Snapshots - 5

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Saturday 30 May 2009
Ron Brownson

In New Zealand, beaches, rivers and lakes have always been favourite places for our personal photography. The reason is simple - we want to relax at these places and spend time with our family and friends. Sport and exercise are central activities there. In the late 1930s and early 1950s there was a fashion for physical calisthenics. During the war years, and soon afterwards, such beach athletics were uncommon.

The three brothers here are performing the 'pyramid' exercise which could sometimes be three-persons high. Such beach gymnastics are never seen today.
On Sunday 7 June at 1pm I will talk about Snapshots - The Vernacular in New Zealand Photography in the Gallery's Art Lounge.