The sea is both unpredictable and ever changing- and that's what makes it so magical. Surfers often describe this unique sport as an unrivalled experience and something that brings you closer to nature and the elements. The feeling of salt water on your skin, the nature of waves- it's a fickle environment to try and capture. And that's exactly why it creates such incredibly sensory images. Surf photography combines both the beauty of the ocean, and the skill and elegance of surfing. We spoke to three surf photographers who capture amazing moments on some of the UK's most beautiful beaches.
Clare James is a photographer and videographer based in Cornwall and works with natural light and raises awareness for marine and environmental issues.
Can you talk about your background and how you got into photography?
Ocean infatuation for me started at a young age. It was the running family joke that however cold and wintery it was, if we went near the ocean (or any waterbody for that matter) I would somehow end up in the water often fully clothed.
However it wasn’t until going to University, I studied Geography at Exeter University (Falmouth Campus,) that I got into surfing and diving at the same time. Studying a scientific degree I realised that there was lots of genius ideas e.t.c which never made it to the public eye. Whilst working in Mexico as a dive guide I started documenting the underwater world with a Canon G12 and next thing I knew I was hooked. Six months later I had fallen in love with underwater photography so much that I ended up taking up photography on land with the aim of raising awareness about marine and environmental issues through my work and placing them in the public eye. Alongside the commercial work I do today I still make time for these projects currently working with a company called Odyssey Innovation, who make kayaks from Marine Recycled Plastic and disused fishing nets.