Cover Photographer: Seamus Byrne
For our cover shot, we’ve got 17 year old Seamus Byrne to thank. A self-taught photographer local to the Northern Beaches, his work focuses on seascapes and capturing the relaxed lifestyle we all know and love.
How did you first get into photography? From an early age, dad introduced my brother and I to surfing with heaps of trips to the beach. From this, I have inherited a passion for the ocean which I have carried with me all these years. In 2016,
I had developed a love of photography in capturing something in a different way that I could call my own. I quickly connected these two links and became drawn to taking photos of the ocean and the people that surround it.
Who are your influences? What motivates you as a photographer? My motivation is to create stories and to find a view that no one looks for. Whether it’s in lighting, subject matter or colours, I want to stand out from the crowd and inspire people to go seek out an adventure and create their own stories. I’m influenced by the way photographers like Woody Gooch, Morgan Maassen and Kane Brown, portray their subjects. Their unique artistic perspectives inspire me to create something different.
Got any favourite shots you’ve taken? Yeah! One of my favourite photos is a black and white I took at Tegenungan waterfall in Bali. After going down to the waterfall and taking heaps of pictures, we began to head back up the track. As I was walking away, I thought to myself “one last shot?” so I quickly turned around and snapped this photo.
What’s the hardest thing about being a surf photographer? The hardest thing about surf photography would be the amount of things going on at once. Whether it is treading water with a camera, dodging surfboards, early wakeups or making sure you’re in the right spot, it all adds up but it’s worth it.
Where do you see yourself going next? I see myself travelling, taking up some jobs, possibly a photo book and an exhibition? I guess we’ll see but hopefully good things. •