Sometimes you literally just stumble on a story that needs telling. Call it a case of right place, right time.

Hugs & Kisses is the name of the infamous Melbourne Club typically located in one of the city’s famous laneways. The club was a celebration of everything that is exciting and positive about Melbourne’s underground club scene: an intersection of fashion, identity, music, performance and design merging mostly on the dance floor of the tiny cavernous space. Add to the chaos the Royal Order of Antediluvian Buffaloes – an ancient and mostly secret men’s group who somehow managed to facilitate  one of the craziest and inclusive clubs in Melbourne’s rich cultural history –  and you have yourself one hell of a story.

As a result of the grand old building being sold, Hugs opened its doors for one final party on January 18, 2019. I was asked by my friends at CURATED CONTENT if I might be interested in coming along to shoot some stills for what they termed their  passion project. They would be filming some scenes for HUGS & KISSES : THE MOVIE.  and suggested it might be worth while getting some stills of the final night. My answer was a resounding yes and what was a loose photography brief turned into a night of intimate portraits of Hugs & Kisses expressed through its diverse and colourful punters. A truly memorable evening.

We are currently in the process of bringing these images to life through an Exhibition/Re-union and possibly a book.

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