MINI Clubman parked on beach cliff and a couple nearby watches the waves.


For photographer Julian Lallo, getting out of the city to shoot is vital to staying energised and creative.

It’s also a chance for the Melbourne-based photographer to combine his work with his love for nature.

Julian’s photographs reflect the solitude and calm he finds in places both far-flung and close to home. 

A woman getting out of MINI Clubman on a country beach road. Taking the MINI Clubman to navigate the iconic Great Ocean Road with his wife Jo, Julian packed up their picnic basket and camping gear for a weekend away to switch off and catch up.

Preparing for a trip away in spring time in Victoria means packing for all weather conditions, so the Clubman’s clever use of space allowed for beach towels and camping chairs, as well as everything Julian and Jo needed for a cosy picnic. 

Also essential to Julian’s photography road trips are his two camera bags and the couple’s dog, Raffy.

Dog and woman sitting in the open MINI Clubman boot at Beech Forrest in Victoria.The first stop was the California Redwoods in Beech Forest, and from there they drove onto the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell.

“The Great Ocean Road offers great diversity when it comes to photography - the moodiness of the Redwoods and the fresh, rugged coastline,” Julian says. 

The winding coastline and quiet forest roads gave Julian and Jo the chance to test out the MINI Clubman’s three driving modes –sports, mid and green.

Aerial view of a MINI Clubman driving down a winding country road in Victoria.“I always feel great when I have the opportunity to get out of the city and go for a drive,” Julian says.

“Getting out of the city to clear my head and spend time with my wife is always special.”