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This is one of the many promotional shots I took of my mate, Dean Benson. The photos are for his DJing career, which started a few years ago. Since then he has become one of Melbourne’s most talented and sought after progressive house and techno DJs. In the space of a few years, Dean has gone from small time gigs, to playing at Melbourne’s biggest and most recognised electronic music events. I have had the pleasure of following Dean’s career and watch him get bigger and better in the music scene, something that makes me very proud of him, and proud to be his friend.

I have known Dean for about 5 years now and it’s safe to say we are the best of mates, more like brothers. In that sense, this was one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my life, but also, probably the best one too. Being asked by someone so close to do something like this is a real honour! I enjoy the involvement and we work well together.

We didn’t end up using this series of photos for the end shots, but I thought it had a great mood to it, showing a man’s happy love of the music he plays to the crowd.

Dean currently plays regularly at Brown Alley and Miss Libertine as well as many other venues across Melbourne.

Please see Dean Benson’s Myspace for more details

Dean’s Promotional Mix, with another photo from the shoot

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 5 years ago

    a GREAT portrait!!!

  • Thanks very much Daisy!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 5 years ago

    Its a great portrait Andrew..

  • Thanks very much my friend!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • monaiman
    monaimanover 5 years ago

    Wonderful portrait !!

  • Thanks a lot, glad you like it :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...over 5 years ago

    Great title! Great shot! Great story! Well done Andrew for pushing yourself outside of your boundaries!!! Keep it up!!

  • Thank you Franco, really appreciate your encouragement and support mate! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    Great capture!! This has a real candid feel. I love it !!

  • Thanks so much Lorena, the moment was quite candid, he wasn’t supposed to be smiling, but I think it worked much better this way :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    great capture

  • Thanks very much Kathy!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...over 5 years ago

    Great shot – great story!

  • Thanks very much, both mean a great deal to me :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    AWESOME work Andrew! You both must be pleased with this…..wonderful portrait :)

  • Thanks so much Shelly! It definitely was a positive experience for both of us :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 5 years ago

    Hello Andrew,,this is a fun capture,, Dean seems alittle camera shy,, but stays quietly confident in his craft,,, I really love the monochrome & high key treatment,,, a good plug for Dean ,,,well done ,,,

    this one’s for Dean,,,

  • I can confirm, Dean is an extremely modest man. Doesn’t like attention, so this was a very different situation for him to be in! I think this really captures that modesty and the fun we had on the day doing it :) Hahaha, I can’t wait to show him his own emoticon! Thanks Maria!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 5 years ago

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWW…THIS IS A STUNNING Portrait! I’m speechless, Andrew…You are able to SPEAK through your shots! CONGRATS, mate! And…STRAIGHT TO THE FAVS! Love it and your art! Daniela

  • Thank you so much!! That’s a fantastic compliment Daniela. I’m really glad that it does speak enough to tell the story I want it to :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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