Lightwaves Byron Bay

LIGHTWAVES
a story of single fin women

This portrait series celebrates the feminine spirit of women surfers whose lives are closely interwoven with their passion for surfing single fin boards.
I first started this series when I was living in California close to the beautiful Queen of the Coast, Rincon.The amount of women gracing the line up was something new for me coming from South Africa and I knew I had to document them.
The technique of single fin surfing really complements the feminine expression and style.The elegance of the female form combined with the single fin surfboard results in a graceful dance on the water that is truly quite mesmerizing.
From California I continued my journey to my second home, Bali and started documenting my old friends at our local spot, Batu Bolong.
Byron Bay was naturally my next stop as I had spent time here a decade ago and it was time to reunite with the beautiful tribe of women here. With this portrait series I want to express the beauty and elegance of these dancers in the sea. The diversity of women here is a celebration every sunrise.
The show is up at Bay Leaf Cafe in Byron Bay until end of March. Come check it out or message me for print sales and chat about single fins and women’s surfing.
Thank you to all the incredible lady sliders for making this project happen.

 

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LIGHT WAVES – Batu Bolong

I currently have a show on at Deus Gallery in Bali. This is the story and the images that are hanging in the show.It was so hard to choose which ones would actually hang in the gallery. Please also go to this link to see all the other amazing women I shot. I will do another post with more of the single fin ladies.

The prints come in a limited edition of 9 and are available framed and unframed in various sizes shipped worldwide.

A Story of Single Fin Girls from Batu Bolong shot by Saskia Koerner

An exhibition celebrating the feminine spirit of women surfers whose lives are closely interwoven with their passion for surfing single fin boards.

This series of portraits is shot on a vintage Hasselblad analogue camera to truly capture the longstanding relationship women have with single fin surfing.

The camera takes a similar approach to capturing images as does the single fin to surfing. Both require precision and spot on technique, both resulting in beautiful posture and composition.

Single Fins are where we came from in surfing and the retro trend has brought a new wave of single fin riders. More women are gracing the line-ups than ever before and are tuning into the single fin movement.

The elegance of the female form combined with the single fin surfboard results in a graceful dance on the water that is truly quite mesmerizing.

Here in Bali, I have met an entire tribe of single fin female surfers and we see each other every sunrise in the water. With this portrait series, I want to express the beauty and elegance of these dancers in the sea.

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xenia

vero

sweeneyandanita

sasha

rui

rosa

olga

natalya

maya

maria

kate

jane

ishita

elena

chulpan

cass

Sundays are for Lovers

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I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the talented designer – soon to be married – duo Lara and Moses and their gorgeous dogs Lanya and Oso.

They showed me a sneak peak of their new bag collection launching soon and it’s looking good!! Every piece, handmade by Moses Nadel is a classic with attention to detail made to last a lifetime. Be sure to keep an eye out for their launch!

Thank you beautiful friends! You are a huge part of my NYC experience and I am so happy to know we will always cross paths.

Indigo Shibori

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What a treat it was to play with some indigo dyes and kashmir rayon textiles again! I had 15 yards left of the most gorgeous soft kashmir rayon fabric I bought in Bali last year and I have been obsessed with indigo blues lately; so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out the ancient Japanese dye technique called Shibori. Dating back to the 8th century, Shibori is a technique where the cloth gets tied, blocked, bound, stitched or compressed ignored to create intricate patterns. I decided to just go for it and try as many different ways to block the dye from the fabric. I used tubes, wooden blocks, tons of elastics and some stitching to create some beautiful designs.I then found a very talented woman from the Congo by the name of Angel who carefully hand-stitched the edges of the gigantic soft kashmir scarves.

Here are a few images of my process. Contact me over email if you want one of the few scarves that are still left. saskia@saskiakoerner.com

Karen Walker – NYFW SS15

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Karen Walker
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Ilona Royce Smithkin

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Ilona is 94, Joyce is 80, Lynn Dell is 81 – Check out their documentary here.
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Morgan Saylor with Linda Rodin
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Karen Walker and Morgan Saylor
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