Head Above Water is a body of photographic work by local artist Ben Bugden. It aims to document his relationship with the ocean as not only a lifelong companion, but also as a place of healing and reflection.
“Being born and raised in Byron, the ocean and the lifestyle surrounding it have been pivotal in shaping me as a person. In my imagery I want to capture a tactile, emotional and textural representation of my relationship with it.
As a surfer the ocean has always been my place of recreation, but it is also much more than that. For me it is my place to escape, reset and relax when anxiety, stress or grief visit.
Floating alone out there. Free. Silent. Just a head above water. It brings me a sense of peace and calm like no other. I’d love it if people are able connect with that through my work and feel it too. For me, creating these images is as much a form of self-administered therapy as it is photography.”
Watch the ocean for long enough and you’ll realise it’s a place that has as many complex nuances and moods as humans do. Darkness, light, peacefulness and rage, and within each there is beauty to be found.
About Ben Bugden
Lucky enough to be born and bred in Byron Bay – back when it was still possible to surf The Pass with a handful of friends and the road to Tallows was dirt.
Throughout Ben’s life the ocean and the lifestyle surrounding it have been pivotal in shaping him as a person and a photographer.
“This rings true in even my earliest memories. Sitting on the beach with Mum eating apricots; the shimmering surface and cool relief of the water the first time I stepped in; lying in the rain curled up in Dad’s board-bag under Pandanus Palms waiting for him to come in from the surf; the invigorating kiss of water droplets on a hot day; the feeling of a stressful day melting away with the embrace of the ocean.”
Ben holds degrees in both Graphic Design and Photoimaging. He currently shoots, writes and works as deputy editor for Tracks Magazine, and is also a creative guide for Vagabond Photographic.
Ben lives and works in Byron Bay, Australia.
Adam Brown captivates audiences with his unique vocal style and expressive guitar sounds. Widely hailed as one of Australia’s best Dobro slide guitarists, Brown’s gigs and recordings leave listeners feeling energized and musically sated.
Brown has honed his craft at venues across Australia – from festivals to pubs, clubs to private functions. Over the years, he has variously played solo and been joined on stage by his dynamic band “DIRTY CHANNEL”. He is also surrounded by an impressive calibre of musicians, having supported such luminous acts as Robben Ford, the Black Sorrows, Wendy Matthews, Yothu Yindi and the late Billy Thorpe. Brown has also played alongside Phil Emmanuel, wunderkind Joe Robinson and Jake Lardot. With a depth to his repertoire that demonstrates versatility and an impressive stylistic range, Brown has attracted a strong and loyal following that is sure to grow in coming years.
A collection of short action-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The Radical Reels Tour shows an entirely different set of films to those screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in May.
Designed to take you into the wilds and out of your comfort zone, the films feature daring footage of some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, wing-suit pilots, skiers, snowboarders and mountain bike riders alive today. Each action packed short has been hand-picked from more than 300 entries to the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival. The original and best mountain film festival.
The Radical Reels Tour offers up a second serving of award-winning adventurous films of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. This year, the Australian line-up showcases two and a half hours of short adventure films packed full of action. Filled with wild rides, long lines, steep jumps and skilful stunts, the films celebrate the camaraderie, courage and conviction of today’s most out-there adventurers.
Captivating cinematography, complete with stunning vistas shot from unbelievable vantage points, pays homage to the wild and rugged playgrounds today’s thrill-seekers explore with their mountain bikes, paddles, ropes, skis, snowboards and wing-suits in tow.
For detailed film program information CLICK HERE
5.00pm – Internet sales close
6.00pm – Venue doors open / Box Office sales open / Events Bar open
6.40pm – Theatre doors open
7.00pm – Radical Reels Tour 2018
8.30pm – Intermission
10.00pm – Event concludes
3 different styles to choose from… Salsa , Bachata & On2 .
Beginners start at 6pm
All welcome, no partner required. Just check the photo above for further details… — with Donna Mia,Reuben Barkley, Nick Herbert and 48 others at The Bowlo, Bangalow.
Lights Out & Boogie – No Lights No Lycra – HAS NOW MOVED to the downstairs room at “Byron Gym” (behind the Byron Bay Services Club at the south end of Jonson Street). So from now on it will still be Tuesday nights BUT we will start at 6.45pm till 7.45pm and the price will be $10 (sorry but $5 just won’t cover it anymore).
Just some directions to help you find us – drive through the car park at Byron Services Club and follow the car park as it heads to the left and you will see “Byron Gym” at the front of the old buttery factory building in front of you . Park, come in the main entrance to the Gym and go to the right of the reception desk and down the stairs. Hope to see you there soon .
Psychic or sceptic, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a man born under a full moon, on a Good Friday the 13th, must have ‘something‘ to answer for? Well Marshall Okell is certainly up to ‘something‘. As his timely arrival into the world set precedent, there’s certainly nothing ‘ordinary‘ about it.
Aptly named after two of music’s greatest rock/bluesmen (Jimi ‘Marshall’ Hendrix and Johnny ‘Dawson’ Winter) Marshall Dawson Okell was born on April 13th, 1979, into a Rock n Roll arena, with a guitar case for a crib.
Growing up on the NSW far North Coast, Marshall’s stomping ground embraced the pumping surfing scenes of Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Ballina, where he fostered a strong connection with his local environment and the community.
With years of playing now under his belt, Marshall has made a notable return to the music of his youth, combining his love for legendary Soul and Blues singers like Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Hat Fitz, Mavis Staples and Muddy Waters, with his undisguisable Hendrix, 70’s Woodstock sound.
The result is a deep, raw, honest, dirty blues sound that grabs you by the throat and then sooths you with a sweet honey tasting musical medicine. There are pure guts, sweat and emotion in his latest material that leave you exhausted and elated in their wake.