the light moods
of newcastle & merewether ocean baths
by paul foley - 18x18cm and ipad ebook
About the Book
This is the 18cm x 18cm version of 'the light moods'. It is available in three styles as well as an ebook download.
Australia'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 are spread along the East Coast of Australia. They are often nostalgic places - especially in times of special light. Early mornings; warm, soft dusks; bright, hot afternoons and cold, weather-beaten nights.
The Newcastle and Merewether Ocean Baths are very familiar to my camera. I've made images for long enough to know many of the rules of my craft. It's that knowledge that helps me break a few of them from time to time.
With these pictures I used an unusual lens arrangement and techniques to selectively blur and emphasise. I hoped to find pictures that suited memories of special places. Perhaps a little embellished, with some 'facts' less defined but always a steady centre of truth - even as time separates now from then.