So Frenchy So Chic 2016 – Photos

Brigitte

Brigitte commanding the stage at So Frenchy So Chic

Werribee Mansion once again played gracious host to the annual So Frenchy So Chic festival in Melbourne. With an eclectic line-up featuring Soviet Suprem, Lou Doillon, Brigitte and Hindi Zahra, it was a fine day in the sun.

I have photographed this event since its infancy at the Prince Bandroom, and for the ninth time I captured the French festivities.

Check out the photos below or view the full gallery >

Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon – backstage at So Frenchy So Chic 2016

Brigitte

Brigitte: Double Trouble

Soviet Suprem

Soviet Suprem tearing the stage

Werribee Mansion

Floral garland-clad cloud on the grounds of Werribee Mansion

Soviet Suprem

Soviet Suprem backstage

Je suis Paris, Je suis Sydney

Je suis Paris, Je suis Sydney

Hindi Zahra

Hindi Zahra

Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon onstage

Fans joining the Soviet Suprem revolution

Fans joining the Soviet Suprem revolution

Strong as Steel – Seattle photoshoot

Mimi & the Fremont Troll // Strong as Steel

Mimi & the Fremont Troll // Strong as Steel

In Seattle, I had the pleasure of collaborating with model/race car driver Mimi Park on a quirky industrial-themed photoshoot. Shot in Seattle’s historic Gas Works Park, with a guest appearance from the much-loved Fremont Troll.

View the full photoshoot below.

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2 Million Views on Flickr

Flickr highlights

Flickr highlights

My Flickr account is an oeuvre of my photography work since 2009. I constantly update it with my latest fashion photoshoots, documentary travel photography and of course live music photography.

I’m very proud of how it has grown over the years, and the milestone just passed – a mammoth 2 million page views!

Explore my photo albums here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aurora_design/

Here are just a few highlights from my portfolio:
1. MADONNA – MDNA Tour, Staples Center, LA, 2. Sydney Opera House – Vivid 2015, 3. Ashley McCarthy – Venice Beach, 4. Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert, 5. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept., 6. Marilyn Manson – Soundwave 2015 – Melbourne, 7. Grand Canal – Venice, Italy, 8. Foggy tree tops in Banff, Canada, 9. rats, 10. Secret Garden Photoshoot, 11. Galeries Lafayette stained-glass dome – Paris, 12. Bondi Beach, 13. Suburban Goth photoshoot, 14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Big Day Out 2013, 15. Aurora Australis over Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, 16. Penny Higgs (Big Brother) – Photoshoot, 17. You and Me – Catacombs, Paris, 18. Florence and The Machine – Melbourne

Pray for Paris

#prayforparis

#prayforparis

Thinking of all my friends and amazing memories from the most beautiful city in the world. The city of lights! Stay strong Paris! XO

Feels Like Home – Melbourne Instameet

Photographer Jarrad Seng and model Jessica Marie

Photographer Jarrad Seng and model Jessica Marie

After months of travel, it was nice to rediscover my hometown of Melbourne, with one of the largest Instameets hosted by Qantas to celebrate their 95th birthday. Our urban walkabout guide was Perth photographer, Jarrad Seng as we wandered through the Fitzroy Gardens, steps of Parliament and down through Chinatown to capture some Melbourne moments.

While there didn’t seem to be any considered itinerary for the Melbourne event, I did manage to get a few shots capturing Melbourne in a new light.

Follow me on Instagram for more @auroradesign.

Puddle of Grace

Puddle of Grace

Wandering through Chinatown

Wandering through Chinatown

General Charles George Gordon statue

General Charles George Gordon statue

What's on the menu?

What’s on the menu?

Treasury Gardens

Treasury Gardens

Rooftop hangs at Sunset with Qantas

Rooftop hangs at Sunset with Qantas

Boys gone wild in PDX

Boys in the hood

PDX hood life. Models: Brian, Greg & Steven

In Portland, I collaborated with local Instagrammer Steven Bustrin on a Vigilante web series. During October, Steven posted an ongoing saga of the tales of a disengaged young man in the big city, accompanied by a photograph, several of which were by me. Fun times re-imagining Portland as a city full of hoodlums.

Gallery below. View them larger on Flickr.

Under the bridge

Under the bridge. Model: Brian

Under the cover of darkness

Under the cover of darkness

Squad goals?

Squad goals?

Brian goes rogue

Brian goes rogue

It's a tough city. You have to be tougher.

It’s a tough city. You have to be tougher.

Models: Steven Bustrin, Brian Pickett and Greg.
You can follow the Instaseries on Steven’s instagram.

From the streets

Portrait from the streets of Portland

Portrait from the streets of Portland

There are around 4,000 people sleeping rough on the streets in Portland. The homeless situation in the USA is always a culture shock for me. I even saw 2x police officers issuing a ticket to a man sleeping in a car park, what an outrage! I’m not sure what the solution is, but what I learned is the best thing I could do was to overcome my fear and treat everyone with kindness and respect.

Cœur de pirate – Live in Portland

Cœur de Pirate commanding Doug Fir Lounge

Cœur de Pirate commanding Doug Fir Lounge

Quebecoise indie-pop, singer-songwriter, Cœur de pirate (aka Béatrice Martin) packed out Doug Fir Lounge in Portland last week. Supported by the supremely talented NYC singer-songwriter Sophie Auster.

I couldn’t help but get into gig photographer mode and put together this gallery.

View full gallery on Flickr >

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster

Art With Heart ’15 Auction

Aurora Milky Way by Naomi Rahim

Aurora Milky Way by Naomi Rahim

Art With Heart is an annual art auction organised by Truly Deeply, utilising creative talent to raise funds for local Melbourne charities. Proceeds from this year’s auction went to Beyond Words, a not-for-profit initiative to celebrate the rich lives of older people in the community in Melbourne.

For the 13th event, I was proud to contribute my photograph, ‘Aurora Milky Way’ from my Starry Night series. Photographed in the Tasmanian wilderness, to witness a night like that was ‘beyond words’.

Congratulations to the lucky bidder! View more of my travel photography on Flickr.

Bidding Sheets

Bidding Sheets

David Ansett - Director of Truly Deeply making a speech

David Ansett – Director of Truly Deeply making a speech

Great turn out

Great turn out


Thanks to Emma at Truly Deeply for the photos.

Open House Melbourne 2015 Photos

RMIT Design Hub

Exterior of RMIT Design Hub

The doors were wide open Melbourne’s rarely seen, but ever present buildings and workspaces across the CBD and inner city suburbs. For my sixth year, I explored three significant buildings from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Can’t get more diverse than that!

View the full gallery and archives from Open House Melbourne 2010-2015.

Meat Market, North Melbourne

Built in 1880 to the design of architect George Johnson – now a grade one heritage-listed building. Noted for it’s character-packed, ostentatious architecture with decorative ram head sculptures dotted throughout. Today, it’s fully preserved thanks to the Bracks government and now used as a performing arts space. George Johnson also designed other notable buildings including the Fitzroy Town Hall and St Kilda Hall.

Meat Market

Meat Market entrance

Meat Market

Meat Market interior

Meat Market

Meat Market – brass ram head ornamentation

Edgewater Towers, St Kilda

Australia’s first multi-residential apartment complex, designed to bring the Miami-style living to St Kilda. Designed by émigré architect Mordechai Benshemesh and completed in 1961, it’s the perfect time capsule of Mid Century Modern architecture in Melbourne.

Edgewater Towers

Edgewater Towers rooftop

Edgewater Towers

Edgewater Towers interior leading onto balcony

Edgewater Towers letterboxes

Edgewater Towers letterboxes

RMIT Design Hub, CBD

Completed in 2012 to house RMIT’s School of Architecture, Design Hub’s minimalism architecture is designed to inspire the students to explore solar energy and environmental factors in their work.

RMIT Design Hub

RMIT Design Hub

Gertrude St Projection Festival 2015

Finding Your Way: Finding Home by Deb Bain­-King

Finding Your Way: Finding Home by Deb Bain­-King

The hallowed Gertrude St was illuminated once again for the annual Gertrude St Projection Festival. Better known as GSPF, a brilliant not-for-profit event exhibits emerging new media artists’ site-specific art pieces in Fitzroy.

While these works are best experienced in real life, here are some of my highlights of the event.

View the full GSPF Archive Gallery on Flickr.

Atherton Towers - Form Work by Guled Abdulwasi

Atherton Towers – Form Work by Guled Abdulwasi

Water falls and other features by Zoe Scoglio, at Seventh Gallery

Water falls and other features by Zoe Scoglio, at Seventh Gallery

Echelon by Culture Mechanics

Echelon by Culture Mechanics