Beneath the Surface – Preview

With just 9 days to go before my exhibition opens I thought I might do a preview for those that wont be able to see the images in situ at The Barratt Galleries

This image was taken way back in the summer of 2005 in Newquay. My wife and I had joined the fledgling St Agnes Gig Club and we rowed and raced out of Newquay Harbour several times a week. The protection afforded by the granite harbour walls meant that we could launch the gig at high tide, sneaking out behind the breakers. As the tide dropped, fishing boats moored in the harbour would be left high and dry and this image is of one such boat.

Although this is not the earliest image in the collection it is the one that concentrated my mind and and formed the idea of a project focusing on the hulls of boats. I’ve always been been drawn to texture in images, I like geometric lines too,  and this image combines both. I had it printed on canvas and it hung in our hallway in St Agnes for several years. Many people commented on it and all were surprised to hear it was a photograph. I was intrigued that I’d managed to make a photograph that looked like a painting …… the opposite of photo-realism in painting. The complex “brushwork” had been caused by countless fishing nets and lobster pots being hauled aboard, denuding the paint on the hull’s surface and polishing the stainless steel strip near the top. The resulting image was a narrative of the working life of the boat.

I had found my first “found painting”

More images from the exhibition can be seen on my website at

About MikeGreenslade

Mike is CEO of ShelterBox Australia, a ShelterBox Response Team member and photographer, based in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
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