Brook Mckeon: an extended summer
shot by brook mckeon
I met Brook Mckeon about 2 years ago in Melbourne, and since then he’s been one of the most influential people in Pure Nowhere’s journey. Regardless, the guy basically lives on the beach, shooting dozens of rolls of film all soaked in Australian sun and salt. And when he’s not by the ocean, he’s at a local show, shooting with the same careful carelessness that comes from growing up on the east coast. He moves between the ocean and the stage perfectly, which is partly the theme of his upcoming exhibition, but in celebration of the last few warm days of the year he sent us over a summer surf diary of sorts.
“I guess its been an extended summer… so I've been shooting these up until last weekend. But, this is pretty much my journal of summer. All the pics are in Victoria and have something to do with surfing, but I was also trying to make a bit of a documentation of what these locations were like in the summer of 2018/19, as the changing world is making the sharing of locations easier and we’re seeing special locations flocked to like never before. I think there used to be something special about finding a new location through a friend... and sharing your spots with them, in person. There used to be layers... everyone knew the spot with the 200 capacity car park, fewer people knew the other spots, and only the locals and special guests knew the secret spots. As those layers become less relevant I don't want to mourn the loss, just wanted to photograph some of the lesser known spots in their still-kinda-relatively-uncrowded existence in 2018/19.”