Last year I had a photo selected as a runner-up in the Head On Portrait prize.
It was shown as part of a slide-show in the exhibition which ran at the Museum of Sydney. I took my girls along to view it when we were still staying in town at the end of fashion week. Feels like such a long time ago now, particularly as I lost Dad just a few months ago.
Normally today I would be sharing an ANZAC photo of him, perhaps marching, or a portrait I have of him. I did share some on my Running Under the Sprinkler Facebook page from an album of his that are worth a look.
Anyway, finally sharing the photo here now. "Dad has always loved the beach - sunbaking and bodysurfing. One of his favourite mottos is, in fact, "Nothing a day on the beach wouldn't fix". Despite his age (98 next month), when he is in the water he is almost as agile as a teenager, though lately it is harder for him to traverse the sand to get to the waves, so he will go for a swim in the pool instead.
I took this photo of him last year, in the pool at his village, because I wanted some photos of my awesome Dad swimming. His surprising level of fitness and good health is contrasted by the unforgiving nature of underwater, and the way it shrink-wraps the skin showing his cardiac monitor, and his age." I absolutely suck at writing artist's statements, in case the above didn't give it away :) In contrast with the full-bodied, emotive, symbolic, truly juicy writing that accompanied the other entrants in the Head On festival, mine sat as a laughable juxtaposition to the fact I have been paid to write published articles on many occasions.
Makes me smile.
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