Paul Stanley on Facebook posts JamesD Photo

As most of you know I’ve been a KISS fan for most of my life therefore I am so happy and proud that Paul Stanley likes my photo enough to share it with his Facebook followers. To have one of my heroes share my work again has blown me away and to have my photos (my art) recognised by a truly international artist as worthy enough to share is simply amazing to me. Thanks Paul and thanks KISS.  PS, by the way it’s the second time Paul has used one of my photos on his FB….. now that rocks too!

You can read more about my KISS photo shoot experience here.

More of my KISS photos here

Eric Singer likes my photo!

It’s always a thrill to see my work up in lights, but the ultimate compliment is when one of the stars I shoot uses the photo I take of them in one shape or another.  Recently I’ve had some really favorable feedback on the quality of my photos.  Dressed to Chill were amazed at my photos of them and  KISSTROYER have always been massive fans of my work.  But to have Eric Singer, KISS drummer, use my photo as his Facebook profile photo has seriously blown my mind!  I am so thrilled, you have no idea.  The reason I shoot is partially motivated by financial reasons, but from an artist’s point of view having another artist acknowledge my art in such a positive way makes all the blood, sweat and tears all worth it.

Here’s the rest of my photos from KISS’ Melbourne concert on 5th March 2013

Thank you Eric for liking my photo …  and thanks to KISSOPOLIS for sharing my photo with Eric.

R’n’R!!!!!!!

Eric Singer

KISS rocks Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, 5th & 6th March 2013

KISS came to town this week (with Mötley Crüe, Thin Lizzy and Diva Demolition) and we were lucky enough to go to the concert on both nights that they played to a packed Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.   It was fantastic being in the front row in the ‘mosh pit’ two nights in a row; it was just an awesome experience to see my favorite band so close up and personal.  Not only that, but being so close allowed me to take some (even if I say so myself) great photos.  Hopefully my new association with Heavy Magazine in future will allow me to shoot from the pit with my real photography gear so watch out for more kickass photos.  In any case here’s a snapshot of my photos with links to more photos below.  R’n’R!!!!

Paul Stanley doing what he does best!

Paul Stanley doing what he does best!

Gene Simmons - The Demon

Gene Simmons – The Demon

Tommy Thayer rocks!

Tommy Thayer rocks!

Eric Singer hits those drums so hard!

Eric Singer hits those drums so hard!

More KISS Monster Tour photos at my Flickr 

See Thin Lizzy & Mötley Crüe Monster Tour photos at my Flickr

JamesD spotted at KISSOPOLIS

JD Spotted at KISSOPOLIS in March 2013

JD Spotted at KISSOPOLIS in March 2013

Once again the guys at KISSOPOLIS have featured my photos on their web site.  As always it’s a buzz for me to see my stuff up in lights and I am looking forward to possibly helping out with the KISSOPOLIS web site in the near future.  Along with my other KISS indulgences, being hooked up with KISSOPOLIS in the name of Rock’n’roll and in the name of KISS is exciting and fun!  Thanks KISSOPOLIS!!

Visit KISSOPOLIS online for all your KISS news!

Power House – my home away from home

Power House senior team runs out for battle against Old Westbourne on 11 August 2012

I’ve been involved with Power House footy club since 1985, I played just 66 games for the Club over 15 seasons (I retired from playing in 2000).  I’ve been a player, a committee man and since 1995 my business DISKMANdotNet has been the Club’s web designer, domain name and web hosting provider and more recently I’ve been an official photographer.  Everytime I go to the Club I get a really special feeling.  There’s no better place when I am there.  The clubrooms, the smell of liniment, the sight of the boys running out in the Green, White and Black; it stirs really special memories.  Makes me want to pull on a pair of boots and join them!

Being involved with the Club post-retirement is something which I really enjoy doing.  Giving back to the Club is really important to me as it gave so much to me.  It’s part of my identity and it feels great when I share that ‘my Club is Power House’ in conversations with people close and far from the Club.  “My Club”….

When I think of Power House, I stand tall and I am proud.  I am positive I am not alone with this feeling.

The reason I love Power House so much is the history of the place.  The characters which make up the Club are amongst some of the best people I know.  Their passion for the Club is infectious and you can’t help but being caught up by it.  From my past team mates, young and old, to the ‘old timers’ whose very shoulders the Club was built upon, to the present players; they are all important to me.

The Club was originally founded in 1940, but it wasn’t until 1947 (after the war) when it was resurrected and joined the VAFA.  Since then it has won 7 Premierships (U19’s, Reserves and Seniors), has had 2 players awarded with 300 game status by the VAFA and has had numerous  VAFA Victorian representatives.  More Club history can be viewed on the PHFC web site.

A great example of how my Club comes together to support, remember and appreciate each other is last Saturday (11 August 2012) when the Club hosted a Past Players’ Luncheon in memory of Les Gordon.  Sadly we lost Les this year and  it was fitting to dedicate the lunch and the game day in Les’ name.

Les Gordon

Les Gordon (middle) with (L-R) Ian Dakin, Rick Sykes, Peter Dakin and Peter Hutchinson

A bit about Les Gordon

Les is the games record holder for the Power House Football Club. He played 357 games in a playing career that spanned 1952 – 1971. Les is a 4-time Seniors Best and Fairest winner (1960, 1961, 1962 and 1964) and was Senior Captain in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1971. He was Senior Coach for 6 seasons. He was a member of the 1959 Invincibles Premiership Team and was Senior Playing Captain-Coach of the 1971 Premiership Team. In 2011, Les was elevated to LEGEND status of the Power House Football Club.

I’ll never be a legend of the Club, I’ll never be a Life Member and I’ll never be one of the greats; but that’s ok by me because in my own way I played my part in the past and I continue to play a different part now which many people associated with the Club appreciate.  It’s enough to make ‘my’ heart grow glad. I am proud to be involved and lending my hand to recording and promoting the Club’s history.

Go Power House!  Go you Slushee Warriors!

JDP Spotted on KISSOPOLIS

JamesD Photography on KISSOPOLIS

Always a thrill to find my photos shared around!

It’ always a thrill to find my photos on other people’s web sites.  In this case I am really over the moon as KISS is one of my all time favorite bands.  Mixing music and photography (equal par as far as my passions go) is always going to be enjoyable.  Photographing Bruce Kulick at the Corner Hotel was probably one of my favorite moments.  To have my work shared at KISSOPOLIS is a major thrill!

Thanks KISSOPOLIS!

Click here to visit KISSOPOLIS online.

Bruce Kulick Photo Shoot

Bruce Kulick at the Corner Hotel

Awesome photographing a 'hero' of my yesteryear

In February 2012 I had the pleasure of photographing Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS guitarist 1984 – 1996) at the Corner Hotel in Richmond, Melbourne.

Bruce put an awesome band together comprising of Tim Henwood (Vocals), Travis Dragani (Drums), Paul Drennan (Guitar), Matt Macauliffe (Bass) and of course Bruce himself on Vocals and Guitars.  The band bashed out a number of KISS hits featuring Bruce’s signature lead solos.  Also a feature were three original songs from Bruce’s latest album BK3.

Click here and scroll down to February 13, 2012, the main image of Bruce is one of my shots and two or three others are contained in the slide show once you click on that main image.

More photos of Bruce’s Melbourne gig are on my Flickr here.