From the Vault Ep. 1

A collection of blogs exploring some previously shot assignments, that for whatever reason, hadn’t made their way into my online folio… until now.

In 2008 I achieved three things I had dreamed about since I was a 90s era teenager. 

The Big Day Out was one of the greatest music festivals to be held in Australia. I first started going in 2000 as an 18 year old, a late comer to the BDO due to living in the country and having parents that weren't too keen on the idea of me going to a festival as a minor. Well now I was 18 and I could go to all the amazing festivals I wanted. Grinspoon, Shihad, Magic Dirt, The Cruel Sea, Nine Inch Nails, The Chemical Brothers, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Foo Fighters stand out as favourites from my first BDO experience.

Around this time, in 2000, Rage Against the Machine announced they were going to break up. They were a favourite band of mine all through high school and are still high on my listening rotation. I remember thinking at the time it was such a shame that I will never get to see them play live (I was still a naive youngster who hadn't realised many bands reform to push the vintage act well past their golden years).

By 2008 however, RATM had annonced they were reforming...


Hopefully they tour Australia... 


They're joining the BDO line up this year...


I scored a press pass to the 2008 Big Day Out!!!

I would be photographing, among other acts, one of my favourite bands. Shooting for my first time at one of Australia's greatest music festival!

Words cannot describe the joy I felt when Rage Against The Machine walked out on stage and began their set. Hopefully the photos below will do the experience justice instead.  

Oh that's right, I said there were three lifelong dreams fulfilled on this day in 2008. The third was sharing a photo pit with Australian rock photographer royalty; Tony Mott! 

Not bad for a days work.
Of course RATM were not the only amazing band I had the opportunity to photograph at the 2008 BDO, below is a collection of my favourite photos from the festival.

Arcade Fire
British India
King Daddy
The Night Watchman (Tom Morello solo)