INTERVIEW

READ: GREAT MACKEREL BY TIM ASHTON 

Australian fashion photographer and M+E collaborator, Tim Ashton has released a book. Titled Great Mackerel, it’s a visual masterpiece and eternal narrative led by a beautiful woman’s journey through space and time. Each turn of the page allows a deeper dive into that holiday feeling, escapism, freedom … sensations currently lost yet found within the hardcover of this timeless first and last edition.We chat with Tim on the sleepy town of Great Mackerel, film, favourites and lobster bisque..

M+E: You’ve released a book! What inspired the release – what do you hope it achieves/brings to the world?

TA: I only ever really intended this to be a personal project with some friends. After coming home from the trip (to Great Mackerel) I had the film processed and found about 100 images I couldn’t let go of. So, I thought “this could be a book”.

When I was starting out in photography, I used to LOVE finding printed campaigns by cool brands. They used to make little book projects out of them … but all that seems to have disappeared nowadays. I want people to hold the images in their hands again and just enjoy something that’s made with love.

M+E: Tell us about the title and how it represents the image series within?

TA: Great Mackerel (GM) is a quiet little location with a population of about 40. Not 4000, 40. It’s a little huddle of homes on the edge of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is only accessible by ferry. There’s no shops, cafes or even police … just a tiny forestation and a collection of holiday homes on the beach.

“There’s a blissful feeling being alone swimming through crystal clear water. I think it's nostalgic and easily relatable for everyone. Times around water and the beach usually signify holidays and a feeling like time is irrelevant.”

M+E: There is a continuous narrative throughout the pages – what does this storyline mean/symbolise to you?

TA: The loose narrative of the images is about a girl’s experience around life by the water and the sleepy community of GM. It’s purely emotive with no real start or finish … just an expression of what it’s like when a beautiful woman moves slowly through time in a beautiful place.

M+E: Favourite image within the book and why?

TA: My favourite image at this current moment is a shot of Danz (model) diving through the water while I’m above, on the jetty looking down. I think it sums up the whole book. There’s a blissful feeling being alone swimming through crystal clear water. I think it’s nostalgic and easily relatable for everyone. Times around water and the beach usually signify holidays and a feeling like time is irrelevant.

M+E: Will we see more from Great Mackerel?

TA: No …I think this is just a one off event. I’d like to continue making books but I want this to remain a unique location – an experience never to be repeated.

M+E: Album/artist on repeat?

TA: Leon Bridges new album Gold-Diggers Sound.

M+E: You’re a keen cook. What’s currently on high rotation at your house?

TA: After a recent dive where I caught a crayfish, two abalone and an octopus, I made a lobster bisque from the crayfish and use that to flavour pasta … incredible!

 

Limited editions remain. Purchase yours, here.

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