Fishing stories, ocean stories and farming stories… love them all. To me they are a big part of our beautiful country, and always such a pleasure to photograph. I was fortunate enough to visit Endeavour Oysters and be welcomed by the great people there. My favourite image has been with held for a portrait exhibition…fingers crossed, that it gets accepted.
A little explanation for some of the pictures…Where Keith is holding his finger up…he has a baby oyster on his finger. The name of this is ‘Spat’, which is a larval oyster, and these are bred or cultured in the tanks that you see behind him. The lump of what looks like sand, next to him is about $10,000 (cost) of baby oysters. At maturity, the oyster sale value is somewhat different, as you would imagine. During the growth process, the fresh sea water is pumped up over the spat, and the oysters feed and grow. As they grow the fine material that the oyster sits on is washed and they are changed to a different graded material, until they are large enough to be put on trays and taken out to sea. At some stage of the oysters life at sea the male oyster lets off his milky substance from which the females fertilise. Apparently, when this happens the sea water looks really milky and the bream and other fish roll around on their backs loving life, like they have had some sort of love drug.Would love to see it and photograph it, hopefully one day. Anyway, the oyster gets pretty tricky, they can change from male to female too. Amongst this, the oyster is under threat from winter mortality and QX or the ‘poms” virus (Pacific Oyster for QX and winter mortality, and Sydney Rock for winter mortality). Research is undertaken between the oyster farm, the fisheries and university institutions to combat these issues, so its a huge subject and project. The ‘poms’ virus does not harm humans, don’t let it put you off of eating yummy oysters, but it does kill the oyster muscle and has had devastating effects around the world. Actually the image that I have not published, (for the portrait comp) is of Reg. Reg grew oysters up at the Hawksbury River, his lease was beautiful on the Friday and dead on the Monday. Since this, he moved to Sydney and now works at this Woolooware Bay Farm. The Poms Virus first attacked the oysters in France in 2008 (?), and extensive research has taken place, mainly here in Sydney I believe, and I was fortunate enough to meet some of these great people here testing and researching the oysters. A really amazing researcher/ scientist , Mike, grew/ cultured the spat above. Through out the life of the oyster, the tides are constantly watched, trays are moved around and there is also extensive water testing and other quality procedures. If you take a look there is always something happening, you don’t just leave an oyster in the water.
The premises are another amazing feature, apparently some of puberty blues and also the oyster farmer was shot here. I can see why, it has a real, ocean and earthy, beach, shack feel.
So thank-you so much to Endeavour Oysters and the fisheries department for a wonderful and informative experience. All the best with keeping such an amazing industry so strong.
This doesn’t really go in the series, but it was taken at the farm too, I like it, thanks Reg for being a great model.
The people shots from the oyster farm are yet too come, but here are a few more of the lovely textures and sights that you can find here.
I have been taking images around the beautiful Woolooware Bay, right up to Kurnell, and this may become an ongoing venture. A really big thank-you to Keith, Bob, and team at Endeavour Oysters. What a beautiful life they live around the ocean and their oysters are the best Ive ever tasted. Endeavour Oysters do amazing work in the oyster area including research and trials and really have a huge influence on keeping such an iconic industry alive and well. The grounds in which they work have such an interesting history, that Im sure you will be able to see from the images above. The canoe is from a nearby mangrove area, but most images are taken at the oyster farm. Whilst these images are sort of textures and ocean moments, the next that Im editing will be in a photo-journalistic style.
:Flash as fill, 6 images that tell a story. Establishing, close, and medium shots. The trip was to Towra, with my family…here are some more pics, equally as important, but didn’t make the final cut. We had no good bites in the shallows of Towra, whilst sheltering from the winds. Actually we didnt have much fishing luck all day, but great to get out, all the same.
Such a shame to see so much rubbish on the shore of Towra, but as this part of the beach can only really be entered by boat, it doesnt seem to really get looked after. I suppose most of the rubbish comes from careless boat people and littering from people on the other side of the bay.
In camera multiple exposures with a photoshop gradient. Images taken last Thursday morning. Thank-you to George the fisherman.
Yes, I did have a bath this morning, I’ve just had a great afternoon, with Cherry the dog.
Busted jumping the fence to get the balls back.