Missing The Summer Vibes Already…

Hi Frothers !

I am missing Summer and the Bondi Beach vibes already.

I am sorry for the lack of news and consistency with the up-dates lately, but the weather conditions have also been pretty poor (today is finally looking a little more like a Summer day, with 2 to 3 foot waves to ride), and we needed to make some adjustments at the Frothers Gallery in order to allow for my upcoming travels to the North Pole.

Yes. To the North Pole. For 2 months, joining the Team of the expedition of Under The Pole for a once in a lifetime photographic assignment. Now you understand why I am gonna miss Summer and the Bondi Beach vibes…Outside temperature: between -20 to -40 degrees. Inside the boat (my base camp on the sea ice): -5 to zero. In the water (under the ice): -2 degrees. I am going to be the most tanned person in the whole of Greenland when I arrive there, that’s for sure!

Some people have asked me ”how will you get there?”: well, I’ll be flying out from Copenhagen. After 2 flights, I’ll then take a chopper to the last village. There, a Inuit guide will be waiting for me with a sled and his dogs, in order to cross the sea ice and get to base camp. Just getting there is going to be an amazing adventure. And I’m not even talking about the diving part…

I am stoked that I can count on great partners: GoPro, to get the best footage possible, in and out of the water. The Dive Center Bondi, for all the support and training. And last but not least Patagonia, to keep me warm in the toughest of the toughest environments.

What about the up-dates ? Well, we are going to keep you entertained with great images. We are just going to be forced to temporarily reduce the frequency a bit to 2 times per week for the time being. The beauty is that we’ll be surprising you. You won’t know where the next up-date will be coming from: North Coast ? Central Coast ? Greenland ? Peru ? Fiji ?

What about the Gallery? Can we still purchase frames, prints & all other artworks? Of course ! No change there. Cally Sheehan will be running the show from Bondi. You can hit her up on info@frothers.com.au or on +61 (0)401 311 128. She will be managing all requests, orders and questions you may have. If you are interested in advertising on the Frothers website, Cally will coordinate that too. Easy.

D-day -2 for me to take the big white metal bird with a red Kangaroo on the tail. Wish me luck.

Have a great day.

Franck

PS: for more regular up-dates from the Arctic, hit me up on Instagram.

instagram: @franckgazzola / @frothersgallery

Concrete Wave

Hi Frothers !

The Bowl-A-Rama is just ’round the corner, and the Bondi concrete wave has some serious sliders right now. I went down for a pre-dinner surf check. ”Darling, I’ll going for a quick surf-check” ”Alright, but dinner is almost ready…”. ”I’ll be back in 5. I promise!”.

The surf did not get my attention, driving down Campbell Parade, but the crowd down at the skate-park caught my eyes. I happened to have the camera gear with me in the car, so I reckoned I’d go have a ”quick” look. 1 hour later, I was still laying low on the side of the bowl, mesmerised by the speed, the height and style of some of those riders.

Dinner was cold…

Have a great day.

Franck

instagram: @franckgazzola / @frothersgallery

Bondi Colours

Hi Frothers !

A very quick up-date today, just to give you a taste of this morning. Whilst in a middle of a photo-shoot for SurfAid, I managed to steal a few snaps of colours in the sky of Lake Bondi. I could not resist.

I can’t tell you how happy it made me to feel the warmth of a Bondi Summer morning. Soon, I will be shooting pictures by -30, sometimes -40 degrees, in the North Pole. In the sleeping quarter of the boat where my base camp will be, It will be -4 degrees. It makes me VERY appreciative of a warm morning like today.

Thanks to the incredible folks at Patagonia, I’ll be kept warm. One less thing to worry about.

Have a great day.

Franck

instagram: @franckgazzola / @frothersgallery

Lucky Day

Hi Frothers !

Today was my first day in a while behind the camera at sunrise, and this Friday 13th has been my lucky day: what a sky!

Busy, fun, colourful, warm. This morning started like the typical perfect Summer day….before those clouds invited themselves to the party. Dear Grey Clouds, you were NOT on the guests list!

I am sorry for the lack of up-dates in the last week or so. I am about to embark in a crazy photographic adventure that requires a lot of preparation work. I’ll tell you more about it next week. One thing I can tell you: it’s going to be cold. Very cold. Extremely cold. To tell you the truth, I don’t think there are any colder places on Earth (for those trying to guess, this last clue should narrow the number of options right down).

I will tell you more very soon.

Have a great day, and mark Sunday as ”Beach Day” in your agenda.

Franck

instagram: @franckgazzola / @frothersgallery

Bad weather – Great photos

Hi Frothers !

Rather than showing you average picture of really average weather in Sydney (grey, small, onshore, with a deserted beach), we’ve chosen you show you great pictures of bad weather, like Brad Malyon knows how to do.

After a burst of Summer weather, with waves (Saturday), we’re back to July conditions again. ”Summer?!….Hellooooo?! Summer?!….Where have you gone?! Come back please! We’re not done with you yet…”

Things should improve a bit, especially Wednesday: it should be a perfect day to enjoy a night out at the surf night at the Bondi Open Air Cinema, screening ”Spirit of Akasha”.

The Frothers Gallery & the Bondi Open Air Cinema have partnered up for that night and we are organizing an Instagram Photo Contest. The winner will win a Frothers 60x90cm frame, and the runner-up will be taking home a 60x90cm high quality print.

The rules are simple:

  • follow @frothersgallery on Instagram
  • upload your best ocean or surf-inspired image before Wednesday 7pm Sydney time
  • the shots need to have been taken by you, no restriction as to which camera gear was used
  • tag #frotherscontest & @frothersgallery
  • be there on the night at the Bondi Open Air Cinema

The Frothers Team will be judging the winning shot.

If you want to join Patrizio and Dave, who already won their tix, we still have a double-pass to give-away for the Frothers’ subscribers, thanks to the folks at Bondi Open Air Cinema. Who can answer the following question the fastest: what famous surf movie does ”Spirit of Akasha” aims at celebrating ?

Good luck!

Franck

instagram: @bradmalyon / @frothersgallery