In the throes of the digital/information age I was dealing with imagery each and every day as a professional web designer since 1997. Photos and images were the core elements of the designs I would work on.
Working in this field I was always handling other people’s photographs and utilising them in the various sites and projects I was working on. I decided I wanted to create designs with 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. Even without my camera in my hands, I would compose shots with my mind’s eye. Something I still practice.
In 2006 I bought my first DSLR and around about this time, I was getting the itch to take things to a whole new level. I wanted to photograph live music.
I practiced for two years photographing the live shows at the old Route 66 store garage.
I felt ready to move out of the garage and to a proper Rock N Roll venue.
The Angels had reformed and were doing a series of shows at Melbourne’s Forum. 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. Within a few minutes, 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 and the night that within the confines of that pit, I broke my camera! I was as green as they come. My first pro gig and I destroyed my camera.
As crushed as I was, it was the beginning…
Since that fateful day in late 2008, I have photographed hundreds of local and international acts throughout Australia. My photos have appeared in a wide variety of publications: (HEAVY Magazine, Skin Deep, Bound By Ink, Billboard, Collide Art & Culture, Drum Magazine, Cafe Racer Magazine, Afar, The Bulletin, Desktop, Fiend, The Age, Herald-Sun) to name a few.
My work has also appeared in the following books:
Currently, I have exhibited in four collaborative exhibitions but I am already deep in preparation for two solo exhibitions in 2016. One will be based on my street photography, the other, entitled Diabolus In Musica which will concentrate solely on my live music photography.
I have self-published two photo books, both of which are currently sold out and in a second printing – Three Songs, No Flash (2011) and Fade To Black (2014).
1349, 69 Eyes, Abbath, Accept, AC/DC, Adalita, AFI, American Sharks, Barry Adamson, Alkaline Trio, Airbourne, The Amenta (2013, 2014), Amon Amarth (2009, 2012, 2014), Andrew WK, The Angels, Anthrax, Anvil, Arch Enemy (2009, 2012), Armored Saint, Atreyu, Bane Of Bedlam, Baroness (2014, Soundwave), Beastwars (2015, 2016), Behemoth (2010, 2013, 2015), Bellusira, Blackhelm (2016, Promo Shoot), Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Blaze Bayley, Bleeding Through (2009, 2013), Blue Öyster Cult, Blues Pills, Bölzer, Buckcherry (2013, 2016), Bullet For My Valentine, Cane Hill, Cavalera Conspiracy, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Child, Children Of Bodom (2011, 2014), Chimaira, Church Of Misery, City Of Fire, Les Claypool, Clowns (2015, 2016), Clutch, Combichrist, Converge, Cosmic Psychos, Counterparts, Cradle Of Filth, Cult Of Luna, The Damned, Darkc3ll (2014, 2015), The Darkness, Dark Funeral (2010, 2012), Dead City Ruins (Promo Shoot), Death Angel (2009, 2014), Deathstars, Deftones (2013, 2014), Devildriver (2009, 2014), Denouncement Pyre (2015), Desecrator (2014), Dream Theatre (2009, 2014), Dropkick Murphys (2009, 2011), Dying Fetus, Paul Di’Anno, Die Antwoord, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dope, Down, Dropkick Murphys, Electrik Dynamite (2016), Emmure, Earth Crisis, Einstürzende Neubauten, Elm Street, Enslaved, Every Time I Die, Fear Factory (2010, 2013), Fintroll, Five Finger Death Punch (2009, Soundwave), Ace Frehley (2010, 2015), Fozzy, Diamanda Galás, Gay Paris, Ghost (Hifi Bar, Big Day Out), Goatwhore (2010, 2012), Gojira (2012, 2014, Soundwave), Hate Internal, Hatebreed, Havok, H.I.M, The Hives, Hobbs’ Angel Of Death, Holy Serpent (2015, Rolling Thunder Festival), The Horrors (2009, 2011), Rowland S Howard, Hybrid Nightmares, Iced Earth, Frank Iero, Impiety, In Heart’s Wake, In Flames, In Trenches, Inquisition, Iron Maiden, Jim Jones Revue, Kadavar, Katatonia, Killswitch Engage, Kill Devil Hill, Killing Joke, King Fate, King Of The North, King Parrot (2014, 2015), Kingswood, Kings Destroy, KISS, Korn (2014, Soundwave), Kreator, Kromosom, Kvelertak, Kylesa, Kyuss Lives, L7, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God (2009, 2013, 2016), Jesse Leach, letlive (2013, 2017), Dave Lombardo, Los Hombres Des Diablo, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Machine Head, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mammoth Mammoth, Marduk (2014, 2015), Marilyn Manson, Mason, Mastodon (2012, 2015), Mayhem, 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, Napalm Death, Nashville Pussy, Ne Obliviscaris, New York Dolls, Nightwish (2013, 2016) Nile, Norma Jean, Northlane, Nothing Sacred, Gary Numan (2009, 2011), Obituary, Old Man Gloom, Opeth (2009, 2013, 2015), Orange Goblin, Oresome Welles, Otep, Pallbearer, Palace Of The King, Party Vibez, Periphery (2009, 2015), PiL, Poison The Well, Primus, Queensryche, Radio Moscow, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, Red Fang (2013, 2015), Rise Of Avernus, Rose Tattoo, Rotting Christ (2010, 2014), Ruins, Saint Vitus, Satyricon (2009, 2014), Scorpions, Seether, Sevendust, Sepultura, Shadow’s Fall, Shihad, Slash, Slayer, Slipknot (2013, 2016), Soil, Sons Of Anarchy, Sodom, Soulfly, Steel Panther, Suffocation, The Subways, The Sword, Sydonia, Tea Party, Teberah, Testament, Devin Townsend (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Toxic Holocaust, Tricky, Trivium (2014, 2014, 2016), Vista Chino (2014, Big Day Out), Windhand, Turbonegro, Uriah Heep, Vulgod, Warped, Watain (2014, 2015), Whitechapel, Witchgrinder, Wolfpack, Yob, Rob Zombie (2014, Soundwave)
3CR’s The Heavy Session, Anthony Allayialis, Rom Anthonis, Frazer Bourke, Sam Difference, Dysie Dyson, HEAVY Magazine, Key Of Solomon’s Matt & Rory, Nick Lord, Robert Macmanus, Chris Maric, Megan Moss and all at Libel NZ, Leticia Mooney, Third Eye Print, Olivia Reppas, Kim Richards, Anwar Rizk, Rone and all at Everfresh, Silver Tiger Media, 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
Dedicated to Zoi Raptis. Semper Mecum.