Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Recently a client requested a piece from my Art School graduating year. I've unearthed these black and white mural prints and put them on the site for perusal. They were created using Imagine 2.0 running on an Amiga 4000 in 1995. I output the resulting renders to a newspaper style line-film negative process and then enlarged onto large format black and white photographic paper from there.

Otago Polytech School of Art had a custom enlarger built for this purpose. I recall thinking that it looked like a sort of a steampunk inspired wooden train engine built from toilet-rolls and all sorts of odds and ends... it was on rails to facilitate focusing and different enlargements. I had to roll the resulting prints through large open PVC pipe toughs to develop and fix them. It was a lot of fun!


Take a look... click on any of the thumbnails to go to the gallery and see the rest:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gizmodo photo contests

Gizmodo have been running shooting challenges for a little while now covering different techniques and subject matter... the latest being the self portrait. I'm finding the collection of ideas is fascinating with some really good entries - things that make me want to try it out - take a look:



Here's a couple of examples:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

URL switch


So... a few people have mentioned the fact that 'avfx' is kinda ... well.. what exactly? Nothing easy to remember that's for sure. I have purchased www.julianbutler.com and in the coming months will transfer both the photo site and blog site over to this much more easy and clear URL for my purposes.

In fact it's already live and points to the photos. But at some point, this will reverse and avfx will simply forward to www.julianbutler.com. Onwards!


Here's a photo:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Shooter on the roof

A client gave me access to their rooftop today to shoot a piece. It was great to be up high in Wellington amongst shiny constructions. I could do a whole series just of rooftops! I'll post some glimpses in due course...


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Birthday Camera

Well it's me birthday and my lovely wife and kids made me a camera cake! Knowing I'm a compulsive snapper, what could be more delicious than an edible 35mm cakestamatic? ;-)


Monday, May 3, 2010

Are we out of cheese and crackers?

Send someone out to get some! Quick!

Photo by Karim Sahai

See Here not anymore...

Well, the show has been taken down now and it was a highly pleasant and successful experience for me. The amount of imagery I sold far outweighed my expectations and overall the response to the show was great. I'll definitely do this again.

I'd really like to thank Sean Antrobus for helping me put it up, Chloe Holbrook and Derek Kelly for looking after it for me and Brian Lomas for helping take it down again. You guys made this whole thing possible and it really meant a lot to me.

In case you missed the show, here's a gallery of snaps of how it looked - please to enjoy: