Readers of The Grace Tales will be familiar with the exquisite photography of the one-and-only Julie Adams.
As well as shooting regularly for The Grace Tales, Julie is one of Australia’s leading fashion photographers, working regularly in Australia, Los Angeles and New York, having photographed an impressive roll-call of some of the world’s most recognisable faces (Sofia Loren, Miranda Kerr and Rebel Wilson to name but a few). As well as The Grace Tales, she is a regular fixture on the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. Julie’s most recent endeavour is a collaboration with Pilu at Freshwater chef Giovanni Pilu, where they will celebrate their shared passion for the Australian coastline and Italian summers. Hosting a beautiful event titled “Last Days of Summer,” the evening will include a four-course dinner and exhibition of Julie’s photographic works – Beach Series. Held on the last day of summer (Thursday 28th February) at Pilu at Freshwater, we think it’s the most fitting way to farewell the season.
Inspired by the coastline, the Last Days of Summer dinner will feature a four-course seafood menu with an option to match each course to wines.
Giovanni will chat about the food and how the coastline inspires him, while Julie will unveil her Beach Series and talk about how the coastline inspires her. “This is the first time I have exhibited my Beach Series of works and I couldn’t think of a more fitting location than Pilu at Freshwater; my favourite restaurant overlooking the beach that inspired many of the images,” says Julie. She continued, “This very personal collection of ten works is a reflection of my own connection with the coast, the ocean and our beachside home. The idea of bringing an Italian menu inspired by our beautiful coastline together with an exhibition celebrating our quintessential Australian summer felt like an ideal combination, authentic to both Giovanni and myself.”
Beach Series is a collection of ten large scale landscapes of environments meaningful and precious to the artist, primarily Australian beachscapes.
These black and white works are beautifully nostalgic in their documentary of the seemingly endless Australian summer, the ocean lovers who embellish the landscape and the artist’s unabashed celebration and admiration of all that the beach encapsulates. Julie said, “I never set out to take this work, or have an agenda. It’s just moments in time that I find beautiful. It’s the way I see the beauty in beach life and this series is very much capturing my vision of our endless Australian summer.” “I love the rituals and nostalgia in beach life. I love people’s social and emotional connection to the beach. I love the way people run into the ocean, dive off a jetty, warm in the sun and how they blend seamlessly into the landscape’s natural beauty. My eye is drawn to the beauty in it and I think it will be a subject of continual fascination for me.” Pilu at Freshwater is one of Sydney’s most iconic waterfront dining venues and also Julie’s favourite restaurant. A Freshwater local, she holds a special affinity with the location of this landmark restaurant and with its owner and chef, fellow Freshwater local Giovanni Pilu, whose Italian fare, served with a world-class view over Freshwater Beach, has been delighting patrons for 15 years this year. Each of the ten works comprising Julie’s Beach Series will be available for purchase at Last days of Summer at Pilu at Freshwater on February 28. The works will also be available for purchase online from February 28 from www.julieadamsphotographer.com (Edition of 10. Digital prints on rag paper, 84cm x 119cm). All the details are below, and you can book here for tickets. We hope to see you there!