Bruce Getty on Treasure Island
We met Bruce late May when scouting locations for the TI photowalk. Walking down one of the Avenues of the Island, we walked up to Bruce as he was moving material on his forklift truck. We walked up and asked for directions.
“Any idea where the graffiti pool is?”
“Oh that, just keep on going down the avenue; it’s not far, just around the corner.”
“Sweet! So do you like here?”
“Yeah, got realy lucky and I’ve got a workshop space here.”
We got talking a bit more, and Bruce invited us into his workshop space, filled with huge chunks of alabaster in various states of carving along with piles of tools.
“I make lamps from alabaster - I get huge chunks of alabaster and I gradually carve them into lamp hangings.”
“Must take a while to do.”
“Yeah, each piece takes a long time. Throws up huge chunks of dust too - when I’m working witht the power tools I need to turn on the fan.”
Bruce briefly turns on the enormous extractor, which sounds like several jumbo jets fighting to land.
“So what’s it like living on TI?”
“It’s pretty unique! There’s pleny of opportunities to get great photos from here.”
“No kidding! What sort of photos?”
Bruce leads us over to have a look at his impressive collection of photo gear.
“I take a lot of bird photos, and there’s plenty of opportunities to get unique phtoos of the bridges and fireworks in the bay.”
We chatted a bit more, and Bruce kindly showed us what it’s like to work with Alabaster. We snapped a few pics, and then got on our way.