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09 Aug 2015

Lydia Lunch’s Retrovirus Infects The Tote

My partner is a longtime fan of Lydia Lunch. We have framed signed posters of Lydia throughout our home as a solo artist and with Rowland S. Howard in Shotgun Wedding. So for the better part of the last 6 years or so, I have been living with Ms Lunch all around our house. Once Sam got wind of the Tote gig, she went and purchased two tickets to the show tonight. No chance in hell she was going to […]

08 Aug 2015

Greazefest 2015

Heavy Metal Thunder The annual Greazefest event lands in Melbourne and is always a ton of fun. Guaranteed! Spanning the course of three days over an August weekend, the event features a veritable feast of amazing hot rods, muscle cars, Rockabilly, guys and dolls, market stalls and a whole lot more. They rightfully bill themselves as an All Killer No Filler weekend and that is exactly what they provide! Without fail! Seriously, you’re still reading this? Check out the pics […]

04 Aug 2015

The Holy And Haunted Grounds Of The Abbotsford Convent

I very recently completed a photo shoot of a fantastic Metal band at the Abbotsford Convent. As much as I want to show you that work, some patience is required as the band is not yet ready to release them. Soon! The Convent has so many fantastic locations to shoot at that are open to the general public. Some are not, but if you know where to look and are willing to be a little daring, you’ll soon enough find […]

04 Jul 2015

Seether Meet & Greet

I was hired by Tombowler to photograph the Seether Meet & Greet before the Melbourne show. I’ve shot many meet and greets for both Tombowler and Metropolis in the past several years (Seether, Opeth, Uriah Heep, Switchfoot, Ace Frehley, Motorheard to name a few). Most of these Meet And Greets are a ton of fun for both artist and fans and most are smooth as silk. To protect the guilty, we won’t mention the ace artists that can be a […]

02 Jul 2015

Bane Of Bedlam Promo Shoot

Several months I was doing some location scouting in Newport. I like collecting a database of cool/creepy locations which I photograph and keep within the Client Area of my website. This way, if a potential client comes to me with a request for a shoot, I can allow them to peruse my archives and see if anything I have collated tickles their fancy. In talks with Bane Of Bedlam’s bassist, Nick Walker, he liked my photos from the abandoned Newport […]

29 Jun 2015

A Visit To The Old Geelong Gaol

Down Among The Dead Men As my photography is leaning towards more portrait work these days, and whilst I am in the throes of establishing my own studio, I like photographing various cool locations that can be utilised for band/model photo shoots such as the Old Geelong Gaol. The Old Geelong Gaol is a location I have had earmarked for a very, very long time. I had seen various photos of the place online, but I wanted to head down […]

26 Jun 2015

The Abandoned School

School’s Out… Forever! I was given the heads up about an abandoned location in Melbourne’s outer east. The school out in Boronia had not been long closed, but looking at the state of utter destruction that confronted me, it looked like a bomb had gone off in each and every room of the campus. After a 50 minute drive, the driveway to the school was completely open and almost inviting. I checked to see if there were any trespass signs […]

18 Jun 2015

Pallbearer Live @ Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, Australia

One of my most played acts of the last several months has been Pallbearer. The band, hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, has been making headlines and front page cover features the world over during the last year or so. Classified as a merely a ‘doom’ band is selling them short some. Already armed with two outstanding releases in 2012’s ‘Sorrow And Extinction’ and 2014’s ‘Foundations of Burden’ – the band seems destined for a huge career. I was scheduled to […]

11 Jun 2015

Yngwie Malmsteen Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne, Australia

The very first thing one notices on arrival at an Yngwie Malmsteen gig – is the wall of amps adorning almost three quarters of the Billboard/170 Russell stage. Surely all those aren’t needed and/or are going to be switched on during tonight’s performance? Ear plugs or not (and I don’t wear them) – this was going to be quite literally, a wall of sound. The troublesome ‘wall of amps’ As impressive and intimidating as the amps looked, the irony is, […]

28 May 2015

One Last Supper With The Party Vibez

I had previously photographed Party Vibez frontman Michael Mitchard when we did the modelling shoot for the Key Of Solomon t-shirt range a couple of months ago. I am hoping it was because of that experience and the photos that we achieved made him want to work with me again, this time, some promo photographs for his band Party Vibez. It proved to be an interesting night! Over the past few weeks Michael and I were going back and forward […]

18 May 2015

Stoned In St Kilda

I have a love hate kinda relationship with the Prince Bandroom. I love the fact that it is so close to home, but I hate the lack of lighting and any sort of favours for photographers. It is a very difficult venue to shoot at and you’d be hard pressed getting a great photo here. No photo pit so you’re gonna have to try and get a shot from within the crowd. Not fun. Limited lighting or in the case […]

14 May 2015

Protect Your Identity, Defend Your Brand

I have gone to tremendous effort over the years to not only develop and progress as a photographer, but to market myself in a professional manner in all that I do. That means I am always on time for each and every shoot I do. I am prepared. I am ready. I am courteous and respectful to the shoot, to security, the venue and my colleagues and fellow photographers. In short, I take my photography very seriously as I endeavour […]

08 May 2015

An Evening With Opeth

Arriving at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre at 5.30pm to meet with my contact from the promoter, I overheard a pedestrian comment as she looked at the venue’s marquee, “Who is Opeth?” That kind of struck me for a moment. Opeth, such a seminal worldwide and revered band, remain an unknown quantity to the layman. I thought to myself had Opeth been around in the 70’s they’d be regarded right up there with your Pink Floyds and Led Zeppelins of the world. […]

04 May 2015

Ace Frehley Live @ The Forum, Melbourne, Australia

Hard to believe five years have passed since KISS legend Ace Frehley toured Australia. Back in 2010 I experienced a thrill of a lifetime as I was the tour photographer for Ace’s entire Australian sojourn hitting every major Australian city. In short, the flights over those 2 weeks went something like this… Melbourne to Perth, Perth to Melbourne, Melbourne to Adelaide, Adelaide to Melbourne, Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Brisbane, Brisbane to Melbourne. And it all flashed by in a […]

24 Apr 2015

Darkc3ll Live @ The Cherry Bar, Melbourne, Australia

I was on assignment for most of today photographing the Rites Of Passage festival for a UK publication. After a long day with the camera, I just wanted a nice, quiet night at home – but alas, that wasn’t to be. Brisbane Industrial Shock Rockers Darkc3ll were in town and lead singer Jesse Dracman contacted me via my Facebook page and pleaded I photograph them tonight. Initially, I declined purely because of the fatigue factor but having casually photographed the […]

24 Apr 2015

Rites Of Passage 2015

The Rites Of Passage Tattoo Festival is one of the premiere tattoo events in Melbourne. Always featuring an incredible array of local and international talent, this year’s festival features such legendary names as Paul Booth, Carlos Torres, Franco Vescovi, Nikko Hurtado, and the master Shigenori Iwasaki. I’ll be covering two days of the event for several publications, it is certainly times like these that I do love my job, and over the next few days I’ll be posting photos throughout […]

19 Apr 2015

Witchgrinder Single Launch

Witchgrinder easily rank as one of my fave Melbourne bands. Throughout the local scene, no one quite sounds like them. Marrying elements of Thrash Metal and liberal doses of Industrial they sound like a heavier version of Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails and old-school Marilyn Manson. I’ve photographed the band a couple of times before opening for Ghost and other international acts, but tonight would be the first time I would be covering them at their own show. Launching their […]

09 Apr 2015

Norma Jean Instore Party

Straight from Atlanta, Georgia, Metalcore legends Norma Jean invaded the hallowed grounds of Eureka Rebellion Trading last night for a shindig and instore party before their two Melbourne dates at the Evelyn. The band freely mingled with their fans, signed anything that was shoved underneath their noses and pretty much proved to be a decent set of blokes all round. As is tradition at Eureka, the band signed the shop walls and are now immortalised amongst all the other greats […]

06 Apr 2015

William Ricketts Sanctuary

It had been a while since I was in Mt Dandenong. I had a shoot organised there today for a Melbourne band at a somewhat ‘secret’ location that the band had found. We did our shoot in a very secluded cave. The photos turned out amazing and they’ll be available to be seen after the band’s album is released. Watch this space ok? Seeing as I was in the area, I decided to visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary as I […]

29 Mar 2015

Mastodon Live @ Festival Hall, Melbourne

I have lost track of the amount of times I have seen Mastodon. Certainly, from memory, I have laid witness to most of their Australian sojourns and have managed to photograph them now a total of three times. (Festival Hall, The Palace and Billboard aka 170 Russell). The current tour was billed as the band’s first headlining tour of Australia with three dates in total in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Each city got a different opener as well with Twelve […]