Language of Oysters
Poems by Robert Adamson, photographs by Juno Gemes
Craftsman House / G+B Arts International 1997
With a Preface by Rodney Hall, and featuring the essay
A Juxtaposition of Essences by John Kinsella.
This book is a celebration. The images words and photographs
the charm, the hardship, the grind and the tenderness of life on the Hawkesbury
River. The achievement is remarkable, embracing tugliness ass essential
to beauty. This is a deeply reflective portrait of a river and the people who
live there free from sentimentality yet rich in affection.
As you will soon discover, Juno Gemes and Robert Adamson
offer us a privilege, taking us into their experience of the Hawkesbury and the
lives of oyster farmers and fishing families, complete with everyday struggles,
their world of tides, of contemplation and killing. Everything they show is shown
frankly, passionately. This is a rare book, a hymn to acceptance and understanding
where even the fleeting moments may expand, opening on a gamut of meanings from
the personal to the cosmic.
~ Rodney Hall, from the Preface
The Language of Oysters is available from Thames and Hudson (Australia);
please contact Peter Shaw or call +61
3 9646 7788.