To get this photograph of surfer Brook Phillip catching a wave off Tasmania, photographer Luke Shadbolt hiked for two hours through beautiful scenery to get to Shipstern Bluff on the island state’s southeastern coast.
According to Shadbolt, the surfing here can be a rough ride, as the waves off the coast are “renowned as [some] of the most intimidating and remote waves in Australia … about as far from civilization as you can get.”
This trip marked Shadbolt’s first time at Shipstern Bluff, and a group of locals took pleasure in telling him “all sorts of horror stories about sharks and killer whales and huge unruly swells” while they hiked in.
“It wasn’t quite as scary as they made it out,” Shadbolt says, “but it was definitely an adventure.”
Not wanting to miss any of the action, Shadbolt spent about eight hours in the water to get this shot. His use of a fish-eye lens required him to be as close to the wave as possible, which also gives the image its wide, slightly distorted look.
Shadbolt had no idea who the surfer in the photograph was until he posted it later on his Instagram feed, discovering Phillip’s name from a few Tasmanian locals.
The centrepiece is the greatest golfing painting in the world, Charles Lees’ famous 1847 masterpiece The Golfers.
This commemorates a match played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, by Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther, against Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Saddell.
It represents a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Scottish golf at that time and was famously reproduced in a fine engraving which sold in great quantities.
Lees (1800-80) made use of photography, at a time when it was in its infancy, to help him design the painting’s overall composition.
The image in question, taken by photography pioneers D O Hill & Robert Adamson, is included in the show and Lees’s preparatory drawings and oil sketches also are displayed alongside the finished painting to offer visitors further insight into the creation of this great work.
Impressions of The Golfers are now in many of the greatest golf clubhouses around the world.
The painting is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Two men wrestle in a ring full of smelt (whitebait) during the Smelt Carnival in Marinette, Wisconsin, in 1939. via Wisconsin Historical Society
Hoodslam — a popular spectacle that is staged monthly in Oakland, California — is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “part wrestling show, part carnival act and all comedy.”
The foul-mouthed, adult-humored extravaganza is raunchy and rollicking as wrestlers “battle” each other while occasionally wielding strange weapons or tossing powder in faces.
This is wrestling meets video game meets heavy metal nightmare.
The event’s founder, Sam Khandaghabadi (pictured) who appears in the combat ring as the Dark Sheik — tells the newspaper: “We aren’t trying to be pro wrestling. We are performance art.”
Truth is, a lot of wrestling — professional, semipro and exhibition — in America has been performance art for a long, long time.
Those Crazy Americans
Pinning down some of the strange goings-on in American wrestling history can be a bit slippery.
After all, what is real and what is fake — or kayfabe, in wrestling lingo — is often up for grabs. And for body slams. And for chokeholds.
“Gimmicks of some sort have been part of professional wrestling since the late 19th century,” says Scott Beekman, a history professor at the University of Rio Grande and author of Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America.
During the Great Depression, impresarios struggled to come up with bigger and better bizarrities to attract paying audiences.
“Wrestling promoters turned to novelty matches as part of their attempts to keep the doors open,” he says.
Which led to matches involving women and diminutive people. “Comedy elements and wrestling in substances developed during that period.”
While doing historical research, Scott uncovered wrestling matches staged in a gamut of grotty substances, such as iron shavings, coal, banana peels and margaritas.