About SeaEscape
Martha's
83 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Tel. 99678299
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Martha’s is open for meals and viewing:
8.00am – 11.30am: Friday, Saturday & Sunday.                       12.00pm – 2.30pm: Monday, Wed to Sunday
From 5.30PM: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday.                                                                Closed on Tuesday.
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The sea quietens the turbulence of the soul. There is something mindful and soothing in the ebb and flow of the water, whether one is watching from the shore or immersing oneself more actively in the experience. And nowhere is this more true than in Australia, a country surrounded by water, where the sea is a large part of the national psyche.

I think of my photographs as ‘Extracts’ of the Sea. They may appear to be abstract but that is only in comparison to photographs in which the water appears textureless because of slow shutter speeds or frozen by high shutter speeds. It is these latter photographs that I regard as abstractions, though they are usually seen as reality in our screen-and-image-saturated world.  A photograph made in camera, as mine are, rather than being digitally created later, cannot be abstract according to Ansel Adams who chose to use the word ‘Extract’.

The camera technique I use has a long history. It was pioneered over a century ago by the Bragaglia brothers, who coined the term ‘Photodynamism’.  As Lyle Rexer puts it in The Edge Of Vision:
“… this approach overcame what they called the “rigor mortis” of the discrete image …the point was not to mimic reality but to unmask it, and only the paradox of an image that contained motion but did not stop time had the power to do that.”

I want my images to show what we truly see, what our minds interpret and how our emotions respond. I hope they resonate with viewers whose souls are nourished by the ocean wave.


Biography

Les’s photographs reflecting the spirit of the Australian beach and bush have received many awards including ‘highly honoured’ in the prestigious Windland Rice Smith International Awards run by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA in 2008: this image is published in their Nature’s Best Photography book which includes the top 100 photographs out of 20,000 entries. Les was the winner of the 2009 $6000 Murrurundi Photographic Prize. One of Les’s pictures was chosen for exhibition in the NSW Parliament in 2011 as a finalist in the NSW Plein Air Photographic competition.

His images were selected for exhibitions of the Australasian Nature Photographer of the Year collection at the South Australian Museum and inclusion in the Australasian Nature Photography Book published by the South Australian Museum and CSIRO in 2009, 2012 and 2015.  Over the past decade, Les has had seven solo and several group exhibitions. His work is held in collections in Australia, England, South Africa and North America.

He lives in Sydney, where his work is inspired by his family, the sea and the surrounding Australian bush.

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