Twelve Frames With Tom Wolff — The latest roll to come in the mail from Urth’s Twelve Frames project.
Tom Wolff | LENNOX HEAD
Tom Wolff is a photographer, writer and a lover and disciple of the great outdoors. He’s spent a mountain of time seeing what’s out there and spent a large chunk doing so on a pushbike. The big rolling waves and strong gentle hearts of Mexico entranced him and he wrote about that for us over here. Tom is living in Lennox Head, a perfectly sleepy surf town on the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia.
Tom spent a Sunday cruising across Lennox and grabbing frames with his role of Portra, and not surprisingly in these lands, the weather was beaut and his photos are salt-kissed and sunny-hued. The first surfboard Tom shaped, a White-bellied Sea Eagle and a delicate myriad of newly found light leaks.
No Twelve Frames are the same and you only get one roll. Sometimes they’re clean and pristine, sometimes there are traces of light peaking through. Every time though, it’s another unique viewing. A simple and gentle collection telling of Tom’s connection with the lands he walks across and the inhabitants he meets along the way.
Please enjoy Twelve Frames with Tom Wolff.
Home-town: Lennox Head
In your own words, what do you do?
I do a bit of everything and it seems to work pretty well for me. I write about stuff, take photos, make coffee, worked as a bushwalking guide in Tasmania and I’m now moving into outdoor education cause I think there ain’t much better than the outdoors for kids growing up.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve just been told I’ve got my first photo exhibition in the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina next year, so starting to think about that. I’m also toying with the idea of making a book based on the @isurfbecauseproject, which I’ve been doing for the last six months or so.
When did you shoot the roll?
I shot the roll last Sunday. It was my first day off for the week and the weather was particularly magical that day.
Where did you shoot the roll?
All around my hometown of Lennox Head
Take a frame at first light
Shoot your favourite tree
This baby only flowers for about two or three weeks of the year, and it’s always pretty cool when it comes out. Adds a bit of colour to our backyard.
Take a self-portrait outside
Shoot a space you feel creative in
Anywhere where I can see saltwater, but especially this little spot. I grew up learning how to surf here and even though Ballina Council put a big ugly steel rail all along the foreshore they still haven’t managed to ruin it. *touch wood*
Shoot the weather
So glad I’m not working today.
Photograph someone you love
Ramona and I have spent every day of the last eighteen months together and travelled almost 10,000 km. We had our hiccups and disagreements along the way, but we’ve managed to stay together.
Shoot a stranger
She nailed the jump-off
Shoot your backyard
Something that makes you happy
Cousin Dede. Style guru and all-round classic. And she definitely knows how to hold a room.
Shoot the contents of your bag
Well, I didn’t have a bag with me today, but this was in a surfboard bag. It’s the first board I’ve ever shaped and I love it. Just wanna make more now.
Shoot the last light
Shoot yourself before bed
A lot of Indigenous groups across the world have spiritual totems that relate to a certain animal or plant. I’m not an Aboriginal Australian, but there’s been a number of important events in my life that have coincided with me seeing a white-bellied sea eagle in flight. I guess it’s my spirit animal if that’s what you wanna call it. Every time I see one it reminds me how I’m part of something much bigger than the individual; something timeless.
I had a couple of shots left on the roll and late in the afternoon, this one cruised past me. I hadn’t seen one for a fair while. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide…
Thank you for reading Twelve Frames with Tom Wolff.