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.

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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

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

MONA – one MOFO of an Art Experience

MOFO at night in Hobart

MOFO at night in Hobart

No trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA). Founded by gambler/art collector David Walsh in 2011, a privately owned contemporary art museum that defies conventions, packed with eclectic pieces which are often confronting and challenging with a generous representation of female artists. MONA has done for Hobart what Guggenheim had done for Bilbao in Spain – the swift regeneration of the sleepy southern-most state into one of the hottest art destinations in the country, if not the world.

Earlier this year, I traveled to Tasmania and MONA (in the midst of its annual MOFO festival) was at the top of my list. After spending a full day at the museum, and thinking of my years studying Bachelor of Visual Arts, it was refreshing to see art can be done for arts sake.

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Highlights from MONA and MOFO

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Originally installed in January 2011, the silver 1982 Rover 3500 SE was squeezed between two concrete walls. Over the years, the installation has decayed over the years with some beatings to the rear, even more evocative of a car wreckage.

Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

Detail of Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

A multi-channel video installation depicting super Italian Madonna fans singing the entire Immaculate Collection album, acapella. Examining the star status of Madonna, the fans often mimic her moves, evoking the themes Madonna has challenged throughout her career. As a Madonna fan, it made me question how much of an influence she has had on me and my work, subliminally and consciously #bitchwearemadonna. Watch the entire video on Vimeo.

The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

Detail of The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

A morbid self portrait of the Boody as a child, a drooling doll enclosed in a cage in a fairytale-like dress with pet mice. Whimsical, macabre, perfect!

Chapel by Wim Delvoye

Chapel by Wim Delvoye

Interior or Chapel by Wim Delvoye

A useful piece of architecture or sculpture? The Chapel features ornate mock-gothic architecture and stained-glass windows – a nod to tradition and history? Think again… the windows feature erotic images, and yes, you can get married there. David did.

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

A wooden chair, enamel bowl and two goldfish swimming puzzled around a large knife. As far as I know, the fish haven’t swum into it.

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

A large-scale, inflatable luminarium… referencing mosque architecture, the sculpture plays with light and colour and encourages wonderment and curiosity. Currently traveling the arts festival circuit, be sure to catch it in your city.

MONA ROMA Ferry

MONA ROMA Ferry arriving at MONA

Reserved for God

Reserved for God

Published in the mX

Vivid Sydney and Melbourne at night

Published in the mX:
(left) Youtuber Miss Liddles getting hands on at Vivid, Sydney. (right) Docklands at night.

A great honor to have had a couple of my photographs published in the final issues of the mX newspaper, across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this week.

The mX newspaper is a free, daily newspaper, published by News Corp for the past 14 years. A beloved part of the daily commute for inner city workers across the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

On a personal note, thank you to the talented team behind the mX for brightening up my daily commute. I remember when the first issue was published, the mX will be sorely missed.