White Night Melbourne 2016 – Photos

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

White Night once again illuminated the streets of Melbourne for the forth year year, attracting approximately 580,000 people. The all night program of light projections and entertainment saw a few changes from previous years. Major attractions were spread from Federation Square to The Royal Exhibition Building to ease congestion. While a couple of the illuminations had previously been exhibited at Sydney’s Vivid festival, there were some attractions that were distinctly Melbourne. This is what I saw.

Check out the full gallery on Flickr | View past White Night galleries.

Circus Circus - rope artist

Circus Circus – rope artist

Still Here by Josh Muir with Ample Projects - NGV

Still Here by Josh Muir with Ample Projects – NGV

Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Trip the Light Fantastic – Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Jellyfish by Joe Blanck

Jellyfish by Joe Blanck

White Night - Royal Exhibition Building

White Night – Royal Exhibition Building

The Dresses

The Dresses

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

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour

Vivid brought Sydney to life during Winter, with an expanded program and new precincts in the program. I traveled to Sydney a documented the action, here are some of my favourite photographs. View my Vivid Sydney photo essay.

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Martyn

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Martyn

A gorgeous, whimsical installation in an alleyway in The Rocks. Depicting a starry night sky alive with meteor showers, shooting stars and supernova.

Paint The Town

Paint The Town by 32 Hundred Lighting – colour scheme by Naomi Rahim

Paint The Town took interactivity at Vivid to the next level. Members of the public were given the controls to literally paint the town. This was my design.

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

An ethereal collection of extravagant dresses, created from hundreds of delicate fibre-optic strands. Emerging as apparitions in the darkness, as beautiful as it is creepy.

Mechanical Colour Assemblage

MCA Building – Mechanical Colour Assemblage

Mechanical Colour Assemblage transformed the Art Deco facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art into a trippy, mechanical audio and visual experience. Artists: Rebecca Baumann (Australia), Danny Rose (Sergio Carrubba (France), Paola Ciucci (France), Lucia Frigola (France), Cédric Péri (France), Emanuele De Raymondi (Italy).

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group

One for the kids and big kids… a series of organically animated images of Sydney’s flora and fauna, wrapping around the iconic facade of Customs House.

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White Night Melbourne 2015 Photos

St Paul's Cathedral during White Night Melbourne 2015

St Paul’s Cathedral – White Night Melbourne 2015

White Night Melbourne returned for a third year, attracting approximately 500,000 people to the streets of Melbourne for the all night program of illuminations and cultural events. Scheduled on the same day as Soundwave, I managed to capture a few highlights. Another fascinating sensory overload on a hot Summer’s night. This is what I saw.

Wonderland

White Night Melbourne 2015 - Wonderland

Flinders St – White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden

Sita's Garden Lotus Pond - White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden Lotus Pond


Sita's Garden - White Night Melbounre

Sita’s Garden – The Crucible

Colonise

Scots' Church - Colonise

Scots’ Church – Colonise

Check out my archive of White Night Melbourne photos, 2013-2015.

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.

Gertrude St Light Projection Festival 2014

Atherton Gardens

Lighthouse by Nick Azidis at the Atherton Gardens

Fitzroy came alive this Winter thanks to the Gertrude St Light Projection Festival, a brilliant not for profit event that brings site-specific illumination art to the buildings and alleys of Gertrude St.

Forty media arts projects lit Gertrude St; from buildings, to shop windows and even a Volkswagen Beatle were all fair game for these artists. Low light photography has always been a passion of mine, so I always make sure to photograph this event (check out my 2013 photos here). However, these works are best experienced in real life.

Here are just a few photographic highlights from the festival. View the full 2014 Gallery on Flickr.

The Peoples Car by Olaf Meyer

The Peoples Car by Olaf Meyer

Plasmatic Transience by Andy Buchanan

Plasmatic Transience by Andy Buchanan

Transition by Yandell Walton

Transition by Yandell Walton

Young Blood by Arika Waulu

Young Blood by Arika Waulu

Veronica Mars at Oz Comic Con 2014

Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Veronica Mars panel: Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Now and then I get the chance to photograph my fandoms… I’ve watched every episode of Veronica Mars since day 1, through Channel 10′s endless rescheduling, until the final episode that left every marshmallow all too unsatisfied. Who knew, that after 10 years and a humble Kickstarter pledge later, that we (Aussie fans) would get to meet some of the cast in Melbourne? Imagine my excitement!!!

Oz Comic-Con 2014 ended in Melbourne on a high, with the Veronica Mars panel hitting Stage 1. Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Aaron Ashmore (Troy Vandegraff) and Sam Huntington (Luke Haldeman).

While Ashmore and Huntington’s characters had minor roles in the show – they had strong opinions; everyone is Team Logan (but given the option, Huntington would be Team Dick, proclaiming “I love Dick!” to the audience – pun may or may not have been intended), Keith is their favourite character, no-one has read the Veronica Mars book yet, both hope to get the call for any Veronica Mars projects in the future and their Tijuana scenes were filmed in San Diego thanks to some very creative location dressing.

Dohring said that a Veronica Mars 2 movie or a spin-off TV series is possible (this just before the announcement of Kristen Bell’s pregnancy), he got advice on how to act drunk from Aaron and Sam, his favourite scene was in episode 1×05 when Veronica asks Keith “You can find anybody! If she were a criminal, you’d make a couple grand tracking her down and you’d have her back in a week,” and the cast never knew ‘who done it’ in the over-arching mysteries until they got the script. While we didn’t really discover any in-depth juice, it was nonetheless a very entertaining panel and there were no complaints from the predominantly female audience.


All photos ©2014 Naomi Rahim, please contact for permission to use.
View more Oz Comic-Con 2014 photos here.

Jason Dohring

Jason Dohring

Aaron Ashmore & Sam Huntington

Aaron Ashmore & Sam Huntington

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington & Jason Dohring

Oz Comic-Con 2014 Photos

Cosplay Parade - Day 1

Cosplay Parade Day 1

That time of the year when fanboys and fangirls can mingle with their heroes or be their heroes… Oz Comic-Con returned to the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne July 5-6, and I was armed with my 70-200mm lens and ability to capture the action for Life Music Media.

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H&M Australia VIP Opening Party

H&M Australia

The GPO reincarnates once again…

H&M Australia opened their first store in Melbourne’s iconic GPO building this month. The VIP Opening Party was the first look Melbourne got of the Swiss budget fashion store. In attendance was a who’s-who of Aussie TV and media, I captured the action for Style Melbourne.
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H&M fashion

On trend, fresh looks at H&M

After terminating the leases of the Australian designer boutiques who previously occupied GPO, H&M have respected the iconic architecture of the grand building, and surprisingly, maintained the low price points we’re familiar with at their international counterparts.

HAIM

HAIM at the DJ booth

HAIM jetted in to DJ the party, relive their fun 90s pop playlist compiled by Style Melbourne.
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