The ocean, without orientation by shore or horizon, is a perennial shape shifter – a thing of constant flux – living, morphing, never repeating. Without context or bearing, the surface landscape of the sea becomes whatever the moment tells us it is – an abstraction of nature disjunct from its typical frame of reference. Art photographer Bartolomeo Celestino has been revisiting a particular spot on Sydney’s coast with his large-format camera and pointing its lens at the vastness below, day in, day out, for years. Each shot in the series that makes up Surface Phenomena – his first book and latest exhibition – tells the story of one of these singular moments, in one of these days, in the dynamic life of the Australian ocean. Surface Phenomena will run from July 6 to 26 at Sydney’s Olsen Irwin Gallery.
On creative maturation and losing inhibitions. Photographer Tim Swallow talks us through his new solo exhibition, We Live Today, launching at Paddington’s Deutscher and Hackett from the September 19-22.
Following NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement that Sydney’s lockout laws will be lifted across the CBD, we’re in the mood to dance. Here we round up some of our favourite end-of-night destinations in town, for when you’re not quite ready to call it a day.