It's no secret we're huge fans of the thriving music industry we have here in Victoria and we're always excited to speak to the people who contribute to it's ever-growing community. Whether it's artists, promoters, sound engineers, tech teams or stage crew, there are so many people who come together to give us incredible live music every night of the week.
Access All Areas gives us a behind the scenes look into the lives of some of these individuals, and we got the chance to speak to Cristina Mariani, a young photographer, set on capturing all the magic taking place on stages around the state.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do for work.
My name is Cristina, I’m 21 years old and a Melbourne based Live Music Photographer.
How did you get into photography?
It all started when I was in year 11. I always had a passion for photography and chose to do VCE Studio Arts (photography). My Studio Arts teacher was a huge inspiration for me, which helped to further study photography at RMIT which I graduated from in 2022.
What draws you specifically to live music photography?
I’ve always loved music so much. I remember going to my first concert when I was 9, thinking that it was the most amazing experience ever. The atmosphere, passion and talent that is displayed at every gig/concert no matter how big or small, is something that I find so incredible. Not to mention its incredibly exciting when its an artist you love.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
I would say the photography industry does have its challenges. Specifically live music photography. A lot of the time you do it out of the love for it. The experiences are incredible, but, when it comes to making money or getting your work out there it becomes quite competitive.
What’s been your favourite gig to photograph to date?
I think my favourite gig to photograph to date was Dirty Gwen at The Evelyn with Strawbz and Pretty Moi. They are good friends of mine and I feel like the intimate gigs are something so special. The atmosphere and not to mention their talent is unmatched. Supporting up and coming bands and artists is something that is very important to me.
Do you have a dream artist you’d love to photograph?
Tyler, the Creator is at the top of my list. I would love to one day shoot his concert and/or have him in the studio!
Who are other photographers who inspire or influence you?
Bronek Kozka. He was my lecturer at RMIT and never failed to inspire me each class.
He helped me figure out how to get started within the industry and introduced me to Michelle Grace Hunder who is another amazing photographer and mentor, who I’m currently assisting. She is one of a kind and I see her as one of the biggest influences in the industry.
Tell us the story behind your favourite picture!
After a year of shooting small gigs and building up my portfolio, out on a whim I applied to shoot one of my favourite artists at Margaret Court Arena through a small publication. I remember then forgetting about it. The day of, I got approved to shoot Steve Lacy. It was such a pinch me moment. All my hard work felt like it finally paid off.