Soundwave 2015 – Melbourne Photos

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

As Australia’s Summer music festival draws to a close, Soundwave always manages to draw the big names downunder. This year was no exception, with Slash, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins and local faves Tonight Alive, I had the fun task of covering the action for Life Music Media.

Here’s a selection of my highlights from Soundwave 2015. View the full gallery on Life Music Media.

Slash & Myles Kennedy

Slash & Myles Kennedy

Slash. Slay.

Slash. Slay.

Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive

Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins

Escape The Fate

Escape The Fate

Goodnight Soundwave 2015

Goodnight Soundwave 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the NGV

Virgins Collection - Jean Paul Gaultier

Virgins Collection

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was the National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster exhibition of Summer 14/15. Marking Gaultier’s retirement in ready-to-wear fashion, touring the fashion capitals of the world, from New York to London, having drawn over a million visitors, we need not ask ‘Is fashion art?’ – Melbournians, they get it.

This was not your ordinary retrospective exhibition. Chronicling the L’Enfant Terrible designer’s career spanning 40 years, extravagantly displayed in thematic rooms, from the high end punk aesthetic he helped champion onto the runways of Paris, to the non-conforming perceptions on sex and gender and the iconic collaborations with pop icons Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The mannequins brought ‘life’ to the space, with disconcerting animated faces, some even talking, including one of Gaultier himself who welcomes you in his jovial manner.

For my fellow Madonna fans, the exhibition did not disappoint. Gaultier’s career is intrinsic to Madonna’s, both visionaries iconoclastically challenging the boundaries of gender, collaboratively and independently, including the infamous Blonde Ambition tour conical bra costume in 1990 and again deconstructed for the MDNA world tour in 2013.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was a truly inspiring exhibition for fashionistas and pop culture aficionados alike. The exhibition is now on it’s way to Paris.

Here are some of my photographic highlights of the exhibition, visit my Flickr gallery to see more.

The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier

Silhouettes of femininity and masculinity, contrasting embellished silk with bold stripes, brought to life by animated faces, show just what a fine couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Odyssey – Virgins & Sailors

The Boudoir

A post-modern deconstruction on gender nonconformity and androgyny, most iconicly communicated through Gaultier’s collaborations with Madonna in her Blonde Ambition World Tour (1990) and architecturally deconstructed for her MDNA World Tour (2012).

Madonna's Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna’s Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Punk & Cancan

The rawness of the British punk movement meets unabashed Parisienne drama is Gaultier’s signature ready-to-wear look.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Front row at the JPG runway

Jean Paul Gaultier

Plaid, studs & leather

Jean Paul Gaultier

Amy Winehouse & runway outfit

Skin Deep

Like a trompe l’oeil, fabric becomes the ‘second skin’.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Madonna’s outfit worn to the AIDS Benefit Gala in 1992

Metropolis

Whilst adhering to the design brief of big budget movies, such as The Fifth Element and The City of Lost Children, the costumes still remain recognisably Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier

At the movies

Urban Jungle

Multi-ethnic influences celebrate diversity without borders.

The Bride - Jean Paul Gaultier

The Bride

Muses

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the NGV demonstrated Gaultier’s connection with Australia, through various costumes for Kylie Minogue and launching trans-gender model Andrej Pejić’s career. A fitting end to a triumphant exhibition.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Worn by Kylie Minogue

Check out more photos from the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on Flickr.

Through my lens

Back in 2013, I did a haute couture photoshoot with model/dancer Penny Higgs and stylist Rebecca Kennedy featuring Jean Paul Gaultier dresses. Check out the photoshoot >

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

So Frenchy So Chic 2015 – Photos

Emilie Simon

Emilie Simon – one of my favourite French artists

The heavens opened once again for the annual So Frenchy So Chic music festival, at Werribee Mansion in Melbourne. I captured the French festivities for the eighth time, a selection of my photography was showcased on Broadsheet.

The Dø

The Dø

Featuring an all-star Francoise line-up Emilie Simon, The Dø, La Femme and Francois & The Atlas Mountains on stage, wowing the crowds on the grounds of the glorious Werribee Mansion with a scrumptious selection of food carts, including Cacao Fine Chocolates, Choo La Lah and Aritsan Gelato hitting the sweet spot.

A moment for #JeSuisCharlie

A moment for #JeSuisCharlie

This year’s event was pointedly marked by the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo, with a minute silence observed by the festival-goers and a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ tribute wall for to write personal messages.

Check out the full gallery Flickr or view my archive of past So Frenchy So Chic events.

Festival-goer Sam sporting a floral crown

Festival-goer Sam sporting a floral crown

Salted Caramel Donuts at the Cacao food cart

Salted Caramel Donuts at the Cacao food cart – you heard me!

La Femme

La Femme

Artisan Gelato served by Frenchmen

Artisan Gelato served by Frenchmen

Rice-paper parasols - possibly the best festival merch ever

Rice-paper parasols – possibly the best festival merch ever

La Femme

La Femme

The sun setting on another beautiful So Frenchy So Chic event

The sun setting on another beautiful So Frenchy So Chic event



More photos on Flickr >

Beach Maternity Photoshoot

Sunset pregnancy silhouette

Maternity goes tribal

My first maternity shoot was with one of the most gorgeous mum-to-be! At 36 weeks, Tate rocked our beach-themed pregnancy photoshoot, along Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne.

Shot at sunset, I went for a glam, fun and down-to-earth vibe, which is exactly who Tate is. With some fabulous clothes from Jeanswest, I styled the wardrobe with fashion-forward pieces which have a tribal edge, yet not explicitly ‘maternity wear’. Check out the series below.

Pregnancy portrait

Tribal queen

Tate & Evan

Tate & Evan

36 weeks

36 weeks

Tate & Evan
In the sea
Nautical glam

Nautical glam

Tate wears 'Arabella' Kimono

When’s it due?

Sunset pregnancy silhouette

Congrats Penny! Big Brother 2014 5th Runner-up

Penny Higgs

Eon Neavou Photoshoot

Congratulations Penny Higgs for making it to the final week of Big Brother Australia! Last year I had the pleasure of collaborating with this lovely lady on a haute couture fashion photoshoot for Eon Neavou. Check out the photoshoot in my portfolio.

Mariah Carey – The Elusive Chanteuse Show Photos

A Day On The Green

Opening A Day On The Green

Mariah Carey was at her finest as she brought The Elusive Chanteuse Show to Melbourne, with back-to-back shows at Rod Laver Arena and A Day On The Green last week. With Mariah’s charm, wit and diva moments, it was definitely a show for the fans. Intimately set with 3 back-up singers, including Mariah’s longtime friend Trey Lorenz, full band and back-up dancers, this show was all about Mariah’s voice and a good mix of hits from her back catalog. Major highlight was the epic 20+ minute ‘Car Ride’ medley featuring fan favourites, including Breakdown and The Roof, and the Melbourne-exclusive duet One Sweet Day performed with Australian support act Nathaniel Willemse.

View the full gallery

Mariah Carey at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Mariah slaying Rod Laver Arena

A Day On The Green

Ballad moments on the baby grand piano at A Day On The Green

Mariah & Nathaniel Willemse performing One Sweet Day

Mariah & Nathaniel Willemse performing One Sweet Day

We Belong Together

We Belong Together

Melbourne Set List

  1. Fantasy Remix
  2. Touch My Body
  3. Emotions
  4. Cry.
  5. Lullaby Of Birdland
  6. Fly Like A Bird
  7. My All
  8. One Sweet Day (with Nathaniel Willemse)
  9. Heartbreaker
  10. #Beautiful
  11. Breakdown
  12. I Know What You Want
  13. It’s Like That
  14. Crybaby
  15. The Roof
  16. Obsessed
  17. I’m That Chick
  18. Honey (So So Def Remix with Mase)
  19. Thirsty
  20. Hero
  21. Supernatural
  22. Always Be My Baby
  23. We Belong Together

The Elusive Chanteuse Show, is Mariah’s second Australian tour in as many years. Check out the 2013 Sydney & Melbourne concert photos.

Tina Arena – Reset Tour Photos!

Tina Arena at The Palais, Melbourne

Tina Arena at The Palais, Melbourne

Tina Arena’s Australian tour wrapped in her hometown of Melbourne, at the iconic Palais Theatre, supported by emerging Australian singer-songwriter Alys and Greek-French singer George Perris. As a long-time fan, I had the great pleasure of photographing her show in this precious venue for Life Music Media, check out the gallery.

Tina’s Melbourne Set List

  • Let Me In
  • Out of the Blue
  • Soul Mate #9
  • Dare You To Be Happy
  • Sorrento Moon
  • Still Running
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Destination Unknown
  • What It Is
  • Only Lonely
  • Reset All
  • Don’t Hide
  • Never (Past Tense)
  • Burn
  • Symphony of Life
  • Heaven Help My Heart
  • Chains
  • I Need Your Body
  • You Set Fire To My Life

George Perris

George Perris

Alys

Alys

Last year, one of my concert photos was published in Tina Arena’s autobiography.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 – Photos!

MSFW 2014

MSFW 2014

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week kicked off in dramatic fashion. I captured all the runway action for the forth consecutive year. Check out the photos on my my Flickr page or view the editorials below.

Runway 1 – Romantic

Elodie Russell in Anaessia

Runway 1 – Anaessia

Opened by the face of MSFW, Elodie Russell in an epic piece from Jason Grech’s Birds of Prey collection, the first runway was a grand affair, featuring the latest looks from Aurelio Costarella, Nicolangela, Michael Lo Sordo, Carla Zampatti, Dom Bagnato, Gwendolynne, Richard Nylon, Olivia Schwarz and Anaessia.
> View the photos from Runway 1

Runway 2 – Contemporary Minimalist

Runway 2 - Alice McCall

Runway 2 – Alice McCall

An edgy, minimalist collection of designers, interwoven with prose recited by Jezzabell Doran. Designers featured; Alice McCall, Carly Hunter, Kahlo, LIFEwithBird, Lui Hon, Manning Cartell, Neo Dia, Willow and YB J’AIME.
> View the photos from Runway 2

Runway 3 – Embellished

Runway 3 - Christine

Runway 3 – Christine

This show was about decadence and multi-culturalism, with an eclectic mix of gypsy performers setting the tone for each designers collection, before ending the show with an inspired multi-cultural performance. Designers featured; Akira, Arthur Galan AG, Calibre, Christine, Jayson Brunsdon, Megan Park, Nevenka, Nicola Finetti, Thurley and Yeojin Bae.
> View the photos from Runway 3

Runway 4 – Street

Runway 4 - Matcho Suba

Runway 4 – Matcho Suba

A cutting edge runway, showing a confident new take on Melbourne streetwear from designers; Above, Leonard St., Búl, Chorus, Gorman, Kuwaii, Limedrop, Livia Arena, Matcho Suba and Tettmann.Doust.
> View the photos from Runway 4

RMIT Runway – Emerging Designer

See the future of Australian fashion design, through the cutting-edge creations from RMIT’s school of fashion.
> View the photos from RMIT Runway

The Rome Photoshoots

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen a plethora of behind the scenes imagery I posted in Europe. I’m pleased to finally show you the final product.

In Rome, Italy, I collaborated with three amazing alternative models on a series of fashion photoshoots. Each one unique, showcasing a different underground take on the Eternal City’s thriving fashion scene.

Miss Milky Butterfly

Milky Butterfly

Burlesque photoshoot

Vintage showgirl photoshoot with Milky Butterfly – Burlesque Starlette. Shot at Libro Di Vino, a cute book & wine bar in downtown Rome, view the gallery.

Strange Little Girl

Strange Little Girl photoshoot

Indie photoshoot

Quirky street fashion photoshoot with Indie/Alternative model Sara De Santis, check out the gallery.

Roman Gothique

Roman Gothique photoshoot

Gothic photoshoot

A dark editorial series with gothic model, il Gatto Mannaro. Shot on a gorgeous medieval bridge, check out the gallery.

Open House Melbourne 2014 Photos

Argus Building

OHM 2014 – First look at the Argus Building renovations

Melbourne was flooded with a sea of purple last weekend, as Open House Melbourne opened the doors to some of Melbourne’s favourite and iconic buildings to the public, for the seventh year. This year, I volunteered my photography skills to document this insightful, not-for-profit event.

Open House Melbourne is always a highlight of my annual photography events. I am a sucker for local history and sneaking into places, and it was a pleasure to be able to give back to this cultural event by volunteering as an event photographer. Over the weekend, I managed to see behind closed doors of some remarkable historic sights that I had never seen and revisit some old favourites.

Check out my archive of Open House Melbourne photos 2010-2014.

Argus Building

Restored ceiling at Argus Building

Restored ceiling at Argus Building

During my Uni days, the Argus Building on the corner of Elizabeth & Latrobe Streets was always boarded up, covered in graffiti and probably occupied by squatters. I was intrigued.
The Argus Building was home to local newspaper The Argus, which ceased publication in the 1950s and ceased occupation. It’s beaux arts-style architecture fell into disrepair until the Melbourne Institute of Technology earmarked it for redevelopment to turn it into a bustling CBD campus. While only the facade was heritage listed, the long-term foresight of the university and architect firm DesignInc painstakingly restored the foyer and it’s ornate vaulted ceiling to its former grandeur. OHM provided the first glimpse of the renovations to the public, due to open January 2015.

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

OHM Pop-up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol

Believe it or not, this was my first time visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol (well… I am a local, not a tourist). What a way to experience it – illuminated red for Open House Melbourne’s Pop-up Bar event. Built in 1839, it famously housed bush-ranger Ned Kelly. Now a museum, you can explore the gaol cells and learn about the men and women who were imprisoned here, some notorious, some wrongly convicted, which gives great insight to the values Australia held at the time.

Hawthorn Tram Depot

Hawthorn Tram Depot

Inside a 1920′s X Class M&MTB Tram

Finally opened to the public, I believe the Hawthorn Tram Depot will become one of Melbourne’s must-see tourist spots. Housing an impressively restored collection of Melbourne’s tram fleet throughout the years, patrons can walk in, sit in the drivers seat and toot the horns of these iconic public transportation vehicles.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral

Inside St Patrick’s Cathedral

Built in the heat of Melbourne’s gold rush, this cathedral was built in the opulence of Gothic Revival style, which perfectly encapsulates ‘booming Melbourne’. I liked this cute moment captured, a little girl mesmerised by the candles against the grandeur of the medieval-style doors.

Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall

Mirrored walls at Hamer Hall

From the old, to the new… I satisfied my inner music nerd with a visit to The Arts Centre. It’s not often that we celebrate 1980′s architecture, but the lights reflecting in the mirrored staircase is a fantastic way to enter a venue.