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 – backstage at So Frenchy So Chic 2016
Brigitte: Double Trouble
Soviet Suprem tearing the stage
Floral garland-clad cloud on the grounds of Werribee Mansion
Soviet Suprem backstage
Je suis Paris, Je suis Sydney
Lou Doillon onstage
Fans joining the Soviet Suprem revolution
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.
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
Thinking of all my friends and amazing memories from the most beautiful city in the world. The city of lights! Stay strong Paris! XO
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.
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Puddle of Grace
Wandering through Chinatown
General Charles George Gordon statue
What’s on the menu?
Rooftop hangs at Sunset with Qantas
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. Model: Brian
Under the cover of darkness
Brian goes rogue
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
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 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
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.
David Ansett – Director of Truly Deeply making a speech
Great turn out
Thanks to Emma at Truly Deeply
for the photos.
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 entrance
Meat Market interior
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 rooftop
Edgewater Towers interior leading onto balcony
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
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
Water falls and other features by Zoe Scoglio, at Seventh Gallery
Echelon by Culture Mechanics