Nov
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Living Light

Living Light is an interactive architectural installation in South Korea’s capital Seuol designed by American and Korean architects David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang. It’s part of an ambitious project aimed at creating structures that respond to both the physical and cultural environment. In their words the Living Architecture Lab aims to “to make visible the invisible forces that shape our world”.

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Nov
06
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Logotype; Jacob Battista

Here are a few initial proofs for a logotype for sound and lighting technician Jacob Battista.

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Nov
03
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Zumalai

I put together this short montage of life in Zumalai. Read more…

Oct
20
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Giant paste-up by Italian street artist Blu

Off The Wall

Italian street artist Blu has recently uploaded an epic collaborative animation project with American artist David Ellis. His creatures are brought to life using stop-motion animation where key frames are painted on walls and streets, sometimes at scales of ten or twenty meters, and then painstakingly whitewashed and re-painted.

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Oct
05
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Kids from the village of Zumalai pose for the camera.

Children of Zumalai (pt. 2)

The median age in Australia is 37. In Timor Leste it is 21. 35% of the population is under the age of 14. Many of these children have been orphaned by disease and war.

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Oct
05
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A young girl harvests rice in a paddy near Zumalai in East Timor.

Children of Zumalai (pt. 1)

Some of the Children from Zumalai and the surrounding district of Cova Lima on the south coast of Timor Leste.

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Oct
05
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The tetum word for gecko is 'teki' which can also refer to a pretty girl.

Timor-Leste; Companions

Last week I got back from the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Here are some of my traveling companions.

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Oct
04
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Mato Atom

Video by the very talented and conscientious Swiss animator Mato Atom.

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Sep
02
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The Lucksmiths perform their last show at the Corner Hotel in Richmond 2009.

The Lucksmiths – Swan Song

After 16 years Melbourne band The Lucksmiths have parted company. Their last few shows were at the corner hotel where they went back over 11 albums and picked out the crowd favourites. The Lucksmiths never get a lot of airplay but they had a great great number of nostalgic little songs about Melbourne celebrating domesticity and relationships.

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Aug
22
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Faces in the crowd at the VCA rally in Melbourne, 2009.

Save VCA Rally (Pt. 2)

More shots from the VCA rally through Melbourne yesterday.

I don’t think the stills really do justice the theatrics of the students so I’ll upload some video over the next couple of days as well. Geoffrey Rush gave a wonderfully impassioned speech about the importance of arts education and practical acting training before the rally started and you can see the first half of it here.

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Aug
22
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Demonstrators walk down St Kilda road at the VCA rally in Melbourne, 2009.

Save VCA Rally (pt. 1)

Students from Victorian College of the Arts staged a rally in Melbourne yesterday to protest the proposed changes to curriculum and cutbacks on teaching staff and courses.

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Aug
07
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Dustin Humphrey

I thought I’d post something up about my favourite photographic ad campaign this year. US photographer Dustin Humphrey has shot a series of surreal composites of surf action shots and underwater still-lifes for surf brand Insight. the campaign involved building elaborate beatnik set pieces off the coast of Bali above and below sea level. The campaign took out the Sony World Photography Award for commercial advertising.

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Jul
31
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Impasse

Impasse from Reel 13 on Vimeo. An excellent short by dutch director Bram Schouw.
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Jul
23
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City of Melbourne Logo

The City of Melbourne has unveiled its new corporate identity this week. Designed by Landor, one of the largest marketing and design agencies in the world, the new identity is designed to be “synonymous with the modern, vibrant, cool city Melbourne is today and will continue to be in the future” according to our current Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. The new logo definitely ticks the ‘cool’ and ‘modern’ boxes but it doesn’t reflect the history of the city and says very little about the lifestyle of its residents.

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Jul
14
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Losing Face

I’m all for removing dickheads from companies but the re-brand for Dick Smith Electronics seems a bit light on personality.

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May
26
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Welcome

When it started in 2009 my site was dedicated to inspiring work in any medium. It was a chance for me to share news and resources with other creative types and let people know what I’m working towards and where I’m coming from.

The blog was originally called Select-Av. ‘Av’ referred to the switch on some digital cameras that allows you to set the aperture and automate the other settings. A narrow aperture keeps everything in focus whereas a wide aperture isolates one small detail and throws the rest of the scene out of focus. I wanted to take the same approach with my posts here- sometimes looking at the big picture and other times the individual steps in the creative process.

Since that time it’s turned into a bit more of a diary/travelogue with the occasional essay thrown in for good measure. As it turned out the world of commercial design doesn’t lend itself to nice debriefs on the creative process. For example; if you write about identity design for a local business and use their name you run the risk of siphoning traffic away from their actual site. Clients may not be happy about showing what’s ‘under the hood’ of their design job and agencies tend to be selective in regards to what they put in their portfolios and who it can be attributed to. Further up the commercial food chain you run into non-disclosure agreements and a great deal of secrecy involving design projects and conceptual work.

That being the case, I tended to steer the blog towards showcasing artwork and design projects by people that I found inspiring. I also posted my own photos occasionally- but usually months or years after the fact.

In 2015 when it came time to re-design and overhaul the site I went back and re-visited those old posts hoping to update the images or find higher-res versions and was thrilled to re-discover those artists and see how their work had evolved in the intervening years.

I still work as a designer. I still shoot the occasional photograph. It still takes me months to process my photos.