On Saturday 12 March, seven creatives spoke for seven minutes each on how the beach has inspired their practice. Complementing Martin Parr's Life's a Beach, the talks were designed to present a variety of photographic practices in a dynamic way. Each talk was delivered in the PechaKucha format of 20 slides in 20 seconds, with our speakers stepping up to the challenge and speaking passionately about the ocean, the people and their photographs to an audience of 124 people.
First up was seascape photographer Ray Collins. Ray delivered a poetic talk on his desire for overcast days when photographing the mountainous peaks of waves. Documentary photographer and ACP tutor, Marco Bok followed with a rare look at his collection of photographs from Bondi Beach in the 1990s, some of which have never been seen before. From teacher to student, recent Raffles Graduate Michaela Skovranova gave us a small glimpse into her success as a filmmaker and photographer with her extraordinary underwater photographs of people and marine life. Co-founders from popular Australian swimwear label We Are Handsome, Jeremy and Katinka Somers, shared the time and energy put into the delivery of one pair of swimmers. From concept to product, their process starts with a photograph and ends with a photograph. Adventure photographer and Frothers Gallery owner, Franck Gazzola, then took us from bikinis to scuba suits as we followed his journey from France to Australia, exploring beaches, oceans and what lies beneath. Our last speaker Simone Rosenbauer presented her photographic series Like Ice in the Sunshine. A colourful reminder of days spent at the beach in your youth, Simone's photographs of well known Australian Paddle Pops melting into their pastel backdrops spoke of time and memory, transporting audiences to a moment frozen in time.
Following the talks was music, drinks and Polaroids taken by live music photographer Maclay Heriot by the bar at the Bondi Pavilion. Thanks to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the event and like pictures below taken by Maclay.
A huge thank you to all our speakers; Ray Collins, Marco Bok, Michaela Skovranova, Jeremy Somers, Katinka Somers, Franck Gazzola and Simone Rosenbauer. This event was a success due to your creativity and generosity. Thank you to the Waverley Council for their support and Maclay Heriort and Sten Pittet (Bitemarks) for the entertainment.
About our presenters
International award-winning ocean photographer, Ray Collins' work has been featured by Vogue, Wired, New York Post, CNN, The Australian and many more. Having only bought his first camera in 2007, Collins is relatively new to photography, but his passion for his subject and his experience in the ocean have seen him capture the attention of companies such as Apple, Nikon, National Geographic, Qantas and Red Bull. Inspired by the relationship between water and light, Collins’ signature seascapes have earned him international acclaim receiving accolades such as 2015 Winner of Nikon’s Australian Surf Photo of the Year; First Place in 2015 American Aperture Awards' –Landscape/Seascape/Nature; and Finalist for the 2015 Smithsonian – Annual Photo Contest.
During the 1990s documentary photographer Marco Bok lived in Bondi. He found the beach a wonderful amphitheater flanked by cliffs carved by the ages. His photos celebrate the natural beauty, energy, sensuality and cultural diversity of this iconic beach. Bok will share stories and images from this body of work. A seasoned documentary photographer, with a degree in Photo-media and sociology, Bok is never without his camera. He has vast archive of work documenting street life and and urban living. Marco has exhibited extensively and has been teaching photography at ACP for over 25 years.
Sydney-based artist Simone Rosenbauer has recently returned from a trip to the United States after the success of her stand-out series Like Ice In The Sunshine. Like Ice In The Sunshine puts Australia’s colourful childhood memories of the sun, surf and sand front and centre in a series of playful images. Rosenbauer has won and been nominated for numerous national and international awards including the Josephine Ulrick & Winfried Schubert Photography Prize; Bowness Photography Prize; and the International Photography Award/IPA. Rosenbauer's recent exhibitions include Paris Photo Revisited at Laurence Miller Gallery, New York; Art Central at M Contemporary Gallery, Hong Kong; Paris Photo at Laurence Miller Gallery, Paris,France; and Considered at M Contemporary Gallery, Sydney.
Katinka and Jeremy Somers
Founders of internationally recognised Australian swimwear label, We Are Handsome, Katinka and Jeremy Somers will be presenting on their passion for fashion, the beach and photography. After launching We Are Handsome in 2009, the label’s imaginative prints and design gained instant worldwide attention with the brand becoming a favourite of locals and celebrities such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Doutzen and Diane Kruger. We Are Handsome's innovative use of photographic prints reflects the duo's creativity and passion for photography. Currently stocked in over 38 countries and 100% Australian made, We Are Handsome is an creative Australian success story.
Photographer & Filmmaker
Photographer and filmmaker Michaela Sko v ranova has taken the creative industry and Instagram by storm with her powerful underwater images. In 2015 Skovranova partnered with Olympus to document the lives of majestic humpback whales and since then has worked with The New York Times, Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and ABC. Since graduating from Raffles College, Sydney, Sko v ranova has received an number of accolades including 2015 Winner of Australian Life Prize; Honourable Mention in the 2015 International Photography Awards; and named one of Photoboite’s 2016 ’30 under 30’ Women Photographers.
A Nikon photographer, Franck Gazzola specialises in ocean and adventure photography and has featured in National Geographic, GEO, The Beast, Sunday/Daily Telegraph, and KiteMag. Gazzola shares his time between his advertising/commercial practice, and his personal passion for Adventure and Travel photography. His photography has taken him all over the world including the Arctic, documenting the icebergs and the unknown marine life from underwater with the French expedition ''Under The Pole’’ (from which a book was released in France: ‘’Immersion Polaire’’ – ‘’Polar Immersion''). Based in Sydney, Gazzola also owns and manages the Frothers Gallery (www.frothers.com.au), a window on Bondi’s beach and lifestyle. This local gallery also showcases and promotes ocean photography from a network of water-savvy photographers to global and local audiences of beach-lovers. The Frothers Gallery breathes where the ocean lives.
Images courtesy and © Maclay Heriot, 2016