20 years since his last trip, Mondo CEO, Grant Matthews, returned to Japan.
Exploring the bustling cities, Grant aimed to produce different spins on classic cliches through his lens. With a Bladerunner-esque mood accented by conventional Japanese motifs, the blend of the technological takeover and concern for citizens is a sight to see.
Grant notes how Japan has managed to rebuild their cities over the past few decades, adapting for a contemporary climate, unlike Australia who fails to upgrade their infrastructure for the societal demand.
Evident in much Japanese literature, it is noticeable that even in a city of millions of people there is still a sensation of loneliness and isolation. A lot of structures are put in place to bring people together and facilitate interactions, however the question is whether or not they really work…
Scroll through the above gallery to see Grant’s photographs.
Away on maternity leave for 12 months, our General Manager, Alice Cook, has birthed both a baby boy and an MBA.
An incredibly arduous task for anyone, Alice completed her last three subjects during pregnancy, and we are in awe of her perseverance.
On the first day of spring, Alice welcomed baby boy Charlie into the world, a cheeky and content little man. Following in his mum’s footsteps, Charlie put no time to waste, joining Alice for Mondo meetings and finding himself pretty comfortable in the Chairman’s seat.
Just six months after giving birth, Alice then wrote her mini thesis and finished the MBA, an incredible feat. With this new qualification under her sleeve, Alice is already run off her feet (heading to Melbourne and New Zealand in just the past fortnight).
We are incredibly happy to welcome a new family member to the team, and a huge congratulations to Alice on all she has achieved.
The Mondo crew joined forces with Ezibuy for a five day shoot in sunny Byron Bay. Channelling Southern California for the trip’s imagery, vacation vibes were in the air, and with Michael French behind the lens, we were sure this holiday shoot was going to be a success.
Thank goodness the rain didn’t make an appearance, leaving extraordinary scenery and sets to boot. With drone cameras flying, a classic Chevvy in the spotlight and some of the most magnificent location homes the team had ever seen, a laid back atmosphere was produced organically, showcasing Ezibuy’s product in the best SoCal way for the upcoming season.
It is safe to say Byron Bay suited the team a bit too comfortably, and we clearly have a group of enthusiastic volunteers for the next trip up north.
A shoutout to our studio manager, Camilo, who sorted and organised all of the Mondo gear to make sure everyone had what they needed while on location.
Scroll through the above gallery to live vicariously through the team’s outtakes.
Sticking to our initiative to engage in a charity event a quarter, the Mondo team ardently signed up for Steptember. An annual event to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, participants are challenged to walk 10,000 steps a day for 28-days.
Everyone in the team was sent a pedometer, allowing them to track their movements and get a bit of competition rolling along the way.
In the end, Mondo raised a remarkable amount for the organisation, who will then use that money to fund research and innovative services for those living with the disability.
For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, click here.
Congratulations to our Post Coordinator and budding photographer, Rusty Crawshaw, who has come out with a win in the most recent Accor Hotel Group photography competition. The international competition is run for current and former photography students, selected by three tertiary institutions across Europe, Asia and the Australia-Pacific.
Contestants were given a brief to shoot a series of travel-inspired images, with the winner from each region to be selected by the Accor’s marketing team and Instagram community.
Rusty’s concept was to create a series of images with a warm, pastel palette, shooting across locations that are associated with leisure, relaxation and travel, or those that conveyed a sense of adventure.
With Rusty’s well-deserved win, he has the opportunity to work with the Accor marketing team to create social media content, shooting travel-inspired destination images and their hotels.
We are a very proud team here at Mondo. Click on the image above to see the full set of photographs for Rusty’s entry.
Congratulations to our regular freelancers, Seung Rok Baek (photographer) and Molly Gotham (stylist) who have been selected as a finalist duo in the 2018 EyeEm Awards.
As a result of this achievement, their still life photography will be exhibited at the Berlin Photo Week, with the final awards ceremony and winner announcement on the event’s closing day.
A few months ago, Peugeot approached photographer, Adam Kola, to be a Creative Collaborator/Ambassador for the brand. Drawing from his interest in automotive photography, Adam jumped at the chance to create social content for their convoy of vehicles.
With the Flinders Ranges in mind for a backdrop, Adam and his fiancé packed up and travelled south for the project.
The drive did not disappoint. With kangaroos a plenty and stunning landscapes, the recently engaged couple was unsurprisingly impressed by the silence and deserted landscape, a stark contrast to the bustling Sydney climate.
Camping out at the Wilpena Pound Resort, an area that Adam recommends adding to your list, the pair took full advantage of the long roads, mountainous scenery and warm sun.
To top off the trip, as Adam gained back phone signal, on the RM Williams Highway no less, the Brits were greeted with a message to say their Australian Visas has been approved. A big congratulations to the two!
Click on the image above to scroll through the gallery.
To see more of Adam’s work, head to his Instagram @adamkola .