What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I'm the chosen one...
John, I have been shooting live bands for years and I have to tell you how blown I am with your work. You always capture the experience so well. When I grow up I want to shoot like you. Well done sir.
John Raptis’ work is amazing, I am privileged to have him photograph my work.
John Raptis isn’t like any other photographer in Melbourne, aside from having a passion for the heavier and darker side of the entertainment industry, he has a knack of capturing the honesty and purity of his subjects, like a snap shot in time, he captures the moment and makes it his own…
We have been photographed by a million photographers over the years – your photos, both live and portrait, are easily the raddest! Thank you!
John has been reliably making Desecrator look sweatier, hairier, uglier and heavier than we really are for longer than I can remember.
John has shot many of our exhibition openings. His lens always manages to deftly cut through the bustle of the crowd yet still capture the moment and mood – through the haze of art, bodies and mayhem. His no nonsense approach is one I like – he’s a professional who gets the shots I want with no fuss whatsoever…
John Raptis provides some of the best photographs we have had the pleasure of publishing in our magazine. He is extremely professional to work with and always takes the time to go above and beyond our expectations.
John is so passionate about photography. It shows not only in his work, but also his work-ethic. Once we realised we needed Key of Solomon promo shots, John was our number one choice. We hit him up, and within a day he had emailed us back with photos he took while location scouting. Throughout our years in bands, this was the first time a photographer had carried out independent location scouting. Not only does John have the skills and know-how – he actively takes part in the creative process in order to get the best results.
A sincere treasure with an eye for mood, moment, drama and hidden beauty. John's work and attitude always reflects his sincerely unique vision of the other side of life and culture.
John Raptis captures the intimate complexity of artists onstage, and conveys them in both a creative and highly artistic way, revealing their inner expressions for the world to see…
John Raptis is one of the rare few who truly possesses THE EYE and thrills us all when it blinks and sees the fierceness!
John gets THE shot – before the subject even has a chance to think – therefore capturing the true essence and character of the artist or band. Where as most shoots feel awkward and forced, working with John presents a relaxed, comfortable vibe. An absolute professional, in every sense.
Band promo pics is normally the lamest, most unfun process for us as a band but John was awesome and hit it for six! I think he has spoilt us rotten on how a band should work with a photographer!