When you work closely with one or two major clients it is possible to become part and parcel of their visual sounding board and assist in producing new ideas or presentations.
Such was the attempt at winning the sales and promotion account with the Brisbane TV station Channel O. (Now Network 10, Brisbane)
My good friend (and valuable photography client) Gary Edgar, was Art Director at the Brisbane office of the Hertz Walpole Advertising Agency. As was the case then and now, agencies would regularly pitch ideas to clients seeking to gain their advertising budget.
Whilst elsewhere in Australia the Channel O network had become Channel 10 in January 1980, in Brisbane the network still traded under the Channel O banner. A situation that continued in Brisbane until 10 September 1988.
This campaign had everything going for it. The art director and the photographer playing major roles. A friendly TV cameraman (he had access to a camera) and of course that staple of the 1980s – a pretty female face wearing a swim suit! This was August 1980 after all.
The model’s name has been sadly lost over the decades, but it is highly likely that she was the receptionist at the advertising agency.
Gary was a keen sailor and it naturally followed that both he and his 14′ Hobie Cat had to feature in a proposal that was aimed at sun, sand and water loving Brisbane audiences.
The water activity shots were photographed at Shorncliffe on the Redcliffe Peninsula during one of our regular Sunday afternoon sailing sessions. Gary wasn’t the only one with a Hobie Cat – it was an activity that we both indulged.
The studio photographs were taken at the Old Pink Church in Warren Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. The electric motorised Hasselblad (500EL – same as the one taken by NASA to the moon) in the top photograph, was a cantankerous old beast that was used mainly in the Studio. Too big, too heavy, too unreliable to take outside!
These photographs form part of the Poole Collection held by the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. #5072 – Hertz Walpole Advertising, these transparencies (and thousands of other negatives and transparencies) will be available for public access within the next twelve months. These materials, as well as films and digital stories are available for viewing in the John Oxley Library Reading Room or online via their catalogue OneSearch.