John Fish is a forward thinking creative studio that focuses on telling stories through traditional and new mediums.


Founded by Chris Conole, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff and James Hebblethwaite, John Fish has a concept-driven approach to create strong visual narratives for film, imagery and experiential light & installation pieces. Our desire is to create beautifully crafted work that captures people’s imaginations.







Kristian Laemmle-Ruff is a multi-disciplinary visual artist with a background in photographic and film-based media. He has a passion for storytelling with a focus on collaboration and cultural diversity.


Working across contemporary art, documentary and commercial fields, Kristian has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas. His work is part of permanent collections including the Queensland Centre for Photography and the State Library of Victoria and has been published widely including a recent feature in the New York Times. In 2014, he published his first photographic book ‘In the Folds of Hills’ with foreword by former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, which was a finalist in the Australian Photo-book of the Year Awards. Kristian’s latest exhibitions ‘Mind the Gap’ and ‘Woomera’ are touring nationally.





Chris is a creative based in Melbourne who has been working in various positions ranging from lead designer on major commercial projects for international clients to being invited to hold the position of Creative Director for a conceptually based independent fashion magazine. Having spent 10+ working in the industry, his experience encompasses a wide range of disciplines and has enabled him to finely focus his ability to problem solve and deliver engaging outcomes for clients and personal projects alike.


Chris has also worked extensively in motion design having completed various film projects including theatre trailers, music videos, experimental shorts and documentary style pieces as a director and film editor.




James Hebblethwaite holds a Bachelor of Arts (Recording & Technical Production) from Middlesex University as well as undertaken post graduate study in Lighting Engineering & Design. He has predominantly worked in the audio visual field & has over 15 years live event, exhibition, theatre & touring experience both locally and over-seas.


He has worked as head lighting designer for a number major touring exhibitions and has experience working on large-scale events internationally. James’s passion lies in conceptualising and executing creative ideas that push boundaries whilst utilising new technologies and techniques across a variety of mediums.


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