║ Sydney Rock Pools Project
09 October 2013
The Sydney Rock Pools Project
Sydney\'s coastline and harbour is home to a series of beautiful pools that have been cut into the base of cliffs and rocky headlands. Nearly every beach in Sydney has one pool, usually at the southern end, to give swimmers some protection when the southerly blows. Each pool has its own colorful history and interesting anecdotes. Some were built by wealthy individuals in the 1800s, when daytime swimming was banned at the beach (a concept hard to understand in a country where going to the beach seems to be mandatory). Others were built by convicts during the Depression. They come in all shapes and sizes. They are all beautiful.
I have been working on this project for a long time but more intensively for the last few months and I am now nearly ready to start putting it all together in a book and eventually an exhibition.
Without any doubt, my passion for both swimming and photography was the catalyst for this project. It has been hard work and if I did not love swimming as much as I love photography, this would have been an impossible task.
These will probably be undertaken in two volumes, one covering the rockpools north of the harbour bridge and another one covering the rockpools south of the bridge. As well as all ocean rock pools in the Northern Beaches, the Eastern Suburbs and Cronulla, I will photograph all of the harbour pools from from the land and from the air. There are around 57 pools or more, I am yet to find out the exact number!
Are Sydney Rock Pools Safe ?
- In 1996 a pod of about 15 dolphins jumped into Bronte\'s Bogey Hole and rode the waves;
- In 2001 a man swimming in the Bronte Bogey Hole was bitten by a gummy shark that had to be cut from his arm. He took the shark with him to hospital and later home to eat;
- In July 2008, a 1 meter shark was found in Cronulla Baths due to a big overnight tide. Lifesavers said that that was the first time that a shark had been in the baths;
- In Avalon rockpool, a 1.5 meter bronze whaler baby shark was discovered in April 2011 cruising around the pool. Workers from Pittwater Council drained the pool before releasing it into the ocean;
- In August 2012 a dead humpback whale was found washed up in Newport rockpool.
I have done quite a bit of historical research into each of the rockpools and there will be a few interesting anecdotes like this in the book.
I have finally launched the second stage of my website. If you want to have a look you can click on my logo below, any feedback would be much appreciated. Soon I will add articles and post-processing tutorials as well as photographs of Patagonia and more Sydney rock pools. Thanks to Milk Digital for putting the site together. They have done a great job and have accomodated all the requests of a very demanding photographer !
My aim is to have the first volume (or perharps both volumes combined in one book) printed by June next year.