait of William Wilkinson, late at night in the desert at Phoot Camp.
PDN Cover – One of the most incredible things that came out of the Phoot Camp experience was this collaboration with Nate Bolt, who flew his drone across the desert as we captured it’s light painting. We ended up getting the cover of the January 2015 issue of PDN!
Travel things – I tacked on a few extra things to my US trip, which included attending Do Lectures USA, a Creative Mornings summit in New York, catching up with colleagues, friends and family and going to Sleep No More (if you’re ever in NYC, it’s a MUST). This is a summary of the experience in one photo:
Squam Lake – Between events, I spent a day out at Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Exactly what I needed to see me off on the last leg of my journey to New York. I also put a photo essay up on Exposure, which you can see here.
Handy Series – Although still in it’s early days, what started out as a series on gang signs, soon turned into a series on creatives and the work they do with their hands. I’ve got a bunch of people lined up to take part in this project so stay tuned for an update!
And for a special bonus 15th, I wanted to share my favourite gif with a bunch of new friends from different Creative Mornings chapters, getting down and attempting to moonwalk at the Summit After party (photo by smilebooth):
Have a great holiday season everyone and all the best for 2015!!!
This is something awesome that I hope you can all get behind. I photographed a new, hip hop inspired, hand lettered, letter pressed charity calendar, with contributions from a range of talented Australian designers. All proceeds go towards supporting Heaps Decent in their efforts to empower, inspire and educate disadvantaged Australian youth through music workshops. The calendar is a collaboration between Melbourne Designer, Sass Cocker (Ask Alice Stationery) and students of Old School New School, beautifully letter pressed by Amy Constable of Saint Gertrude Letterpress.
I don’t consider myself to be much of a gear head. As long as the gear I use is designed to last and does what a certain job or project needs it to do, I’m not worried. The reality is every job needs different tools, so I have a basic kit that I can rely on, and hire everything else. If I start to use that gear regularly enough, then I’ll stop hiring it and buy it. I was asked by shotkit to showcase what’s in my bag and this is what I photographed. You can see all the details on what everything is here: shotkit.com/mark-lobo
Taking photos for myself and working on personal projects is something that I value strongly as a photographer, but sometimes balancing it with client work can make it a bit tricky and I can go weeks without taking a single frame for myself. I don’t always share every single photo I take or like, nor do I feel like that I have to. But I do feel that sharing my personal work often leads to working with great people on projects that I love to death. So I’ve decided this blog is probably the perfect place to start putting them out there, instead of sitting in an archive! I’ve decided to post a few of my favourite personal photographs at the end of every month. Here are a few from July. It’s interesting to see that this month has been very “Naturey”.
I befriended a horse as the sun rose out in Daylesford, Victoria.
The above is a film photograph from over 2 years ago, but only just scanned it in this month. So I guess that counts. I took an instagram of it too at the time, here’s the iphone version.
July was a month of ridiculous sunny/rainy weather.
In between shoots for Foliolio, I started finding time to shoot for myself.
And I also stood in for myself a bunch of times to test some lighting setups.
I was recently interviewed by Jonathan Cherry from Mull It Over. I thought I’d share it here, along with some of the images that I sent through to be featured. If you haven’t checked it out, head over to Mull It Over for some good photographic inspiration.
MARK LOBO: I grew up wanting to be a police man, baseball player or comedian. All things that I would have been terrible at!
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
ML: Passionate people. It’s a bit broad, but meeting new people who love and believe in what they do really inspires me to create great work and love the process.
JC: What are you up to right now?
ML: I just got back from visiting family in Tokyo, so at the moment I’m consciously taking things a bit slow while I still can. I’m using the time to plan and gather everything I need for a self-portrait application idea for Phoot Camp 2014 (you know, neck brace, dumbbells, rubber duckies, etc. etc.)
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
ML: I haven’t had anyone that I would officially call a mentor, but I have a group of friends who hold me accountable and help me with the support I need when it comes to making things happen. They are from different backgrounds and live in different cities around the world which I find gives me a fresh perspective and guidance with the obstacles I face and ideas I have.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
ML: Melbourne, Australia. It’s cold (by Australian standards), it’s beautiful and the people here get it when it comes to people following their passions. There’s a lot of support and it leaves me constantly inspired and feeling comfortable to create. At the same time, there are so many talented people here that it really drives me to create the best work I can.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
ML: There are a few things I’ll often share with new photographers. I usually send them this link. The most important thing would be to know what you want, which I think works on many levels. Knowing what you want to capture and how you want an image to look before even looking through the viewfinder is pretty important. And in the long term, knowing where you want to be 20 years time helps us make sure we stay on track and brings value to the things we do on a daily basis.
JC: If all else fails – what is your plan B?
ML: I think a plan B would only really happen if I couldn’t physically shoot anymore. I have a tech background and like building things, so I’d most likely be working towards building a web based, photography related business.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
ML: Community is so important. Trust, support and good passionate people are what I look for in a community, which has transpired through a group of big-hearted photographers I met through a photographic retreat called Phoot Camp. When you meet someone for the first time, and feel like you’ve known them forever, that’s when you know you’ve found your community. It’s validating and inspiring to meet other people like yourself.
Melbourne stayed open over a crisp summer’s night, to transform itself into a visual celebration of art and light. Along with 500,000 others, I flocked into the city to experience what I had only heard about the year before. Despite the crowds, it was a beautiful night to be out into the early hours of the morning. Here are a few photographs of what I saw at White Night.