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

Collaboration Call

Lockdowns are over and many industries need to reinvigorate and recreate or create new connections. We are wanting to work with makeup artists, models, and costume designers to make a project go forward that can be used for our own self-promotion efforts. The long term plan is to get financial support for this project, and for it to be profitable for all involved (participants and financial supporters).

Theme: Women outdoors, in nature, in the sun, doing adventurous activities. More specific details will be given to serious potential collaborators and funding supporters.

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

Opportunities for sponsors: Exposure with product placement and multiple @ mentions in social media, and on-going placement in social media posts, videos, and in professional creatives’ portfolios.

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

Free Portrait Sesh Sat 13th Feb

A FREE PORTRAIT SESSION!!!! Sounds awesome right?!

Perfect for Lunar New Year & Valentines Day!

It’s our first public event since lockdowns, so we’re a little shy and nervous, but it’s a great chance to step out and do something different. We have professional experience in travel photography, but – like you – we can’t go anywhere. So, instead of stewing at home, we wanna get out and do pseudo-travel photography (pretend travel portraiture). So…

Let’s have some fun. Wear your best fashion, wear a top hat. Put that kimono on. Dust off that frock. Polish those boots. Do whatever you need to blast the lockdown lethargy and cobwebs off.

Why free? We really, really, really, wanna do portraiture again! We really wanna do stuff with the camera. We really wanna meet people again.

What does it cost? The shoot will be free. You’ll get two photos that will be small (not printable), but socially shareable. These will be AirDropped or emailed to you on the spot.

What can be paid for? More photos, professionally post-processed, printed on high quality art paper, framed, and delivered. Usually, a photoshoot costs money because it requires time to do properly. So, if you want something different and unique, let’s arrange that shoot.

Where? On the steps of the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne CBD.

When? Please book a time with us, which will be on Saturday the 13th Feb. Will we do this again? Probably not… for a very long time.

How long will it take? It’s free, so it will be a very short photoshoot, just 20mins or so, plus a bit of on-the-spot photo selection and post-processing.

FAQ continues… What if it rains? Great!

Free Travel Portrait Sessions

For a limited time only (at least until 31st May 2019), we will offer free portrait sessions to any travellers in Kyoto. Simply contact us.

An American woman in a beautiful kimono under the cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto
An American woman in a beautiful kimono under the cherry blossoms in Gion Kyoto

Conditions: It’s super easy.

  1. First, follow us on Instagram.
  2. Arrange a meeting time/place: Contact us.
  3. Meet us in either Gion or Yasaka Shrine
  4. We do the shoot for one hour (it’s a short simple shoot)
  5. We’ll quickly process the best of the bunch
  6. Send you a download link (or use AirDrop right away)
  7. Post our pictures on your Instagram tagging us in, and mentioning good things about us in your comments

What we will do is shoot for an hour. Together, we’ll go to a cafe or other convenient place, and while you wait we select and quickly process some key photos. Our cameras are bluetooth and wifi enabled, and we carry our iPads with us anyway. A link to a folder with your folders will be emailed to you. Maximum of 8 websized photos will be sent.

Paid for upgrades will include

  • A higher quality shoot for better photos
  • Prints or a photo book made and delivered to you
  • Extra time or locations
  • More photos delivered
  • Full print-sized digital files (web-sized files print badly)
  • Other full upgrades are possible, please see Portraits for more information.
Lam, a Taipei-based American model in Ximen shopping district in Taipei.
Lam, a Taipei-based American model in Ximen shopping district in Taipei.