It is 1980 and my fledgling photographic business is grateful for any assignments thrust my way.
My close mate, the Art Director, turns up at my Studio in the old pink church, with a set of water colour renderings that he has just had drawn at the direction of the client. The Client thought that it would be a good idea to show the source of his product in a cute and humorous way.
The source was a pig! And the product was bacon!
That is how the KR Darling Downs Christmas Card Assignment was launched. My reservations about the quality of the concept are more pronounced today than they were way back in another century.
After all, an advertising photographer is just a hired camera sitting around waiting for a commission.
My job was to reproduce the artwork as accurately as possible for printing of Christmas Cards and a possible brochure. This was a time of black and white newspapers, and whilst it may have been reproduced in the Toowoomba Chronicle, that was not a concern on this occasion. Working at the 115 Warren Street, Fortitude Valley Studio, and using my Sinar P2 (5×4″) camera, Kodak Ektachrome transparency film and a Kodak Color Control Patch – I more than had this assignment covered!
Founded in 1911 as the Darling Downs Bacon Co-operative, KR Darling Downs eventually closed in 2006 putting 350 people out of work. The company was a large employer in the Toowoomba region.
My connection was via the advertising agency Hertz Walpole and its art director Gary Edgar. Over later years I was to produce some food photography for brochures. My everlasting memory was of executives from the bacon company driving down from Toowoomba bringing packages of product for use in the photography sessions, and their boredom eventually culminating with their disappearance from the studio around lunchtime to visit a hotel. Fortunately not to be seen again that day!
Agency: Hertz Walpole, Brisbane
Art Director: Gary Edgar
Client: KR Darling Downs Pty Ltd, Toowoomba
These transparencies (IAN POOLE does PHOTOGRAPHY file #4737) (and many others), will become part of an online searchable database at the John Oxley Historical Library within the State Library of Queensland during 2017.