Huge thanks to Channel Ten News, Tim Bailey and the crew
Come along to the launch of John Ogden’s latest book…
Manly Art Gallery
26 November 2011
To be launched by Jack Thompson and Jeff McMullen
Saltwater People of the Broken Bays explores the incredible history and natural beauty of the coastline between North Head and Barrenjoey. The scalloped beaches found here were home to the coastal clans of the Eora people for at least 20,000 years before the arrival of Europeans. Their water skills and ability in the surf underscore the northern beaches as the birthplace of Australian beach culture, where beach bathing, body surfing, surf life saving and board-riding all began in this country. But it is not just surfers who are drawn to the surf zone, that ever changing interface between ocean and shore that can in turn be calming, thrilling, or threatening. Poets, artists, photographers, architects, and dreamers are inspired by the beauty and drama of this coastline.
John Ogden is a photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, writer and artist based in Avalon, Sydney. Ogden’s career began in Southeast Asia during the last days of the Vietnam War, later extending his practice to cinematography in multiple genres of filmmaking. His photographs are often direct yet quietly subversive, choosing not to shy away from political commentary, provocation or occasional dark humour.
John Ogden started Cyclops Press and published his first book Australienation in 2000. Through Ogden’s black and white humanist photography Australienation explores the reconciliation process between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and the various tribes and many races that subsequently settled in this Great Southern Land. An equally emotive record of the first Australians, Portraits from a Land Without People, published in 2009, is an anthology of photography that is now acknowledged as the most comprehensive pictorial history honouring Aboriginal culture yet produced.
Students, teachers and elders from Elcho Island at Surf City, Museum of Sydney, November 2011, photo Inara Walden
Got a note today from Inara Walden at the Museum of Sydney about [in her words] … a visit from 28 teenagers from Elcho Island (off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Arafura Sea, where Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and the Chooky dancers are from). The group are visiting Sydney for 5 days on a special tour with their teachers and elders. The majority of the group have never left the island before. For many of the students English is a 2nd or 3rd language (in fact there are 22 different dialects used in the community), but this didn’t daunt our professional MOS Guides who managed to adapt their delivery and fully engage the students who seemed enthralled and interested in absolutely everything. Highlights for the students were the story of Bennelong and Governor Phillip’s spearing, the Michael Riley video ‘Eora’ in Gadigal Place, and touch screens in Surf City. The cardboard surfer craft activity also went down a treat.
Students from Elcho Island, getting radical at Surf City, Museum of Sydney, November 2011, photo Inara Walden
Students from Elcho Island, in the curl at Surf City, Museum of Sydney, November 2011, photo Inara Walden
Early 60s ‘Surf City’ cloth patch from Mick’s amazing collection. Photo Peter Burne.
You probably won’t find this badge but there’ll be plenty of other surf culture treasures under the hammer at Mick Mock’s next auction, taking place as usual, at the Harbord Diggers, Sydney.
Viewing Saturday 26 November 2011 from 3 to 5pm
Auction Sunday 27 November 2011 kicks off at 10.30am
Mark Richards (left) and Mark Warren on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii around 1975, screen grabbed from the 2009 film Bustin Down The Door
Good turnout yesterday to the launch of Phil Jarratt’s latest book Australia’s Hottest 100 Surfing Legends at the Museum Of Sydney, with comperes Phil Jarratt and Shane Stedman leading a jovial Q&A session with a panel of local ‘big hitters’ and stirrers including Simon Anderson, Mark Richards, Bruce Raymond, Mark Warren and Terry Fitzgerald. Great tales of ‘making do’ in mid 70s Hawaii, insights on board building and the future of a local industry, smuggled coke in surfboard fins and Simon Anderson’s questionable TV viewing and dietary habits.
It was great fun talking to Fenella Kernebone recently at the Museum of Sydney, for this Art Nation article. Fenella also caught up Dorothy Vigden (De Rooy), Marilyn Birmingham (Bennett), Terry Fitzgerald and Martyn Worthington.
SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2011
Museum of Sydney
Cnr Bridge and Phillip Street Sydney
Surf writer, former Tracks and Australian Surfer’s Journal editor, Noosa Surfing Festival organiser and surf culture stirrer Phil Jarratt is launching this cracker book on Australian surfing legends at the Museum of Sydney next Sunday. Join Phil and a line up of surf icons and champions including Shane Stedman and Mark Richards for an afternoon of yarns and personal observations, pick up a signed copy of the book and, if you haven’t done it already, check out the exhibition.
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Matt Holle forwarded me a note from Bruce De Graaf regarding… a movie that a couple of mates of mine set up in the late 70’s…it was all super 8 which they adapted and threw onto Youtube – it takes me back. All of these guys surfed with me at Long Reef and skateboarded around the local schools when there was no surf. One mate’s wife sang the backing for it.
According to youtube … Original 8mm footage from the late 1970s at Long Reef on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, surf, skate, motorbikes and stilts! Footage re-used courtesy Murray Ingersole and Dave Seymour. Screened at 2010 New York Surf Film Festival [http://www.nysff.com/]. Beach Boys cover and original song Sweet Dreams performed by Rosie and The Thorns [http://www.rosieandthethorns.com].
Big thanks to Bruce and Matt.
Weary and waterlogged labrador ‘Hannibal’ rescued in the Bondi soup by Ross Kelly, 1966, photo Bill Moseley, courtesy Marilyn Moseley.
Adding to the aquatic Labrador theme, Marilyn Moseley sent in this photo taken by her dad Bill Moseley in 1966 and the Sun Herald news article it appeared in. The surfer Ross Kelly, by the way, was instrumental in setting up the ‘Australian Surfriders Association’ back in 1963.
Sun Herald 8 May 1966 page 5, clipped into album by Marilyn Moseley