Welcome to Urth Twelve Frames with Christian Gibson.
Christian Gibson | BYRON BAY
Christian aka Gibbo, is the founder and co-director of Urth and the latest legend to put a roll of Portra through their camera for Urth Twelve Frames. Gibbo touched down in Tokyo and beelined straight for the organised chaos that are the basement camera stores of Shinjuku. A Nikon FM2N called from a cabinet, and a new friendship was made. Albeit self-admittedly left-brained, it’s obvious from Gibbo’s first rolls through the new whip that there’s still plenty firing in the other hemisphere.
Take a walk through the never sleeping streets of Tokyo, peeking across the road from one tiny space into another. I can’t imagine anywhere in the world quite like the teeming streets of Tokyo, and Gibbo’s Twelve Frames will serve up a taste teaser. Next stop, Hong Kong and mainland China.
Thanks for taking the time, Gibbo. Please enjoy Twelve Frames with Christian Gibson.
Christian Sam Frank Gibson
Home-town: Byron Bay
In your own words, what do you do?
I’m a hustler, hustling his way through the ghetto that is life. I guess if we are talking about work, I’m the founder and co-director of Urth, the website you are most probably reading this article on. My role/what I do is quite diverse and is always evolving, as the business grows I seem to be spending less time actually doing tasks and more time telling other people to do tasks haha.
What are you working on right now?
At Urth I’m working on – adding square filters to our product range, as well as graduated circular ND filters, camera straps and camera bags. We are redesigning the blog, as well as parts of the website, so I am involved with that. There are 1000 other little things, but I don’t want to bore you. My other big project is Pacifico, a film I shot with Urth’s other director Chris. We have just finished the full final edit, so the end is very much in sight. I’m confident we will have the film done by the end of 2018. Yippie.
When did you shoot the roll?
Where did you shoot the roll?
Japan, Hong Kong and China
Take a frame at first light
Not quite “first” light, but my best effort. If I had a dollar for every time I saw a sunrise, I would not have many dollars.
Shoot your favourite tree
So many different types and they’re all so charming. Yay trees.
Take a self-portrait outside
Shoot a space you feel creative in
It could be the 60,000 years we sapiens spent evolving as one with nature, or just a coincidence, but I feel relaxed, creative and like a little Buddha when surrounded by the natural world.
Shoot the weather
24, mostly sunny
Photograph someone you love
Bestie, business partner, lover. Minnie!
Shoot a stranger
We both had a good giggle after this
Shoot your backyard
Not quite my backyard, unless I was Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in a past life
Something that makes you happy
Riding bikes in foreign lands on sunny days is most definitely one of my most favourite things to do
Shoot the contents of your bag
Get out of it, that’s my bag
Shoot the last light
In these parts there are no last lights
Shoot yourself before bed
Thank you for reading Twelve Frames with Christian Gibson. You can find the other frames here.