All photography and content © John Raptis Photography 2020

Category : Photography

25 Aug 2017

Stone Sour Live @ Festival Hall, Melbourne

Friday Knights! You know I just realised, this would be the first time I would be shooting Corey Taylor sans his usual Slipknot mask and paraphernalia! A new experience if you will and certainly my first time shooting Stone Sour. From the outset, I kinda find Stone Sour to be a Metal-By-Numbers sorta band. But having said that, they do it so freaking well that they’ve managed to garner quite a following amongst the Metal set. Kudos to Taylor who […]

10 Aug 2017

Joel-Peter Witkin

There aren’t too many photographers who I would deem a major influence. I draw most of my inspiration not from peers of music and /or street photography, but of visceral artists who preach, incite and illicit all that is carnal within the human (and not so human) psyche. H.R. Giger has been one such artist whose works I have studied and digested since I was gifted one of his books for my 18th birthday. It changed my life. It literally […]

07 Aug 2017

Ill Niño Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

I don’t think I have ever had this long a break between shooting gigs. The last time I was in a photo-pit I was shooting Killswitch Engage back in March. Throw a three month European vacation in the mix, and the time between gig drinks was now plentiful. No wonder I was beginning to miss it. Still, the break was good but the calendar for the rest of this year is already filling up nicely with some great shows to […]

22 Jul 2017

Rone The Omega Project

For me, it is always a thrill photographing any of Rone’s works. He is a true ethereal artist with the ability to transform the abandoned and the unwanted into definitive pieces of art. He creates life where there was once nothingness. Cold becomes warm. Unwanted becomes coveted. Garbage becomes art. The Omega Project adorns a soon to be demolished house into a museum of art, perception and unbridled mystery and ethos. Arriving at the designated location there was already a […]

08 Jul 2017

The Resistible Rise Of A Bear Of Little Brain

Stephen Ives is an architect of fantastic worlds My partner and I have had the extreme pleasure of witnessing several of Stephen Ives’ art shows over the years. Several are documented throughout this website. Let’s just say we are big fans and if there is ever an Ives’ show in Melbourne, we are there. Tonight was absolutely no exception. An explanation of the show is best personified by the write-up below by Alexander Mitchell… Stephen Ives, employs a rare level […]

01 Jul 2017
Store Black Sabbath

My Photo Of Black Sabbath Enters The Smithsonian

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath I received some incredible news this afternoon. The Smithsonian (yeah, them!) has requested one of my photos to be put into the Rock And Roll Archives as well as a forthcoming book to be released in October 2017. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2009. My […]

03 Jun 2017
Somewhere In Germany

Solitary Wanderlust – The Last Days

It is hard to fathom that two months have gone by and one of the most exciting and adventurous times of my life has come to a close. Initially, I approached this trip with fear. A silly gripping fear that sent my anxiety levels through the roof. A silly fear of the unknown that made me surrender myself to my insecurities and phobias. Goddamn it! Not again. It didn’t take too long to overcome them and allow myself permission to […]

31 May 2017

Solitary Wanderlust – Argos, Greece – Roots Bloody Roots

With this trip coming to a close now, there are only 5 days left before dad and I head back to Australia, I am beginning to reflect on how much change and growth has taken place within me. It is fitting that the last and final leg of my journey finds me in the very village that my dad (and his dad, and his dad before him) were all born and raised. Although I have spent my entire life in […]

24 May 2017

Solitary Wanderlust – Budapest & The House Of Terror

I am now down to the last two weeks of what has been a two month vacation. Although it has been a long time since I was home, over the past week, it all feels as if it is flying past now. Which is a good and a bad thing. For one, travelling alone has been rather lonely at times. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the solitariness of it all at times but at the same time a trip […]

22 May 2017

Solitary Wanderlust – Budapest

Arriving in Budapest late yesterday afternoon, I didn’t have too much time to go out and do some exploring. Apart from stock up on some necessary supplies and have a nice hot shower, I took it easy and just settled in to a stunningly gorgeous apartment in the heart of the city. Today tho, things were a little different. I woke up early, got ready and headed out straight away. The forecast was for rain but fortunately, not a drop […]