All photography and content © John Raptis Photography 2020


What is this that stands before me?

Figure in black which points at me

Turn around quick, and start to run

Find out I'm the chosen one...

In the throes of the digital/information age I was dealing with imagery each and every day

As a professional web designer since 1997 and in the throes of the digital/information age I was dealing with others photos and imagery each and every day.

Handling other people’s photographs and utilising them in the various sites and projects I was working on, I decided I wanted to create my own photos.

I bought myself a little Sony point-and-shoot and the photographic journey began in earnest.

In the early days I had a self-imposed rule that no matter what photos I took, Photoshop and/or any other image editing software was not to touch them. I was forcing myself to learn and understand composition and how to use my little camera to the maximum of its capabilities. Learn composition first, the rest will fall into place.

The camera was my constant companion. I set about to photograph every single aspect of Melbourne. The city streets taught me composition and helped develop my eye.

After three solid years with the Sony point-and-shoot, in 2006 I bought a Canon EOS 400D - my first DSLR.  I was getting the itch to take things to a whole new level. I wanted to photograph live music.

For two years I practiced the live bands at the old Route 66 store garage. Every other Sunday or so, a Rockabily band would perform. Route 66 was literally a large garage and it was here that I cut my teeth practicing shooting live bands.

After so many shoots doing this, I felt it was time to kick it up a gear and photograph inside a proper live music venue.

At this time The Angels had reformed and were doing a series of shows at Melbourne’s Forum. Completely out of the blue and following no existing protocol (that I knew of at the time) I decided to contact their management and ask for a photo pass. Pretty brazen of me and I really was not expecting any sort of response whatsoever. Within a few minutes, and to my absolute surprise - I was granted my very first photo pass.

Shit! Now what?

As exciting and wonderful as that experience was, it was my very first time in a photo-pit. Although I was familiar with my camera I was very much a fish out of water within the confines of that pit, my very first photo-pit shoot... I broke my camera! First gig. First shoot. Camera destroyed!

This was the beginning!

Since that fateful day in late 2008, I have photographed some of the biggest bands in the world in arenas and venues across Australia. I have been the on-tour photographer for some of music's biggest names.

My photos have appeared in a wide variety of magazines, books and other publications the world over.

My work has also appeared in the following books:

Currently, I have exhibited in five collaborative exhibitions but I am already deep in preparation for two solo exhibitions in 2018.

I have self-published four photo books, all of which are currently sold out. Three Songs, No Flash (2011), Fade To Black (2014), Obscura Noir (2016), Diabolus In Musica (2016).



Artists Photographed












  • Jim Jones Revue



  • Machine Head
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Mammoth Mammoth
  • Marduk (2014, 2015)
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Mason
  • Mastodon (2012, 2015 , Download Festival 2018)
  • Max & Iggor
  • Mayhem (2014, 2018)
  • Maylene & the Sons of Disaster
  • Meshuggah (2012, 2013)
  • Metallica
  • Misfits (2011, 2015)
  • Monarch
  • Monster Magnet
  • Morbid Angel (2009, 2014)
  • Motörhead
  • Mushroomhead (2014, Soundwave)
  • Mystery Jets





  • Queensryche



Thank You!

3CR’s The Heavy SessionAnthony Allayialis, Rom Anthonis, Frazer Bourke, Adam De'ville and all at Collide Art & Culture Magazine, Sam Difference, Dysie Dyson, Bailey Graham and Matt Maric and all at Overdrive Magazine, John5,  Key Of Solomon, Nick Lord, Robert Macmanus, Chris Maric, Metal Obsession,  Leticia Mooney, Carl Neumann and all at HEAVYOffshoot RentalsJohn Ostrosky, Mike Parker, Olivia Reppas, Anwar Rizk, Rone and all at Everfresh, Silver Tiger Media, Vinyl Space Records, Neil Wedd, David Williams, Irene Wyatt

There are many who would like my time. I shun them.
There are some who share my time. I am entertained by them.
There are precious few who contribute to my time. I cherish them.

― Anton Szandor LaVey

The Making Of This Website...

In loving memory to you mum
Zoi Raptis
How I miss you!

Semper Mecum