World renowned surf photographer, Stu Gibson, joins the Blue Rapture team of inspiration!
We caught up with him to find out more about the driving force behind what he does.
I love being in the ocean and I love taking photos, so I mixed the two and now that combo inspires me everyday, there is nothing better than swimming in big scary water!
For me it didn’t really start as art, I just wanted to take photos of waves and my bet mates surfing big waves, like really big stupid waves, so I did, once I mastered the equipment, then I suppose I looked at taking other images, more arty images, not just action.
I started shooting when big wave surfing was peaking, and free surfing was a big part of surfing, its died of slowly, but with that I’ve diversified myself and kept the dream rolling, as fun as the job is, it has its set backs and isn’t easy
I’m not going to lie there are a lot of people doing what I do, but being from Tasmania and growing up in the cold has helped me I think, not only do I have a niche market in Tassie but it breads you stronger and you can handle harsher environments to most. Nothing is easy in Tassie so when we go to amazing places and great waves the work becomes easy and I can shoot for longer.
For the last 3 years, I’ve been working with RipCurl and they have taken me to amazing places and done amazing things – I can’t thank them enough!
Canon and nikon cameras, aqua tech water housings,
Fave Surfer: Right now I’m loving owen wrights surfing
Fave Surf Spot: Shipstern Bluff
Life idol: Ted Grambuae
Fave thing to do to relax?
When I’m home, sunset brews with the lads!