The mid to late sixties was rich with pattern, kaleidoscopic, powered by a driving soundtrack of songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and others. I was born into a musical family, and in my own small way added to the cacophony, singing in bands, releasing a single that played on Australian radios. In the Summer of Love I was a flower child in bud - just a little too young to head off to India or San Francisco.
This photograph appeared on the back page of The Australian daily newpaper. I have no idea how the release of a pop song came to be considered newsworthy, but it was great publicity.
Tie Dye Days
There was a lot of tie dye about in the sixties, most of if muddy-looking, but my mother was a talented designer and devised a method of producing vivid, permanent colours. The whole family pitched in to help produce hundreds of yards of fabric. I did everything from tying rubber bands to modelling finished garments.
Early in the sixties, my father briefly founded his own record label, GAS, and a couple of early recordings featured backing singers with a distinctive sound. The Seekers signed a single for me before they departed for the UK, where the rest, as they say, became history.
In about 1969 the photographer Ian Carter asked me to model for a series of early morning photographs.
Shot in a Sydney park, I always seemed to be holding flowers. Some of these images appeared in Australian Photographic a few years later under the title The Artist And The Woman.