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Creating a ‘sea of knowledge'

Renowned Australian artist, Andrew Baines, will photograph people in their 70s, 80s and 90s on the shores of South Australia's Henley Beach, portraying their lives and careers, next Thursday morning.

The photo shoot came about when South Australian aged care provider, ACH Group, approached the artist about an installation that highlighted older people as mentors and Mr Baines then came up with the ‘Sea of Knowledge’ concept.

“Sea of Knowledge is a scene featuring 15 older people standing in an ethereal, mill pond like sea at dawn, portraying many diverse careers which will include a small choir, musicians, life guard, defence force member, teacher and blackboard plus a full size piano complete with a formally suited player,” he explained.

“With the photo shoot happening at dawn, it will take on a sublime, aesthetic feel, enhancing the subtle message of great knowledge and inspiration.”

Mr Baines’ inspiration to this work came from someone close to his heart.

“My dad played soccer in the United Kingdom and South Australia, now he is in his late 70s and I hope all his knowledge is utilised by local clubs and schools and not gone to waste,” he said.

“The photo shoot will be like painting through the ages; it’s a way of recording history focusing on fashion, attire, work and attitudes. You can create the future by studying the past.”

 All proceeds from the use of images from the photo shoot will support future projects of the Foundation for Older Australians.

According to the Foundation’s chairperson, Marjorie Schulze OAM, its purpose is driven by a vision to create opportunities for older people with a focus on healthy ageing, independence and emotional wellbeing.

The Sea of Knowledge photo shoot is open to the public and will take place at Henley Beach’s esplanade – 100 metres south of the jetty, at 7am.

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