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 photographic artist based in Melbourne. Having recently expanded his practice to include moving image, sound and installation his focus is to create socially engaging work that connects audience with narrative.
Working across fine 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. 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 exhibition ‘Mind the Gap’ is currently 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 theater trailers, music videos, experimental shorts and documentary style pieces as a creative writer, director and a film editor.
James holds a Bachelor of Arts (Recording & Technical Production) from Middlesex University and has undertaken post graduate study in Lighting Engineering & Design. He predominantly works in the audio visual field & has over 10 years live event, exhibition, theatre & touring experience both locally and internationally.
He has undertaken lighting design projects for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, The State Library of Victoria & numerous other independent clients. With a passion for creative lighting & audio design, he is interested in exploring new ways to present sonic & visual ideas through installation and performance.