Maritime men leave lega- sea
TASMANIAN photographer and writer Andrew Wilson has chosen a great cover photograph for this visual anthem to the men who make and sail boats in the cold waters that surround our island.
The internal cohesion in the work is provided by the sometimes raw and powerful, sometimes ethereal and lonely black and white photographs. They are superb. Collectively, the warriors, seascapes, famous and infamous maritime locations, and the carefully chosen text create a nostalgic mood of awe and respect.
On closer inspection, it is the hands and faces that tell a more personal story of hardship and endurance.
They are the indelible battle scars of countless confrontations with the elements.
The raw power of the sea can be truly terrifying.
Only those with fierce courage or foolhardiness embrace it – even more so in the Roaring Forties’ latitudes, where the wild winds blow and surging seas roll, unhindered by landmasses around the globe.
There are also some quiet and beautiful sanctuaries where there is time and space to reflect and recover. Many are captured here.
I am anxious that the great names of Tasmanian maritime history may be lost, but this book is reassuring.
Their stories are integral to this island state’s identity. Thankfully, many are included here.
Men such as Bern Cuthbertson, Terry Bragg, Don Garnham, Mike Webb, Gary Hamer, Noel Hall, Noel Wilson, Pete Heading and Snowy Morrison.
There are many others but they are a diminishing generation and I am fearful they may be overwhelmed by the forces of money, machines and modern technological gadgetry.
This is a wonderful book to peruse, reflect and enjoy its precious moments of passion and pride.
Premier Lara Giddings will launch the book at the Tall Ships Festival today from 1.30pm.
During the festival, Wilson will be selling his book for the special price of $ 45 to Tall Ship Passport holders.