Posted in Gigs,PhotographyMarch 26, 2011
The World Is Yours
I first saw Motörhead back in 1984. It was their first tour of Australia and it was one of the most blistering gigs I have seen in my life. It was the one gig where I remember my body being pushed to one side by an invisible presence known as volume. Yeah, the sound that was pounding off the stage like invisible waves was pushing me to one side. I had no idea what it was but I think after that night, I suffered permanent ear loss. My left ear was never the same after that night and I followed it up by seeing the band for a second time the next night. Yep, brain turned to pure mush.
So many bands boast ‘loudest band in the world’ – unless that boast has a Motörhead logo underneath it, they are liars. No one comes close!
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyMarch 25, 2011
Who Let The Trolls Out?
I was looking forward to tonight’s shoot as I finally would be shooting with a lens I have been hanging to get just for gigs. The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 is a lens I have been clamouring to get for so long but due to budget constraints (ie broke) I have been stuck with the 24-105mm f/4(!) for the past couple of years. Yep, all the photos you see on this site, every single one – has been done with the f/4. *gasp*
I won a contest a couple of months ago on the strength of this photo and the prize was free lens rental for the weekend. Seeing as I was scheduled to shoot Finntroll tonight, and Motorhead tomorrow – it all worked out rather well.
Posted in Events,Fashion,PhotographyMarch 13, 2011
Things That Go Bump In The Night
Circa Nocturna is always an exciting time of the year. It brands itself as Melbourne’s Premier Alternative Fashion Parade and it lives up to this image of itself time and time again.
Each and every year, Circa Nocturna allows some of the country’s sub-culture designers shine and sparkle on the catwalk of the pristine and beautiful Fitzroy Town Hall.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyFebruary 16, 2011
Coming from the musical world of the extremely hard edged kick ass rocking genres, I’ve been pretty impartial to Tricky’s Trip Hop, dark, ambient, electronica, sprechgesang stylings!
So tonight, in the form of a Valentine’s Day present from my partner, (thanks babe!) we attended the Tricky gig at Melbourne’s gorgeous Forum Theatre.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyFebruary 2, 2011
I had applied for a Die Antwoord photo-pass but knowing my luck, I sure as hell was not expecting to secure one.
Surprisingly, I got the pass and I was eagerly awaiting this gig as I have been a fan of the band for a while and felt that it would be a kick ass opportunity to photograph a band that is going to be HUGE in a couple of years. Mark my words!
Posted in PhotographyJanuary 30, 2011
Under a burning Melbourne sun that seemed to scorch all in its path this weekend, I attended the Rites of Passage Festival at the Royal Exhibition Building.
From the get go, the event was beautifully organised and there was an incredibly vast bill of all sorts of entertainment, fashion, art, culture, characters and of course – a lot of tattoos!
Check out some of the photos from the event.
Posted in Events,PhotographyNovember 29, 2010
The Victorian Roller Derby League (VRDL) held its 2010 Grand Final this weekend. Proof positive that the sport is growing in leaps and bounds was evident over the weekend as the bout had been moved from the humble Puckhandlers Stadium, to the vast Melbourne Showgrounds.
The event was long sold-out, as has been the norm for the majority of the season, but it was great seeing it staged at such a venue and getting to feel the electricity and all-round good vibe from the 3-4,000 strong crowd.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographySeptember 15, 2010
Ride The Lightning
It proved to be an amazing array of anxiousness and raw emotion today. I don’t know how I got an ounce of work done as nearly every minute of the day was spent hovering over the old familiar ping of the inbox alerting me to mail, or watching the phone – begging it to ring!
I found out yesterday through my editor at Metal As Fuck, the wonderful Leticia, that I may be getting the chance to photograph Metallica. I hadn’t even bothered applying for a pass myself as I didn’t like my chances so to get a chance to shoot them, no matter how remote it seemed, just blew me away.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographySeptember 6, 2010
To be perfectly honest, as much as Napalm Death are considered a pioneering exponent of the Death Metal movement, I haven’t really bothered checking them out over the course of their career. But I was eager to shoot them tonight and break out of my gig-shooting lethargy which has seen me pretty much take the entire winter off from shooting live bands.
I needed a break and at the end of the day, I had to force myself to go and shoot Napalm tonight.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographySeptember 2, 2010
Rise Of The Fallen
I think it is now official. When it comes to shooting live music in Melbourne, no venue comes close to Billboard. The lighting guys nail it almost every time and it is always a venue I enjoy shooting at. In fact, I really don’t think I’m ever going to bother trying to photograph anyone at the Hifi Bar. The pit is awfully deep, the lighting is almost always utterly abysmal and you spend a long night pushing your camera to the max, only to come home with naff shots.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyMay 20, 2010
I knew it was going to be a difficult night when before Dillinger Escape Plan hit the stage, there were 10 security goons in the pit and about 8 photogs. Chaos was on the menu tonight and it didn’t surprise me in the slightest when after one song, we were told to vacate the pit. Pronto!
Seems to be a common occurrence at Billboard. There’s one little security dude who pulls the pin at the first sign of an energetic crowd.
Posted in Events,PhotographyMay 1, 2010
Wow! What an amazing turnout for this year’s annual Melbourne Zombie Shuffle! It was huge – with a veritable feast of zombies terrorizing the streets of Melbourne with blood, gore and an insatiable lust for braaaaains!
Whilst it is a ton of fun seeing so many people dressed as the living dead, I think the real buzz is seeing the reactions of everyday people witness the mayhem before them! You can literally see the shock and amazement written on the faces of innocent bystanders who for the most part, are completely oblivious to the who, what, where and why.