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Monthly Archives: October 2013

TRIBAL PNG – A PERSONAL WORK PROJECT

In 2o14, we will launch Papua New Guinea – A Decade of Photography by David Kirkland – a 100 photo expose` of the most collectable photographs I’ve captured of PNG over more than ten years. All of the photographs will be in black and white and sold as Limited Edition Prints on A4 archival stock. Only 100 signed, registered prints of each photograph will ever be sold.

Thousands of images are being considered now for inclusion to the series. An On-line preview of some of the photographs to feature can be viewed by clicking the photograph above. Here’s some of them (below)

JUST BACK FROM FIJI, SHOOTING FOR WESTPAC BANK

I enjoy the few corporate shoots I do (Westpac and Digicel are my only corporate clients) as its an entirely different pace from my tourism shoots and I like the idea of personalising and localising the subject matter (in this case, a financial institution in Fiji). I don’t always get the time needed to plan for ideal conditions but I like the challenge of producing appealing images in the short time I’m given. This is the second shoot for Westpac in Fiji so it was rewarding to see the images from the last shoot everywhere – on billboards, posters, teller machines and in every Westpac bank. Credit to the client and her designers who have done a great job in developing such an eye-catching brand built around the tag line “Banking for Generations.” A hard cover book on Westpac’s entire South Pacific network is now in production, drawing from the library of images we have produced over the past three years.

Apple I-Book Update – the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet.

Back in August, I wrote that it wasn’t proving worth my while to invest further energy in producing Apple I-books, and I sought to warn other would-be digital publishers and photographers of the same. I converted two books from my existing library of publications and sat back expecting the cash to roll in but (not so remarkably you might suggest), I’m still doing my own ironing.

Well, there has been a slight change in my position. According to the latest tally, I actually sold 318 digital copies of Impressions of Papua New Guinea last year (I was looking at the wrong data sheet). While this figure is hardly likely to see me buying a Ferrari any time soon, it did occur with absolutely no attention on my part and it does represent at least a glimmer of hope for when the time eventually comes – and I’m certain it will – that digital books are produced and read in cross media platforms and on any device.

In the meantime, here’s a breakdown in sales of the book through the i-book store. Its interesting to see where the buyers have come from….Poland? Who would have thought.

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