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Category : Photography

01 Mar 2012

Devin Townsend & Meshuggah Live @ The Forum, Melbourne, Australia

Half way through a crazy week of shooting the cream of the crop when it comes to the Metal genre! Seriously, the Soundwave series of gigs – both the festivals and the ‘Sidewave’ shows manage to bring out some of the finest bands from all over the world! Big Day Out? Forget about it! This is where it’s at and on a Wednesday night you could have taken your pick and seen a slew of gigs at nearly every major […]

20 Jan 2012

The Damned Live @ Billboard, Melbourne

Smash It Up! I have fond memories of the Damned’s heyday back in the day. They were clearly my sister’s fave band at the time and I distinctly remember her room plastered full of posters and pinups of Dave Vanian and crew. I also remember driving her to (the now long gone) Venue in St.Kilda to see the Damned on their first Australian tour many, many years ago. A veritable plethora of nostalgia when it comes to the Damned so […]

15 Sep 2010

Metallica Live @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

By the time I photographed Metallica back in 2010, I had been shooting live music for just over a year. During that first year, I tried to cover as many gigs as humanly possible. I wanted to experience and learn everything I possibly could about live music photography and by the time Metallica rolled around, I was beginning to feel like a seasoned pro. Little did I know that there was so much more to learn and experience along the […]

25 Feb 2010

H.I.M Live @ The Hifi Bar, Melbourne

It’s always a treat getting to shoot a band you absolutely adore! Having been a huge H.I.M fan for quite a few years now, I was greatly anticipating the opportunity to photograph these guys. Which is saying something. Earlier in the day I won a pass to go and see the incredible Faith No More but I surrendered that ticket to my cousin. Couple that with the fact that also, Meshuggah were doing a show elsewhere – I decided to […]

10 Jan 2010

Ron Mueck

Having been a fan of Ron Mueck since I saw mere photos of his work online, I can assure you my entire being was blown away when I finally saw his art in the flesh. Silicone flesh. Larger than life. More human than human! Ron Mueck’s last Melbourne exhibition was back in early 2010 at the National Gallery of Victoria. I was there at the event photographing the sculptures for a publication who requested a ‘different take’ than just run […]

12 Mar 2009

Death Angel & Armored Saint Live @ Billboard, Melbourne, Australia

I’m staring at a blank screen trying to think of the words to collate to describe last night’s Death Angel gig at Melbourne’s Billboard. And I am seriously struggling. To say that was a monumental performance is kinda selling it all short. This was one out of the box and I wish one could have properly captured the energy, ferocity and sheer power and force that was pouring from the stage – and on the audience floor. This was vintage […]

07 Mar 2009

Gary Numan Live @ The Forum, Melbourne

It’s unfortunate but when it comes to the career and music of Gary Numan, all that most people know of the man is the sporadic hits he had in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Granted that these hits were absolute classic tunes that helped define a fledgling genre and inspire many ‘Electronic’ and ‘Industrial’ artists. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails proudly wears the Numan influence on his sleeve and has covered the Numan classic ‘Metal’ in the past… […]

15 Feb 2009

Cult Of Luna Live @ The Hifi Bar, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve only ever had a passing interest in the music of Cult Of Luna. Never a fan and about the only time I ever really listened to them is when my colleague at work would play them on heavy rotation. I couldn’t get into their Prog Metal/Doom/Sludge histrionics but let me say this, coming home from the gig tonight – I’m converted… This was a truly magical performance of epic proportions. For a band to play such complex moody soundscapes […]

11 Jul 2008

A Stroll Through Larundel Mental Asylum

These photos of the Larundel Mental Asylum taken back in 2009. It was much easier to get into then. On this particular day, my girlfriend and I literally – just walked in. (Well, climbed through a small hole in the fence wall, but yeah, just walked on in! I have tried to go back several times but it is now heavily secured and patrolled. Anyway, take a walk with me through the haunted, evil hallways of the infamous Larundel Mental […]

18 Nov 2006

The G20 Protest

Protest And Survive In late 2006, I had bought myself my first DSLR camera – a newly released Canon 400D and the kit 18-55mm lens! A humble beginning but after three to four years of shooting with my point-n-shoot, it was a considerable upgrade. I loved the Canon. Took it everywhere! A week into its ownership, I decided to go and photograph the forecasted G20 protest that was to take place on the streets of Melbourne. It was my chance […]