Juno Gemes




The Language of Oysters coverThe 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.