Self Commissioned photography|Sydney Australia|Paul Foley|Lightmoods
15 imagesMerewether Surfboard Club, Portrait Collection- 2014. These portraits were photographed to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. Many were made as members left the water during the club’s monthly competitions while others simply turned up and looked into my lens. Surfing is inextricably linked to photography. So, to emphasise these parallel journeys, I have referenced both traditional silver based photography, originally made on glass or tin plates, as well as some of the contemporary Instagram looks that pay homage to these authentic processes. In my long ago younger days I was a member of the club. Time passes, life happens and eventually I moved from my home town. It was a sad coming together over Christmas 2013 that prompted the idea for this series. A good friend from those days had unexpectedly passed away much too early and the club’s many members gathered at Merewether Beach for Steve’s paddle out. It was beautifully sad and celebratory morning where a life was marked by so many footprints leading across the sand to Steve’s favourite body of water. Surfers old and young paddled out past the break. Those who couldn’t stood in clusters on the shore line watching the wide circle of friends splash their hands in the water as they offered Steve’s spirit to the sea. It was my fine tuned nostalgia that prompted the idea and with the club’s 50th anniversary coming up in 2014 it seemed like perfect timing. Much like Steve Mathews’ legendary tube riding. I hope you enjoy. Members can download a free, high quality, digital file for personal use by emailing Paul the file number (beginning with MSB) of their picture. Just use the contact link at the bottom of the menu list on the LHS of the page. Signed, museum quality prints are also available.
14 imagesMoments from my last stay in NYC - October 2013
13 imagesAustralia's Ocean Baths were originally built to safely wet and cool the citizens on hot summer days. Today, along with the ebbing edges of the Pacific Ocean, they hold memories and remnants of past living and lives. Coastal pools like these at Newcastle, Merewether, Kiama and Gerringong are spread along the East Coast of Australia. They are often nostalgic places - especially in times of special light. Worn, whitewashed steps have seen the same feet skip and later shuffle, growing from tiny & soft to gnarled and wide. Parents, holding small, excited hands, have nurtured the tentative steps of offspring beginning their own memories. These places are community - gatherings of clans and friends. For such a visual feast 'the baths' are just as sensory with closed eyes. Squeals of fun, the slap of bare feet on wet concrete, the crashing of waves and the squarks of seagulls picture the story of the Australian coast indelibly on the mind. Ocean Baths are very familiar to my camera and sometimes when I visit it's enough for me to sit with eyes closed and let the sounds and scents refresh those slideshows in my mind. Paul Foley