I am a first-time photographer/designer who, over the past six years, has
developed artworks, gift & homewares products focusing on sports popular in
Australia in the 1960’s -‘80’s.
Sport is a cultural icon in this country & the period spanning the 1960’s – ‘80’s is
often referred to as its golden era. It was one of high participation & as such it is looked back at very fondly by many of the literally millions of Australians, (namely baby boomers & their children), who lived through these decades.
My approach of collecting & subsequently photographing each piece of vintage sports equipment reflects a passion for sport, design & photography underpinned by a
nostalgia for a 1970’s Australian upbringing that saw first-hand the cultural
significance of sport in a small rural community.
To my mind the objects featured in my artworks are ‘ornaments to their game’; forever in the shade of those who used them they are finally getting their moment in the sun.
The tracing &/or silhouetting of each object, as seen on these particular wallpapers, is an attempt to enhance the uniformity across the specific composite designs.
– Tim Rath