John Bowring ACS
24.7.1955 – 16.4.2011
As many of you now know John passed away very suddenly in Hong Kong on his way back to his beloved Australia after a very successful NAB in Vegas.
The Lemac Family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and the wonderful tributes and stories about JB or Brolga (as he was known to some ) from all over Australia and around the world.
We have shed buckets of tears and will shed even more, but we have been warmed and moved to smiles with tears, as we have read these heartfelt tributes.
We have included some of them here and hope you gain some comfort, as we have from them. These messages and memories and many more, will be archived on this blog for Jack and Kate and the rest of the family, including all at Lemac.
Lemac and all who are and have been a part of the journey so far, have gained tremendously from John’s intense passion, incredible knowledge and above all his generosity to the industry he absolutely loved. John has left us all in good shape because of this and Lemac will continue to shine.
We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support
John’s generosity of spirit and irreplacable knowledge will be very much missed by the local industry, and all who knew him. Condolences to John’s family, and the Lemac family.
Very sad to hear of Johns passing… I remember his patience and kindness for the young green at the gills filmmaker who approached him for support. Our eventual award winning short film was made possible in part because of his generosity and kindness. We were proud to fill the screen with the Lemac logo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lzIvCvvxJU
Deepest sympathies to his family and close friends. The world is definitely a better place because of you John.
Rest in Peace
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Johns passing. Even after leaving Lemac to return to the UK way back in 1994 Leamc and the guys I worked with always had a place in my heart.
John was a very generous and kind person who will be sorley missed.
My thoughts are with Sue and his family along with his extend ‘film’ family.
On behalf of all at Polecam, I would like to say goodbye and I’ll miss that smiling face. The sun is not so bright today.
To my good friend JB as i knew him.
Your passing came to me as a complete shock and with deep sadness i write these words.
I had the pleasure to have met you back in 1995 when i was just starting my journey and career in the Film industry. Over the years your kindness, support and teachings have helped me beyond any thanks i could ever express correctly.
Thank you so much for having express a genuine interest in not just me, but so many other peoples lives in shaping careers and making us all better people.
You are much loved and will be sorely missed, thank you for all the fond memories.
My condolences to Sue, the Bowring Family and Lemac team
Safe journey my friend
At the ACS National Executive meeting held in Adelaide on May 1, it was decided unanimously that at all future ACS Awards presentations, the category TV STATION BREAKS & PROMOS would be named in honour of John. To that end, this category will now be named the “John Bowring ACS TV Station Breaks & Promos Award”.
In light of the many station promos John photographed so well the meeting felt this particular category, which John has won in the past, was an ideal one to carry his name into the future
The ACS executive wishes to pass on condolences on behalf of all our members to Sue, Jack & Kate. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
We will miss you JB.
His name and memory will be always be with us. You see John’s influence everywhere via his talent as a cinematographer, his understanding of the technical, and more than most, through the generosity he eagerly gave to the many who sought a helping hand to start out in this industry of ours. Not just here in Australia, but to a huge international community.
I have been moved by the contributions posted here and on other forums. John and I were in contact while he was away, and and I was so looking forward to following up on lots of things we’d discussed.
I always hoped to bump into John on every trip to Lemac. He was always full of wisdom and advice and the offer of a helping hand. We will all miss his wisdom, generous spirt and positive attitude.
All Transvideo staff join me to express sympathy to John’s family.
John supported Transvideo in Australia since the 90′s.
I’ll always remember him, his kindness and deep technical interest about everything.
I am very sad to hear that John has passed away. John was a very good friend of mine, he always had an answer to all of my questions, he was a real encyclopedia in the cinematographic field. I will miss him a lot and will always remember his kindness.
My sincere sympathies go to his family and Lemac Team