This summer we’re excited to team up with legendary Australian Photographer Bob Weeks to create a capsule of men’s surf tees. Featuring some of Weeks’ most iconic images, each 100% Australian cotton tee is printed with surf scenes captured on Aussie coasts in the ‘60s.
Bob, what first sparked your interest in photography?
When I was about 8 years old my family and I were staying at a friend’s house and they had a Box Brownie camera. I talked dad into buying a roll of ﬁlm and when I saw the images I was hooked. At around the age of 10, dad realised I had a passion and bought me a nice English camera, shortly followed by a Kodak developing and contact sheet developing kit. My dad worked on the railways and we often travelled to many areas in NSW where I would take pictures.
What does an average day look like for you?
I swim every morning around sunrise at our local beach all year round and often the lighting can be dramatic. Most days I spend some time on the computer with imaging work including scanning old ﬁlm images and printing images that have been ordered. I still do some commercial photography and the occasional small wedding. My wife and I live on ﬁve acres so there is always something to do on the land.
What inspires your photography?
My inspiration can come from a number of factors, but the main inspiration is beautiful moody lighting which can make images jump out of the monitor. I also love capturing images of people that tell a story.
Where did your passion for surfing and photography come from?
My passion for surﬁng photography began when I purchased a surfboard in 1959 and began spending all weekend surﬁng and meeting passionate guys like me.
I wanted to record this wonderful lifestyle with my mates both on the beach and riding waves, so I purchased a second-hand Pentax SLR and a 400 mm lens and added lenses as time went on. The photo gear was with me every day at the beach and when travelling up and down the coast over many years. I converted my parent’s laundry into a darkroom so they could then only do the washing when I was at the beach.