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Bleach Festival Artist Profile: SurfSisters Shelli Bankier

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SurfSister contributor Shelli Bankier’s ocean imagery speaks of moments in time. Shelli has been instrumental to Bleach*, serving as both the event’s Assistant Curator as well as one of the festival’s contributing artists.

Now one of the few women on the surf industry arena, Shelli grew up on the ocean sailing around the world on a yacht with her family, an experience that has shaped her life and instilled in her a deep love of the ocean.

Shelli became the second female photographer to be published in Australia’s Surfing Life magazine, and since then opened Inverse Gallery in Burleigh Heads for a period of time, and has widely exhibited her prints. Her surf and ocean photography steps away from commercialism, and is a way for Shelli to connect with and share the beautiful grace of the ocean.

“Being blessed to live on one of the most beautiful coastlines on the globe, and having travelled and learnt from some of the best surf photographers in the world, I am able to paint with my camera, to capture these singular moments in time. I like to let my photography speak for itself, to create a scenic ambience, a free sense of space and bring the Ocean in through the windows of my images.”

To read Shelli's original SurfSister article click here.


Bleach* Surfing The Fringe Festival Photographer Profile: Shelli Bankier from Bleach Festival on Vimeo.

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Endless Summer By Kirra Cheers

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I am involved in a Byron based initiative called The Endless Sunrise. Over 60 photographers in Byron have collected sponsors with money raised per sunrise going to local charities and an exhibition at the end. I have embarked on a mission to capture every sunrise for a month, magically transforming myself into a morning person and recording a beautiful body of work along the way. Along with my photos, I am also keeping a daily diary documenting my experience. Here are my pics below from The Endless Sunrise: Week 01, enjoy!

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On day five, I was interviewed and filmed as part of a video documentary on the event.

THE ENDLESS SUNRISE - DAY 5 - KIRRA CHEERS from The Endless Sunrise on Vimeo.


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Kirra Cheers In Byron Bay

After completing her studies in photography, Kirra Cheers set off for an adventure of a lifetime... Traveling around Australia. It was this body of work that Kirra produced over this transient year that ultimately led Kirra to winning the National Travel Scholarship with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Kirra jokes about her 'office' having an ever changing back drop and it is this nomadic way of life that she loves.

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SurfSister Interview With Globo TV

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The Globo Sport TV crew came out to Australia from Brazil to investigate the surf, skate culture on offer. This is the section on SurfSister taken from the full length adventure that premiered on Brazilian TV in December. It's the story behind how SurfSister came about... There wasn't much swell but we all got out there and had some fun! Special thanks McTavish surfboards and all that helped out on the day. on GloboTV from on Vimeo.

Water Dancer

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Tiler Peck is a principle dancer in the New York City Ballet. She began dancing at the age of 7 and made her debut career appearance at just 12 years of age. This is a cool little film about Tiler and Stephine Glimore's meeting to talk dancing and surfing.

Anastasia Ashley

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OK one more to get us in the mood, Anastasia Ashley ripping it up. Happy New Year!



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