Surfers’ Paradise. It’s a heady Australian dream that was never quite realised. Wide white beaches, nightlife and shopping. From a sparkling past to a faded present, Surfers is known for retirees, bikies, and schoolies. It’s a family destination frosted with hard partying, hair extensions and tattoos. Placid apartment towers and down at heel hotel chains cast their shadows across the sands but the local community remains hidden from the tourist’s gaze.
Tender, melancholic and morning-lit, guided by curiosity, nostalgia and kitsch. Sand and Glitter is the light and the dark sides of tourism, it is sunset-pink glimpses into the contradictions of this place: a paradise planned, and a paradise lost.