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Ian Rilen was a legendary Sydney rock and roller and a member of bands such as Rose Tattoo, X and Sardine V. He died earlier this year and is much missed for his wild and wonderful ways.

I found this candid back stage shot of him and his then wife Stephanie preparing to go onstage at the Trade Union Club in Sydney’s Surry Hills way way back in the early 80’s. They were in Sardine V at that time and when I look at this shot now the eighties rush back. Oh my misspent youth. :)

So Vale Ian Rilen, I so hope things are rocking were ever you are. This shot is for you.


  • googa
    googaabout 7 years ago

    Bloody awesome mate well done !

  • ozjami
    ozjamiabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic image…long live Ian!

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorabout 7 years ago

    yes what a guy. wired, wild and wonderful.

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovabout 7 years ago

    there’s a whole lot of tension in this wonderful. hues are really special.

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorabout 7 years ago

    Thanks SNik yes he looks really pensive to me like he’s communicating with his inner self here. 5 minutes to showtime to a crowd already calling for him to come out.

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...about 7 years ago

    Fantastic – talk about seizing the photographic moment with both hands. This is not just an excellent character portrait (with his pensive self-gaze and the move into his stage persona that you can see in his hand ready to pluck the guitar), but an insightful relationship moment (with his partner seeming to be looking at him looking at himself, moving into her own persona via the cigarette in hand). So many layers to this and the blown-out highlights draw your eyes straight to the guitar and their faces. LOVE IT.

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorabout 7 years ago

    hey thanks Geoff. its an old photograph and has never see the light of day since I shoot way back then. I’m glad you guys like it.

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago


  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorabout 7 years ago

    thanks anatanas mr perfect :)

  • Ange
    Angeabout 7 years ago

    very cool rockn shot juilee

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