I remember when I was young having a monochrome photo of a surfer duck diving a wave as the background on my phone, and just thinking, wow, imagine taking this. I always wondered who took photos like this and how they did it.
There is a thriving surf community here in Cornwall and it is a great feeling swimming out to capture that through photographs. It’s not about getting the all time photo or the magazine cover shot but about celebrating in each other’s waves. I can’t say I don’t get excited if a shot does make it to print though.
I am India Payne, a 25 year old surf photographer from Phillip Island, Australia. Having grown up traveling the world surfing from a young age the ocean has been a huge part of my life, which has now transitioned into my passion of photography and sharing my world with everyone.
I forgot my point and shoot at home in Torquay, my first stop was Berlin before we hit the coast and was lucky enough to get a Yashica J2 at a flea market for $20.
Humans have always experienced an intense relationship with the sea. I believe that pouring feelings into the salty water and let them be washed by it, is an ancient practice. It always helps me to heal, to connect, to keep in balance.
During an ocean swim, I found myself caught in a flash rip. They don’t usually last long, but they create a vortex that keeps you trapped until the ocean is ready to release you.
What is good Longboarding? This question seems to be floating around more often recently. Especially, with the recent Relik Comp at Malibu, there is a lot of debate.
Growing up, this quote by Avatar Roku really resonated with me, as a subconscious force was always pulling me towards the ocean. Was it the clean air, the deep blue, the freedom? I’m still not quite sure, but the feeling of belonging to the sea is too strong to ignore anytime soon.
I don’t understand photographers. What are they doing looking into those little boxes all day? Why aren’t they just surfing? Is it really that difficult to capture an amazing surf photo? I don’t get it!!!
Hi, I'm Drew, an Aussie documentary photographer based on the Coffs Coast, NSW Australia. For me photography is about feeling, capturing the essence of a place, the moods, the energy and recording the timeless moments of everyday life.
Steep take-offs, questionable currents and our fair share of diarrhoea. Some of the more amusing moments from our week-long escape from the exotic reality that is England in the depths of November.
Hello! A huge thanks to the Surf Visuals team for the opportunity to share some of my work. A Graphic Designer/Art Director by trade, photography is my passion – the blissful white space around the old nine to five.
Sri Lanka; breathtaking mountains and views, lush jungles with exotic fruits and wildlife, amaaazing food, and the warmest and most hospitable locals. But arguably what tops all this for the travelling surfer is the abundance of quality waves to suit all levels and needs.
I’ve always been passionate about the ocean. I think the excitement of getting up early, travelling to a location and not knowing what to expect is something that I’ll always love. I’m always welcomed with something unique and interesting.
So many distractions nowadays; easy to have a messy head. Reality can be overwhelming. Things can be blurry every now and then and many of our actions may seem meaningless. For instance, what is the relation between surfing and photography? Is there any sense in combining the two? Or is it pure whim?