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The Inertia

Predominantly shot at sea level, I try to convey the romance, fear, trepidation, beauty, and power of the sea and its relationship to the human psyche. I draw inspiration from the salty tales of Melville, Cousteau, authors of old, seafarers and mariners of shipwrecks, sea monsters and sea shanties. The fear of the unknown which even today is real for so many, yet an environment in which we find comfort and solace.

I aim to give the viewer an insight into the world in which I’m so fortunate to experience on a regular basis. But only an insight; with many of the works I tease with only the smallest of movements, whereas in other photographs I aim to overwhelm, to explore the sheer scale and power of the ocean. I use the camera as a conduit to enter environments in which I may otherwise be uncomfortable, to explore themes I couldn’t otherwise articulate. It allows me to explore fleeting moments never to be repeated, lighting events never to be seen again. This environment is specific to me, yet familiar to every surfer. It is the beauty and stillness of a sunset or the chaos of a work day which will disappear once you immerse yourself underwater. It is seascapes as landscapes, sand hills and lawn, snow or bushfires. It is our world in 21 seas.

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