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Surf photographer John Witzig prisoner a budding competition in a 1960s

October 10th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Mr. Witzig amassed a collection of photos by swimming subsequent to surfing legends hoping to snap a ideal moment
  • He mostly swam subsequent to a surfers with a H2O camera and forked it as waves broke, anticipating for a best photo
  • The surfer village ‘was a small small universe during a time and roughly isolate. We were a bad boys,’ Mr Witzig said 

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Fascinating photos documenting a early days of surfing and a laid-back beach lifestyle have re-emerged, arrangement a golden epoch of a foe and usually how many a foe has grown and altered over a past 50 years.

Legendary roller photographer John Witzig spent years enthralled in a waters off a Australian seashore in a 1960s and 1970s, gnawing images of surfers as they glided along a waves and pennyless a amicable notice of a foe as a recognition soared.

The surfers were not usually Mr Witzig’s subjects yet his friends and when he wasn’t in a ocean, he photographed a bland loose lifestyle of a surfer. 

Nigel Coates (pictured surfing left) and  Murray Smith (pictured right) during Smiths Beach, WA, in 1972

Nigel Coates (pictured surfing left) and Murray Smith (pictured right) during Smiths Beach, WA, in 1972

Australian surfer  Mark Richards surfing during Haleiwa, on a North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, in 1976

Australian surfer Mark Richards surfing during Haleiwa, on a North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, in 1976

‘A lot of a cinema are friends of cave and they got used to me being there with a camera – we carried a camera with me many of a time,’ Mr Witzig said.

The surfer universe ‘was a small small universe during a time and roughly isolate. We were a bad boys and not good regarded by ubiquitous community,’ Mr Witzig laughed.

Mr Witzig, who co-founded Tracks repository and founded SeaNotes, was operative for several surfing magazines from a mid-1960s to 1980 when he prisoner conspicuous images of surfing legends like Bob McTavish, Wayne Lynch and Nat Young diving conduct initial into waves or frankly unresolved out with any other. 

Geof Walters (pictured) on a sandy lane that lead down to a rocks above  Angourie Beach, North NSW, in 1972

Geof Walters (pictured) on a sandy lane that lead down to a rocks above Angourie Beach, North NSW, in 1972

(Pictured from a left) Greg Hill, Greg Alla, John Robinson, Chris Young, Charlie Bartlett and ‘Little Charlie’ in 'a residence aged and ratty adequate to be rented to surfers during Torquay, Vic, in 1970' Mr Witzig said

(Pictured from a left) Greg Hill, Greg Alla, John Robinson, Chris Young, Charlie Bartlett and ‘Little Charlie’ in ‘a residence aged and ratty adequate to be rented to surfers during Torquay, Vic, in 1970’ Mr Witzig said

Spectators examination surfers from a cliffs surrounding Bells Beach, VIC, in a  mid-1970s

Spectators examination surfers from a cliffs surrounding Bells Beach, VIC, in a mid-1970s

The movement images of surfers in a H2O are richly-textured and intensely focused and are so tighten that a surfer’s facial expressions and a mist of a sea waves are clear.

Mr Witzig pronounced he was mostly swimming tighten by, infrequently reduction than a scale away, from his surfing friends with his H2O Nikonos camera when he would reason it out during arm’s length, indicate it in a right direction, fire while being incompetent to demeanour by a viewfinder and wish for a best.

‘The usually approach we could take photos with that camera during a time was to float and to get as tighten as we could,’ he said.

‘It was a bound 35 mm wide-angle lens that meant that all was unequivocally pointy and in concentration yet a waste was that we had to get unequivocally tighten differently it looked like we were perpetually away.’ 

Bob McTavish (pictured left) and Wayne Lynch (pictured right) during Possum Creek, nearby Byron Bay, NSW, in 1969

Bob McTavish (pictured left) and Wayne Lynch (pictured right) during Possum Creek, nearby Byron Bay, NSW, in 1969

Ted Spencer (pictured) surfing during a Bells Beach Championship hold each Easter during Bells Beach, VIC, in 1971

Ted Spencer (pictured) surfing during a Bells Beach Championship hold each Easter during Bells Beach, VIC, in 1971

Wayne Lynch (pictured) in Possum Creek, North NSW, in 1969

Wayne Lynch (pictured) in Possum Creek, North NSW, in 1969

With a technological advances 40 years later, surfing photography is streamer a universe of movement photography, Mr Witzig said.

‘It’s breath-taking. There has been such a change from my duration to now,’ he said.

‘The H2O photography now is some of a biggest sporting photography I’ve ever seen in my life.’

Mr Witzig pronounced he is not a fan of a parsimonious actions shots that are now probable since many of a cameras are automatic.

‘You couldn’t get that in my day, there was no autofocus. Exposure wasn’t automatic, we had to usually set it and hope,’ he said. 

Paul Witzig (pictured right), Mr Witzig's brother, and his eldest son, Ramy, during Cactus Beach, SA, in 1975

Paul Witzig (pictured right), Mr Witzig’s brother, and his eldest son, Ramy, during Cactus Beach, SA, in 1975

Mr Witzig and Mark Allon (pictured) trekked to a mangle north of a city  Ericiera, Portugal, in 1976

Mr Witzig and Mark Allon (pictured) trekked to a mangle north of a city Ericiera, Portugal, in 1976

(Pictured from left to right) Nigel Coates, John Witzig, Michael Fay, Brian Bariskill, Peter Ford and Abu a Wonder Dog after sharpened a wetsuit ad in a silt hills during Cactus Beach, SA, in 1971

(Pictured from left to right) Nigel Coates, John Witzig, Michael Fay, Brian Bariskill, Peter Ford and Abu a Wonder Dog after sharpened a wetsuit ad in a silt hills during Cactus Beach, SA, in 1971

The tighter movement shots aren’t as interesting, Mr. Witzig said.

“It’s a personal welfare yet we like to see some-more of a call and like to embody a landscape if probable with H2O shots and we could do that with a Nikonos,’ he said.

One of his favourite surfing shots is an picture he prisoner while swimming subsequent to surfers Nigel Coates and Murray Smith in Western Australia in 1972.

Mr Smith is seen smiling as his physique lofted by a H2O and a object hits his face and lights adult a hilly landscape behind him.

Mr Smith’s face expresses what it felt like to be in a H2O and a Nikonos was good during capturing a power of a surfer and a sum of a H2O and landscape, Mr Witzig said.

Mr Witzig (pictured left) and Nigel Coates (right) streamer to Western Australia on Christmas Day in 1970

Mr Witzig (pictured left) and Nigel Coates (right) streamer to Western Australia on Christmas Day in 1970

Expressive Bob McTavish (pictured left) during Palm Beach in Sydney in 1967. Wayne Lynch (pictured right) when he emerged from privacy to roller in a Coke Classic surfing foe in Sydney in 1978

Garth Murphy (pictured left) and Russell Hughes (right) during Mr Murphy's residence nearby Byron Bay, NSW, in 1970

Garth Murphy (pictured left) and Russell Hughes (right) during Mr Murphy’s residence nearby Byron Bay, NSW, in 1970

One of his all-time favourite photos yet is not a surfing picture yet a print of a organisation of surfers unresolved out in front of a residence since it shows a ‘world around surfing’ and captures a lifestyle not usually a sport, he said.

Before surfing became some-more renouned in a 1950s and 60s, those who wanted to roller assimilated a roller club, he said.

‘That was what people did, that was a socially obliged approach to go and we were really not a socially obliged type,’ Mr Witzig said.

He and his friends would transport and try a coastline, surfing during many opposite places along a way. 

A easy structure built Mr Witzig's hermit Paul Witzig during Cactus Beach on a Great Australian Bight, SA, that became a home for his family for some time

A easy structure built Mr Witzig’s hermit Paul Witzig during Cactus Beach on a Great Australian Bight, SA, that became a home for his family for some time

A camping belligerent was usually over a mountain from a good roller mangle of Margaret River, south of Perth, WA in 1971. The internal peppermint trees supposing shade and a runner of depressed leaves, Mr Witzig said

A camping belligerent was usually over a mountain from a good roller mangle of Margaret River, south of Perth, WA in 1971. The internal peppermint trees supposing shade and a runner of depressed leaves, Mr Witzig said

His iconic images documenting a budding recognition of surfing during that time continue to bond with a images’ subjects and a stability generations.

Mr Witzig pronounced he is ‘continually puzzled’ about how people from some-more new generations are means to bond with his photographs.

He recently approached a immature male in his 20s during a Arcadia vaunt when he saw him station there usually staring during a integrate of pictures.

‘I asked him because he was meddlesome in them and he pronounced ‘this is my dream, this is how we wish to live’,’ Mr Witzig said.

Mr Witzig’s distinguished photographs of a golden epoch of surfing are roving a nation in a new muster Arcadia: Sound of a Sea by a National Portrait Gallery.

Arcadia is on arrangement during a Tweed River Art Gallery, about 50km south-west of a Gold Coast, until Nov 15.

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Mr Witzig (pictured) in 1977 after being strike in a face by his camera in a H2O housing

Mr Witzig (pictured) in 1977 after being strike in a face by his camera in a H2O housing


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