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User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Nov 27, 2015 2:24 AM (UTC)

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User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Dec 17, 2017 6:30 AM (UTC)

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BROKEN (Volume 1) // shipping tomorrow // $49 free postage // link in bio
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Dec 5, 2017 1:22 AM (UTC)

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Thanks for the article @seano888 about the making of my new book BROKEN for @surfingworld magazine. Link in bio if you’re in the mood for a bit of heavy pontificating.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Nov 28, 2017 5:40 AM (UTC)

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I also get sick of people trying to flog me their latest piece of crap. Here is mine. (This text was edited out due to advice from my communications manager who advised it was too negative. I have faith that my friends understand this is a joke and as such have put it back in. Disclaimer: Broken is NOT actually a piece of crap, but it will also not make you more beautiful or happy).
Advance copy of Broken.
144 pages // photography + text // duotone b&w + colour printing // uncoated & coated sections // sewn lay flat binding // signed and numbered 1/1000 // $49 - free shipping (Oz) cheap as chips shipping (worldwide)

Spread above is a Kodachrome from Shark Island, circa ‘92
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Nov 10, 2017 7:36 AM (UTC)

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User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Nov 3, 2017 9:09 AM (UTC)

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Duotone proofs.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Oct 30, 2017 8:57 AM (UTC)

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BROKEN (Volume 1) "Through Jon's solitary compulsion of swimming into vast seascapes, of finding comfort in loneliness, he's unwittingly created images that speak on a personal level to us all." Jock Serong

Photographs & text by Jon Frank // Foreword by Andrew Kidman // Afterword by Sean Doherty
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Oct 25, 2017 6:07 AM (UTC)

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Page 74/75 from BROKEN☝🏻(link to buy in bio). The excerpt below is from a very long and dare I say revealing interview with @seano888’s in the book.

What kind of child were you?

Sean, if you asked my mother that question she’d tell you I was a precociously intelligent, cherubic gift that the midwives said had been touched by God and was loved by all. Take from that what you will. I do remember learning Latin at the age of seven, the result of briefly attending an expensive private school in London. Whenever I recall that school now anecdotally, I refer to it as Eton, except of course it wasn’t Eton, it was Eton’s bastard third cousin. And a fat lot of good it did me. When I was born my dad had piles of money, but through the ‘70s he lost it all and that’s why we ended up moving to Australia in 1981. He was flat broke. But for one year there I was at a private school where we wrote Latin verbs with fountain pens dipped in ink. I’m not kidding, it was very Dickensian. Lots of dark wooden walls and frightening teachers who just might have included sodomising livestock on their list of fun things to do during holidays.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Oct 23, 2017 6:22 AM (UTC)

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Friends and comrades, I’m thrilled to announce that my book BROKEN (Volume 1) is now available to buy! Contrary to popular opinion the title is NOT a reference to my state of mind. It is simply a truth that waves break. All the technical information, a glowing testimonial from some random stranger I once met at a bus stop in Nowra and the BUY NOW button customised to get you to do just that, can be found at (link in bio). Book will ship in December but order now as there are only 1000 being made and this is destined to become a collectable. Frank out! Oh yeah, it’s 49 bucks with free shipping here in Oz and $15 flat rate shipping for the rest of the world even if you live in Uzbekistan.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Oct 10, 2017 8:31 PM (UTC)

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Back to the future.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Oct 4, 2017 7:11 PM (UTC)

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Dirty scan outtake. Book coming soon.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Oct 2, 2017 8:09 AM (UTC)

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User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:46 PM (UTC)

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Thom Pringle from the pages of @surfingworld magazine a few years back 👈
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Sep 11, 2017 11:18 PM (UTC)

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User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Sep 11, 2017 4:38 AM (UTC)

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...It is becoming clear that I have inadvertently stumbled onto a secret surf spot, which is not really how I envisaged spending my afternoon. I figure it is only due to the fact that its 20 foot today that no one is here to enforce the rules. So after about another 15 minutes of procrastinating, the chopper is still doing laps, I just go, fuck it, I’m going, and I grab my camera and just start charging down the track. A few minutes later I’m on a deserted beach with white water from the sand to the horizon and the pilot has decided to land right next to this little shack which is where the local boys must hang out when they are not surfing. The chopper is making so much noise that anyone within five miles could hear it, I am just relieved to get in and get the hell out of there. We fly out over the break and it is just a washy mess but I tell you, if I see Elvis pig-dogging a thirty footer, it won’t matter, I'm never going back. We fly along the outer reefs and the swells are still massive down below. When we come back to land the Japanese pilot attempts to drop me next to my car. He’s just about to put the bird down and at the last second sees we are about to land on a power line. He jams the thing back up and drops me out on the beach. It’s nearly dark now and on the way back to the car footsteps stalk behind me and the rustling strangled bushes quicken my steps.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Sep 11, 2017 4:19 AM (UTC)

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I am supposed to be going up in a helicopter with @sean_davey . It’s 2010, the Eddie Aikau contest is on, there are 10,000 people all jammed in around Waimea Bay and the Kam highway is gridlock, backed up for miles both ways. We are going to go up at 3 O’clock, but I get a call at 2:59 and its Davey. “Franky Boooooyyyyyyyyyy!!!! Sorry aaaay, but I can’t make it, the swells dropping and the traffics a joke and I don’t know what’s going on, but here is the number of the chopper pilot, he’s Japanese and doesn’t speak a word of English but good luck maaaate!” So, I’m down near pipe and I figure, well I’ve never been up and shot pictures from a chopper before, its 400 bucks an hour, but I’m in. There is only one problem. The helicopter has to fly out from Honolulu and the air strip where they pick you up is up at Mokuleia, which means I have to try and get past the bay, and there’s no way that’s gonna happen. It will take four hours to get two miles. So the pilots wife tells me in broken English that there is another spot where they can land and it’s on the East side, no problem, just drive over there, twenty minutes and you can go from there. I get directions and head off. By this time it’s getting on towards 5pm but I figure if I can get an hour of light it will be worth it. So I drive down this country dirt track for about a mile and get to the heaviest looking Hawaiian style end of the road I have ever seen. There are a couple of old plantation houses with big dogs on chains and a few old pick up trucks rusting threateningly and a little walking track which I figure is the way down to the beach and there are twenty huge hand written signs saying stuff like “Haole! If you even THINK about coming down here you are gonna die.” So I’m standing in the dirt listening to frightened leaves rustle thinking there is no way I am going down there with a black camera and white skin, when the chopper starts circling over head and doing pass-bys and I’m paying for this thing for every minute its in the air. I kill some time by reading another sign. This one proclaims “No surfers, no tourists, no photographers. THIS MEANS YOU!” ...continued...
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Aug 20, 2017 11:51 PM (UTC)

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A few years back I spent a day or two with @james_hollmer_cross shooting a Frankology for @surfingworld magazine. Frankology was a 10 page photo essay on a different surfer or place each month and always opened with some words by yours truly and closed with captions by the featured surfer. A simple formula to be sure, but one that, right from the get go, just worked. We did 50 in total and they were a highlight for me as we visited all manner of surfers, all ages, professional or not. There was no expectation of getting the biggest or the best surf, in fact the most successful ones often had the worst waves. It really didn't matter what the weather, there was never any checking of weather maps or swell forecasts. Budgets were tight to say the least, I would often end up paying my own way to ensure we could keep the series going, it also meant I would stay with the surfers for a night or two which helped make the pictures more authentic. This day James and I decided to go to Shipsterns late one onshore afternoon. We were the only two there, for miles probably, it was cold and exhilarating and all was as it could be.
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Aug 18, 2017 8:46 AM (UTC)

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Flashback to early 2000's shooting in Tahiti for @tetongravity with my lovely old Eclair ACL S16mm. Pic courtesy of the Tasmanian Ambassador to the Hawaiian Islands Mr @sean_davey .
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Aug 15, 2017 12:21 AM (UTC)

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A friend was living above ‘Cafe Bikini’ (far less titillating than it sounds) in downtown Bondi, with a couple of mates. He tells me they spent a lot of time partying with the cast of Australia’s Next Top Model as we start the day eating egg and bacon rolls with a gaggle of smiley blonde Scandinavian girls who wouldn’t have looked out of place in a Norsca commercial. After breakfast he goes surfing at the wonky Bondi bank I believe Sparkesy would have called ‘Jew Steps’, which I can speak of with political correctness intact as my father was Jewish. He married a Goy, which renders me unable to claim actual Jewishness and reminds me of the old joke (I’m half Jewish...Which half? The GOOD half!) but certainly imbued in me a fondness for Yiddish slang, falafel (Savion in Nth. Bondi has the best in Australia) and a penchant for Woody Allan films. These days in Scum Valley you paddle out for an ordinary, and I mean ordinary surf out-front and come in to TV camera, boom microphone and two laconic television-star lifeguards making wry predictions of which tourist will be next to be pulled out in the rip.
I really loved the first season of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake, so when I got the call up to shoot some water sequences for Season II, China Girl, (set in Bondi & surrounds) I was thrilled. Spending an afternoon hooning around in a 10 foot rubber ducky with the director was a hoot!
User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Jul 19, 2017 1:43 AM (UTC)

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User Image jon_frank_ Posted: Jul 10, 2017 10:18 AM (UTC)

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Port Pirie, South Australia; 2017