Country soul

John WITZIG

Accession number 2015_03
Artwork title Country soul
Date of work 1969
Credit Line / Acquisition Information Gift of John Witzig 2015
Display Height / Width 450cm x 450cm
Subject Lismore and Surrounds
Artwork Statement

This looks like it’s an art directed shot, but it’s not. I was staying with friends in a small farmhouse on a dairy property at the base of the escarpment immediately inland from Byron Bay. We’d been to a local market and piled everything on the kitchen table when we got back.
I was working for a surfing magazine, seemed always to be carrying a camera, and simply recorded the scene. This photograph, more than any other that I saw, epitomised the country soul period in Australian surfing… a movement to leave the cities for the relative simplicity of living around the small towns scattered along the coast.

Credit Line / Acquisition Information Gift of John Witzig 2015

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