Operation Bilby

Get more eyes on your products and brand with this iconic outdoor adventure art project.

Art Project: Operation Bilby; The Sentinel

Operation Bilby is an art project intended to do a few things:

  • Promote outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle
  • Promote Australian companies and their products
  • Create a new Australian mythology
  • Demonstrate that despite the racial diversity of Australia, all Australians have common goals and common values
  • Demonstrate women are capable of contributing to national goals and ideals outside of archaic gendered roles

Aim: To be at least shortlisted in any state or national art, photography, or other awards and competitions.

Art Project: Operation Bilby; On Comms

We want to help you get save time and get maximum benefit. You will get:

  • Extensive social media promotion
  • Featuring your brand or personal contribution
  • Exclusive access to the photo library that can be used for your own promotional uses
  • Product placement
  • Displayed in art galleries
Art Project: Operation Bilby; Serrated Edge

This art project was first conceived in November 2021 and call for sponsors and participants was made in December 2021. Since then, participants and resources (including costumes) were sourced. Then, most unfortunately, Russia invaded Ukraine. This art project was not meant to be about nationalism or to contribute to anti-Russia sentiment. We have deepest sympathies for the people of Ukraine, and we wish we could provide support for them. We never intended for this project to have any relationship to any actual wars, and we do not want to distract from the plight of the Ukrainian people.

Art Project: Operation Bilby; Stalking Prey

Who can benefit

This art project is suited for any outdoor-related and adventure companies. We have a preference for Australian companies. This project will be great for the following companies:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Boots / outdoor footwear
  • Women’s’ active wear
  • Outdoor electronics (inc. uhf radios, navigation, and other equipment)
  • Camping equipment manufacturers
  • Adventure / outdoor training organisations
  • Private sponsors (will receive merch and art prints)
  • and more

Operation Bilby on the Socials

See how it’s going on the socials

Art Project: Operation Bilby; Dinner at Dusk

Who is involved?

The following people will be involved?

  • Travel Photos head photographer
  • Our photography assistant
  • Talented models
  • Talented makeup artists
  • Talented costume designers or an active wear company
Art Project: Operation Bilby; Assassin Mode

Policies

  • No gun or hunting promotions
  • No racism or sexism
  • Pro-humanity, and nations’ rights to peaceful existence
Art Project: Operation Bilby; Enemy on the Move

Talent Database

It’s been a tough time for us. Since Andrew arrived back in Melbourne after 20 years away, he had a good six months to get reacquainted with Melbourne before the lockdowns began. We’re now in a rebuilding phase, and that means we now need to network and re-establish a team of people we trust and are happy to work with. We expect to get commercial jobs helping Melbourne and Victorian companies with their commercial product and branding photography. Many of these companies have international ambitions, so we are looking to work with enthusiastic and talented people. We are looking for a range of different people to work with, including:

  • Models (male and female)
  • Makeup artists
  • Shoot location assistants
  • Second-photographers
  • Hair stylists
  • Wardrobe
  • etc

Please add your details to our database here and we will get back to you when a suitable job comes up.

In the “Tell us about you” section, include info like what type of style you specialise in, what types of jobs are of most interest to you. We would rather work with people who are in their comfort or interest zone.

A makeup artist preparing a model for a shoot in Yokohama Japan
A makeup artist preparing a model for a shoot in Yokohama Japan

We won’t be employing people, but contracting them on a per-job basis. We believe in equity, diversity, respect, dignity, and workplace safety.

Covid Chaos in Aus

I want to explain why there’s been a sudden shocking explosion of coronavirus cases in a country that once held the line so well. Also, I’ve got to explain how I plan to survive this.

The federal government as abdicated much of its responsibilities of the 1908 Public Health Act. Filling the void each of the states have implemented their own leadership. As much as state resources allowed, they were quite successful. There were tough periods, but the state leadership did the best they could. The sudden explosion of covid cases could be explained by this perfect storm:

  • Federal government failing to get the long-promised Rapid Antigen Test kits (the states are now purchasing their own)
  • Lockdown fatigue (due to inadequate federal level measures), leading to a need to open up
  • Christmas and New Year holidays, when people began mixing and travelling. This was fine, considering the transmissibility of the Delta and other older variants.
  • The high transmissibility of the new omicron variant
  • A conflict between the states requirement to isolate until a negative test result is returned, but a federal policy of opening up. A federal government still failing to meets its obligations under the Public Health Act 1908 and Human Services (Medicare) 1973.
Sunrise over Albert Park and Melbourne CBD
Sunrise over Albert Park and Melbourne CBD

How bad is it? By 2nd Jan 2022, Melbourne had more cases of coronavirus than it did in all of 2020. Today, at time of writing, we had over 17,000 new confirmed infections in the last 24 hours alone. 30% of all test results are positive. The testing centres being so overwhelmed simply closed. For three days this week I tried fourteen times to get tested, and was turned away each time.

It is now simply impossible to get tested, so what can we do? If you have symptoms, it’s more likely to be covid than anything else. Though, I suspect my symptoms are just hayfever. I’m still playing it safe.

  • Stay home in isolation
  • Use painkillers like panadol
  • Stay hydrated
  • Monitor your blood oxygen levels if you have that feature on a smart watch or have a pulse oximeter
  • Monitor your body temperature
  • Wait until PCR testing centres reopen, or check with your local pharmacy to see if you can be put on a list of people to possibly receive a Rapid Test. At time of writing, the Victorian government has not announced how they plan to distribute their RAT kits, but announced they will be free
  • Let a friend or family member know that you’re isolating and have symptoms
  • If you’re vaccinated, like me, you probably will only suffer from just a cough
  • Take all the vitamins you have (especially vitamins B, C, and D). B because coronavirus mainly attacks the nervous system, but we feel it as a respiratory disease. C as it probably does help the body fight the coronavirus like it does a common cold. D because you’re not going outside, so your body is unable to use sunlight to make vitamin D
  • Order groceries online with like Coles home delivery

Best of luck. Follow us on the socials and let us know how you’re travelling through this new stage of the pandemic.

Posters and billboard ads

As an experiment I wanted to see how a photo would look on the streets of Elsternwick Melbourne. I chose a photo from a photo shoot I did with a great local model Wendy earlier this year. Mocked up a poster. Got some photos of my neighbourhood, and photoshopped in the mock poster. Here are the results. Can you imagine a local small businesses using promoting their own wares too? We’re eager to work with local hairdressers, makeup artists, real estate agencies, you name it.

Which is your favourite scene?

International Women’s Day 2021

Our ethos is equity, respect, dignity, freedom, and travel. To honour these, we’ll offer 30% off commercial photo shoots for female small business owners. This can be for products, show of experiences and services, professional portraits, whatever.

Terms and conditions: small businesses (less than 10 employees), the company director be female, be situated in Victoria Australia. Certain expenses like travel costs cannot be discounted.

Contact us now. Valid for anytime before Easter 2021

New Coastal and Maiko Wall Art

For a limited time, we’ve added new wall art to our store. They all are our favourites. But if we had to choose one… then our favourite is Apostles Beach, Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse, and Maiko in Kyoto.

They are printed on archival-gallery quality acid-free paper with high quality printers and ink. Available as frame or unframed prints, and artist-signed prints available too. Printed in Melbourne for Australian region distribution, and US and EU authorised makers. More details in the product descriptions.

See them all here Travel Photos Store.

Model call: Outdoor clothing Melbourne Vic #ModelCall

Outdoor clothing modelling

I have an expression of interest from a client, and so I need to research options.

Who am I?  Andrew is a commercial photographer who has been based in Japan for nearly 15 years. For family reasons he’s returned and is re-establishing his business his business in Australia. You can see his old website at JapanesePhotos.Asia, his Model Mayhem account, Instagram, and Twitter for more background on him.

Who: We need both male and female models who have an interest and history of outdoor activities. Yes, you can suggest a friend to work with; we will consider their portfolio. Ultimately, the client makes the final approval of who we can work with.

What: The job is to model outdoor clothing and some equipment. If you have not done fashion modelling before, please research some suitable poses.

Pay: We need to know what your fees are on a per hour and on a per day basis. We are not looking for the cheapest models, but the most suitable, I just need to present options and cost approximations to the client. I usually pay from about $25/hr or $100 a day, but this usually depends on the job and the clients’ budget.

Portfolio: To present the best case to the client, we need a few things:

  • Your online portfolio (usually your Instagram or Model Mayhem account is fine). We assume that portfolios that include outdoor activities may be viewed more favourably.
  • Your per hour / per day payment expectations.
  • If you’re ok with sharing behind the scenes images of the shoot on your social media account, and if you’re ok to share many of the final images on your social media account too.
  • Your clothing sizes (for shirts, jackets, trousers, shoes – Aust size & cm); height, waist, bust, chest, hat/head sizes.
  • Availability (we prefer weekdays, but weekends might be possible)
  • (emailing a pdf with a sample of photos and the above responses will make it a lot easier for us)

Where: The shoot will be done in a National Park or similar place near Melbourne or the Yarra Ranges. Transport may be provided from either Epping or a convenient nearby train station. If we shoot in a National Park, we may be limited on the number of vehicles we are allowed in, so it is ok to have a friend drop you off and pick you up again.

When: mid July (probably on weekdays), TBA. The shoot may be timed for when you (the models) are available.

Makeup: Please do your own, a makeup artist probably won’t be approved by the client. Please don’t do high fashion or glamour, but suitable for outdoor & camping type of activities.

Accommodation: If this is a multi-day shoot, none is provided this time, so you will need to return to your home each day, which will probably be after sunset. We suggest to have a friend pick you up as you may be too tired to drive safely near the end of the day.

Wear: Most clothing will be provided. Please bring your own warm clothes for comfort in between shoots. We strongly suggest thermal underclothes (especially v-neck). It is possible that thermal underclothing may be provided, tbc. Please ask and confirm this closer to the time of the shoot.

Food & bring: Main meals (probably only lunch) will be provided, but please bring your own drinks and snacks. Portable battery charger for your phone with cables. Your own makeup supplies. A book or your music to help recharge and reset in rest periods.

Liability: Travel Photos PtyLtd and the client will consider you as a sub-contractor. Which means you need to be responsible for your own public liability insurance, your own health insurance, and so forth.

Final note:  Andrew and Travel Photos PtyLtd prefer to work with people we know. If we can do this shoot, there is a higher probability we will work together again.

Updates: This page was last updated on 10th July.

25th July 2019:  The client has put back the the shoot due to other projects being prioritised. Further updates will come when the shoot can be scheduled.

Model Call: Melbourne Vic 18th Feb to 1st Mar

Young Japanese lady in the trendy part of Nagoya city at night.

What: City / Street portraits
Where: Melbourne CBD
When: A day and time that’s convenient to the both of us
What to wear: Normal smart-casual (jeans and white button-up type shirt preferred). Basically, look affluent, inspiring, and the ideal guy/girl next-door.
Makeup: We’re on a limited budget, so please do your own for natural / affluent like.
Why: I’m relocating to Melbourne from Japan. I need to meet models to work with for future commercial work. These photos will also make sample products to promote my business for travel portraiture.
Benefits: I will provide photos both full size (for printing and portfolio making), and web-size (for social media self-promotion), but not for resale.
More info: Check back here for updates.
Contact: https://travelphotos.asia/contact.html.