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

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

Kelis & Jones Jnr. – Melbourne Photos

Kelis

Kelis

As the Splendour on the Grass sideshows roll into town, I covered the Kelis show at the Prince Bandroom in Melbourne. Kelis performed a massive 18 song setlist, including; Milkshake, Trick Me and Millionaire. Her unique blend of soul & electronica was perfectly complimented by support act Jones Jnr, a soul/beats duo from Sydney (awesome discovery). Don’t miss these two acts if you have Splendour tickets!

View the full gallery on Life Music Media.

Jones Jnr.

Jones Jnr.

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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Owl Eyes live at NGV Melbourne photos

Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes live at NGV’s Great Hall

Melbourne singer Owl Eyes took to the stage of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall, as part of the Friday Nights musical guests for Italian Masterpieces Exhibition. Each Friday Night musical act is cherry-picked to perform at the NGV for a wonderful evening of art, music and wine.

I captured the action for LifeMusicMedia, check out the full gallery.

Owl Eyes
Owl Eyes
Owl Eyes

The last time I photographed Owl Eyes was at Pyramid Rock Festival, check out the photos.

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.
Check out more photos on Flickr.

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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Street Style at VAMFF 2014

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival brought the trend-setters to the streets of Melbourne. Here is a selection of the coolest looks from the streets.

Leah Jay repping White Suede
Zoe Demkiw repping White Suede
Lime green
Harlequin dream
Street Style
Head dress
Street Style
Leopard print