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Category : Behind The Scenes

04 Apr 2017

The Photographer’s Nightmare

Welcome To My Nightmare I dreamt I was scheduled to photograph Alice Cooper. Granted, he’s jumped the shark (over and over) over the last couple of decades, he is still an artist I would like to include in my portfolio. Unfortunately the planet’s haven’t aligned for myself and Mr Vincent Damon Furnier and the opportunity to be in his pit has not been forthcoming. Unless it is in dream. The dream was the last one I dreamt last night and […]

08 Mar 2017

A Day With Killswitch Engage

The Hell In Me The last time I photographed Killswitch Engage that ended up being the last time I shot at my favourite venue, The Palace. I had also photographed lead singer Jesse Leach’s fist spoken word tour of Australia at Eureka Rebellion Trading and so when it came to Killswitch touring Australia again, I hadn’t as yet secured a photopass for the show. Jesse Leach is a prolific social media user so he put out the word on his […]

06 Jan 2017

Fight Fire With Fire

Light ‘Em Up! One of my more popular portrait photos I have done also happened to be the very first time I had ever even attempted to photograph portraits. To say I was nervous is an understatement, but when we decided that fire was to be involved as well… things got just a little bit hotter in the kitchen let’s say! Danger aside, everybody involved was keen to do this and having said that, the resultant photograph seems to be […]

27 Jul 2016

The Making Of The Urban Ballet

Dancing In The Street One of my most popular street photos is one I dubbed ‘The Urban Ballet’. It is one of my biggest selling street photos and is even featured prominently in a high-end architect’s organisation and is the cover of the second edition print of Fade To Black. It is a photo I personally enjoy, but how did it come to be? Was it orchestrated? Did I have any say in the positioning of all the subjects in […]

31 Mar 2016

Behind The Curtain: Watain

Sworn To The Dark I used to disdain red lights at gigs at many of Melbourne’s venues. But I’ve learnt to love it. Especially with the genre of acts that I shoot, I have found that with some editing, you can achieve some deliciously evil tones! Back in 2014, I had the pleasure of photographing Black Metal legends Watain opening for Mayhem at Melbourne Max Watts (formerly Hifi Bar). That particular venue is renowned amongst photographers as a very tough […]

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 […]