The roots of travel III

24 Jan

fank hurley underwater

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

this is the latest and last installment on Aussie adventurer Frank Hurley and his influence on Young Errol.

He is the likely source for his travel bug and recurring themes in Flynn`s persuit of a life lived to the fullest . See:

The roots of travel

The roots of travel II

Now Hurley as a person bears some striking biografical similarities to our Hollywood hero. A school drop out, a war correspondent and an explorer with artistic aspirations, that is what he was and then he was some more:…

In an ever ongoing quest to expand bounderies and human horizons, he pioneered in the art of underwater photography.…

He kept a diary all his life and carried the honoray title “Captain” everywhere he went. Even though heavily criticized for altering his pictures (he was a master in blending and coloring them) and romanticizing his undertakings to extreme, his works stand the test of time.

Errol would have been inclined to say, that Frank Hurley merely was “hamming it up”. There`s no ha(r)m in doing that, is there?


— shangheinz


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  1. David DeWitt

    January 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Superbly done, as always!

    • shangheinz

      January 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm….au on Hurley`s larger than life accounts:

      “This(…) tells us a lot about F.H. It contains the sense of adventure, the brashness, the sign of an iron will. It contains the rampant exaggeration, not to mention blatant untruths, that characterised much of his own version of events. With any aspect of his adventurous life, truth and legend are hard to seperate. It is fair to say he was keener on one than on the other.”

      Someone set an exmple here.

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 28, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        I’m 99% certain your analyses and conclusions are right about Flynnie being infused with the influence of Hurley, downunderheinz. If Errol turned out to be a pyromaniac, I’d be 100% so!……

  2. Gentleman Tim

    January 25, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Frankly, hurleyheinz, this is tremendous stuff. Thanks so much. I never knew of this extraordinary man. I’m sure you’ve nailed it, he/his work had to be a huge influence on young Master Flynn.