Bobs interest in photography began when he was about nine years old and borrowed a friend old Kodak Box Brownie and asked his dad to buy a roll of film. When he saw the photos he took he was hooked.After a period with an old camera his parents bought him a nice quality English camera and a Kodak developing and contact printing kit.His father worked for the railways so Christmas holidays were spent travelling into the country towns with his camera.
In 1958 the family moved to Sylvania which is near Cronulla. After visiting the beach a few times and watching the board riders he bought a 9 foot malibu and became mates with lots of guys and wanted to record the fun times he was experiencing with his friends so he purchased a quality Pentax SLR and some lenses and that was the beginning of his surfing photography. He is still in contact with many of his old surfing mates.
Bob had the cover photo on the first issue of Bob Evans Surfing World magazine in 1962 and was the photographer for Jack Eden’s Surf about magazine which also launched in 1962.
His surfing images have been reproduced in many magazines and surfing books since including the classic Surfing in the Sixties published in late 2016 which included over 100 of Bobs images. After many surf trips up the north coast of NSW and into southern Queensland in the winter time Bob became addicted to the the warm ocean water and uncrowded waves.
In 1966 Bob and his long time girlfriend Dianne were married. After their daughter Fiona was born in 1970 Bob realised that it was now time to move to the warm waters of the north coast.
Bob and his family moved to Woolgoolga in 1971 and then in 1973 his son Todd was born who has now followed his fathers love of photography. Bob worked locally for many years and his passion for photography was still firing. He began getting requests to photograph weddings and also local commercial work so became a professional in 1989. He won many awards with the AIPP over the years and won first prize in the black and white section of the Nikon International photo contest in 1992/1993. There were over 34000 entries in both the colour and black and white sections.
He has now retired but the passion is still firing and he won 1st prize and shared the grand champion award at the local Art Gallery Exhibition in late 2017.
Bob is one of the original members of Woolgoolga Long board Club and is now a life member.