Vale – Martin Sharp

Encounter – Michael Edols ACS and Martin Sharp full article can be found in the Australian Cinematographer Magazine Issue 61 March 2014.

‘A homage to vale Martin Sharp’

That is how Geoff Burton ACS and I set out for AC Magazine issue# 61 Encounter. Indeed I considered it an honour to be interviewed by such a fellow cinematographer I respect so highly and a producer director in his own right. In conjunction with AC Magazine editor Richard Marks we agreed to include, as an addendum to AC61 Encounter, this definitive image of gentlemanly dreamers, Martin Sharp and Tiny Tim.

Renowned photographer William Yang who captured this magic moment, called it ‘childlike’.

For me this innocence brought lightness into our lives in an otherwise too frequently greedy and tortured world.

During those troubled years of South Africa I had just completed a DoP assignment for Time Life and Channel 9, and been escorted by an armed guard into a lock up in Mozambique. Upon my return to an all-black night club in SOWETO I was told if I was ‘white’ I would have my “ass cut wide deep and nasty”. I was ready for an assignment with lightness and laughter, which came my way thanks to Jeff Doring, a remarkable sound recordist, friend, colleague and artist, who knew Martin. This introduction to Martin led to being his principal cinematographer on Street of Dreams and years of friendship, during which time I produced some of my best work.

Street of Dreams is Martin, which I argue is yet to be fully realised. Many a time I would say to Martin the story lay with him; Luna Park and Tiny Tim were but a reflection and insight into the spirit of one of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and entrepreneurs we had the privilege to know.

Michael Edols ACS

© photography of Martin Sharp and Tiny Tim at Wirrian, courtesy of William Yang