'I could say that these pictures are about an obsessive Australian pastime. At the beach. Really, though, the concerns are simpler: an excuse, if one is needed, to work when light and space and attitude are open; where bodies and emotions are unveiled and made accessible; where the camera is given licence to divulge, yet does not intrude.' Fiona Hall 1986
This photograph was taken with a large-format camera, which produces fine detail and requires careful composition of the subject. Although such a process does not usually allow for spontaneity, Hall invests the images with a relaxed attitude and carefree spirit.
gelatin silver photograph
19.6 x 24.5 cm image; 20.3 x 25.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1987
Not on display
© Fiona Hall
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Fine and mostly sunny: photographs from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Sep 1991–01 Dec 1991
Celebrating Paradise - The artist and the Northern Beaches: 1890-2000, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly, 10 Dec 1999–30 Jan 2000
Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006
Referenced in 4 publications
Katherine Roberts, Celebrating Paradise - The artist and the Northern Beaches: 1890 to 2000, 'Light and life - artists of the Northern Beaches, 1950-2000', pg. 11-16, Manly, 1999, 15, 21.
Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers
Sandra Byron and Isobel Crombie, Twenty contemporary Australian photographers - from the Hallmark Cards Australian Photographic Collection, Melbourne, 1990, 42 (illus.).
Sandra Byron, Fine and Mostly Sunny: Photographs from the collection, Sydney, 1991. catalogue no: 56