This ambitious initiative has been launched by the Caydon Property Group and is inspired by the concept of transformation, realised potential and extraordinary creativity. Themes that not only underpin the work done by The Reach Foundation with young people across Australia, but also celebrate the unique heritage, fabric and legacy of one of Melbourne’s most dynamic locations – The Malt District. Over 9 days, 25 artists will create a series of unique installations that will transform the space – currently […]
Official launch of my interview with the wonderful Matthias Hombauer is OUT NOW! We discussed the importance of building a brand identity for you as a photographer amongst a slew of other photography tidbits! Hit the link below! Share the love! Spread the word! Dig the vibes, man! HTBARP 34 John Raptis: Building Your Photography Brand
The Best Of 2016 – Street I didn’t shoot nearly enough street this year as I would have liked to. I have been photographing Melbourne’s streets for close to 13 years and even if there is an air of familiarity about it all, there is still so much more that can be learnt and refined in the craft of street photography. I want to learn to get closer to my subjects in the years ahead and not be so voyeuristic […]
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 […]
The Dead Will Inherit The Earth I thought I would try something a little different this year and go monotone on the images. I wanted to capture a classic Horror Movie look and feel… There were thousands and thousands in attendance today. Ten photographers to every one zombie! Huge numbers that literally brought Melbourne to an absolute standstill. Enough from me, here are the pics! Enjoy!
Sex Burger By the time you’re reading this, chances are street artist Makatron’s ‘Karma-Sutra Burger’ will have already been covered up by the Moreland City council in Brunswick. Makatron completed the ‘controversial’ piece yesterday and within 24 hours, local residents have complained enough that the piece is now getting unwarranted attention. Typical outlets such as the Herald-Sun and 3AW were awash with complaints. Reason enough for me to go and grab some snaps of it before it all gets taken […]
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 […]