All posts tagged: commercial

Nintendo’s Miyamoto Shigeru – It’s on like Donkey Kong (Literally)

In the lead up to the release of the Wii U console recently, I photographed Nintendo’s creative brain and main game designer, Miyamoto Shigeru. This man is credited with creating some of video gaming’s most famous franchises, including Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, to name a few; he is an elder-statesman, a legend of the nerd world and being a massive nerd myself, I was literally over the moon at the prospect of meeting him and photographing him (I think Zelda: A Link To The Past for the SNES is one of the greatest video games ever made). Better still, the photoshoot would be at Nintendo Headquarters in Kyoto, so I would get a bit of travel in to boot. In addition to all of that, we got to play the at-the-time unreleased new console, the Wii-U, with Miyamoto-san giving us the lowdown on all of the new features and specs while trying to knock us into bottomless pits. All in all, one of those awesome jobs that makes me glad I’m a photographer. I …

GAIJIN – Scott T. Hards: CEO, HobbyLink Japan

Here’s another notable gaijin: meet Scott T. Hards, the founder and CEO of HobbyLink Japan, the country’s biggest exporter of Japanese hobby-related goods. Back when I was a young nerdy lad living in Australia, I really wish there had been a site like this where I could get my hands on the latest Gundam model kits (not that I could afford it). As it was, back in the 1990s Japanese anime-related goods were extremely hard to come by and where available they were at extremely inflated prices. Scott originally came to Japan as a banker, and like many of us, just ended up staying. He eventually went into the business of exporting, starting out in a small apartment in Tokyo, and over the years his business has grown to the point where it operates out of a gigantic UFO-shaped warehouse in Sano, Tochigi, and employs several dozen people, both local and international. HobbyLink Japan exports to all countries, satisfying the otaku needs of nerds everywhere around the globe. How I shot this photo: This is …

GAIJIN – Brett Bull AKA Tokyo Reporter

Welcome to my new personal project under the working title ‘GAIJIN’ (外人), which is a word that means ‘foreigner’ in Japanese. Directly translated from the Chinese characters, it means ‘person from outside’, which is the general blanket term anyone here uses to describe a person – white, black, hispanic or asian – not native to Japan.  Gaijin aren’t especially new to this country, nor are they particularly rare in this day and age, especially in Tokyo. They are tolerated, treated respectfully and fairly on the whole, and every now and then are recognised for examples of greatness. To their credit, most gaijin here behave themselves and have given Japanese people no overt reason to fear or hate them. They are however, still treading the fine line between acceptance and being fully embraced as part of the community. Granted, this takes time, as in most communities around the globe, but Japan more than most has been slower to embrace the potential for raw ideas and energy that foreign hearts and hands can bring into a country. …

Bad Girls

Don’t be trying to sweet-talk these two – all they are interested in is stolen champagne, suitcases full of money and fast living. You’ll never pin them down, you’ll never catch them napping; try to move in on them and all you’ll find in their wake is the dust settling, blood-stained bills littering the ground and quite a few broken hearts. They are…Cashed-up and Dangerous. Such was the theme of a little photo shoot that I did way back earlier this year. This is another photoshoot in my loose series exploring common motifs in cinema. The other ones I’ve done are here and here. We all had a blast shooting it, tell if you think I managed to make it work!    

HAVING FUN YET?

Ok, I realize that I have been remiss in uploading any editorial / personal work recently. THAT WILL CHANGE. HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS. This is just a small thing I did with some very awesome friends of mine, in between jobs. I wanted to put together some kind of narrative behind it all but we kinda ran out of time, what with a typhoon approaching Tokyo and all that (ever tried holding onto the Photek softlighter during a typhoon?). Either way we survived with only a few dozen mosquito bites, but I think the photos were definitely worth the time spent. As for gear, used the trusty Einstein / Vagabond combination (I never go anywhere without them) in combination with my favorite cheap light modifiers – the aforementioned Softlighter, and Apollo softbox. Thanks to Hamish for bringing the awesome cameras – Adriana has got the Mamiya TLR (forgot what it’s actually called) and Anna has her hands wrapped around a beautiful Hasselblad 501CM. Although I didn’t really succeed in my goal of creating a mini …

Test shoot with Alex + Einstein + Vagabond

Hey guys, thanks for checking out the blog once again. Here’s a little test shoot that I did with Alex, and the Einstein + Vagabond system that I acquired earlier this year in Los Angeles. I don’t think I’ve done a post about this lighting setup before so here we go: holy CRAP these things are amazing. These are possibly the best lights on the market right now. There I said it. I virtually stopped using my pair of Profoto D1s ever since I got my single Einstein and Vagabond set. WTF?? That’s right, the pair of high-end lights that cost me over $2000 have been replaced in my bag by this diminutive single flash head that has a retail of only a fraction of the price. You like that disgusting iPhone photo of all this sexy swag on a bed (next to some junkfood to boot)? Mmmm such glorious, gluttonous lighting prOn. If Broncolors are the Victoria’s Secret Angel equivalent in the lighting world then the Einstein is like the plain next door neighbor …

The Wedding

After two months and and lot of work, it’s finally here!!  This is the ‘save the date’ for the wedding Asuka and I are planning for next year. Enjoy it!! (Sorry about the sound! Trying to fix that and will re-upload later) Right – well I’ve gotta go to a shoot now but here’s the video for now.  There’s a ton more stuff to come later. *Update* Ok, back from my shoot! Going to put up the rest of the material that we gathered during the two day shoot – putting all of this together and getting it done was probably the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve ever had.  Firstly I have to give a big shout out to the people at Ginichi and Profoto Japan for graciously helping out with providing the ProDaylight setup and the Steadicam Pilot – both really awesome pieces of kit that really made the shooting easier. Also, I once again have to say a big thank you to all involved in helping to make this project a reality …

The Murder…and Happy New Year

New Years Eve.  19XX. A bitter coldness creeps into the bones of those walking the streets on the last day of the year, forcing a deadening chill into the back of peoples’ minds, lurking like a sinister portent. On this day here in the city everyday life is overshadowed by the festivities concerning the changing of the calendar, as the realization that yet another year has slipped swiftly into the past sinks into the minds of many. New Years Eve. A time of reflection. A time to slow down and take stock. Unfortunately for some people however, today Death slows down for no one. Meet Charlie. Growing up all alone in the downtown mission, she’s pretty used to being able to take care of herself. ‘Never even saw your parents’, the old sister used to say, before she too left Charlie. Lung cancer, never smoked. The mission was demolished, the site zoned by the council to pave the way for a new office park, whatever that means, and Charlie ended up in an abusive foster …

Motorhead + Carhartt

In my last post I mentioned that I was doing some photos for a Japanese car magazine called Motorhead – these guys are definitely doing some of the most creative and interesting stuff in the Japanese auto-mag world. Here’s hoping I have a chance to travel for one of their features soon. I’d like Finland please. Anyway! The magazine and a certain apparel label called Carhartt were doing a special giveaway of specially-designed jackets bearing the Motorhead logo. Pretty expensive stuff, as the jackets themselves weren’t cheap, so I don’t want to imagine how much the custom logo was. No chance of me picking up a freebie this time, so I’ll have to be content looking at the promo images I shot for the magazine.  The model you see there is Andre, a good friend of mine – he’ll be appearing in other posts in the near future, I wager :D.  The car is a beastly V8 Range Rover, which was a joy to ride around in the whole day as spacious cars in Tokyo …