14 JUNE - 2 JULY 2011
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Fogden seemingly achieves the impossibility of blurring the lines
between the painted image and the photograph. His latest body of work,
titled simply Bronte Pool, is an entirely ethereal exploration of the
delicate interaction between human’s and their natural environment.
Bronte pool is one of the last remaining ‘wave pools,’ in the Sydney
area and hence is a beautiful showcase of the ability of nature to
weather and mold the world in which we live. Locals flock to the spot to
swim in the seemingly unadulterated water; a far cry from the heated,
chlorinated and sterile pools of the various gyms and aquatic centers
around the city.
Fogden’s images frequently include these locals within the landscape
however their presence is dominated by the power and beauty of the
surrounding water. The shoreline and surf is something that Australian’s
are taught to not only respect but revere from an early age. The
ocean’s splendor is matched only by its danger and again the reverence
that is instilled in us, goes hand in hand with our submission to the
possibility of its destructive capabilities. The Bronte pool stands as a
small capsule of this tamed force of the ocean and allows those
willing, to experience it briefly and calmly.
For anyone who has fallen in love with the waters of the East coast,
nothing can ever replicate the beauty of that encounter. Wayne Fogden’s
photography however is possibly the closest one can get to encapsulating