The ocean has been part of my life since I could walk, I guess you could say I’m lucky to have been born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and still call it home now, along with my husband raising our two little people here.
“Good Food, Wines, Art, wonderful landscapes, football, Mafia and fashion. This is what could jump to your mind when you think about Italy.”
But there’s more than that. For example, we've got waves and you can surf too!
It's always super surreal being on the North Shore in winter, all of the big wigs are in town and it's hard to not get star struck at times. Hitchhiking home and getting picked up by Ian Crane, riding my bike past Jack Johnson, ordering an acai bowl behind Italo after a heat win.
Why the name Photo Boss Bali? This came about simply after my very first time taking water shots out at Uluwatu in 2017. I was walking up from the beach to the warungs. In front of me was a long Que of surfers all being haggled by the local photographers. Each photographer shouting 'Photo Boss, Photo Boss'.
There is an inherent link between surfing and creative minded people. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a muso like me, an artist, photographer, chef, surfboard shaper or architect, the ocean draws us all in.
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.