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Creator Profile: Hollytree Photo tweaks standard-issue surf porn

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Creator Profile

Holly Shoebridge an I run Hollytree Photo 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 December, 2015 - Australian Holly Shoebridge runs Hollytree Photo. Once a competitive surfer she’s ditched the singlet for a Canon and the latest Photoshop software. She’s savvy enough to know Mother Nature decides what happens when shooting photos and she rolls with it. Her images are a fresh riff on the standard surf-action porn found in the bulk of surf photography.

Holly's found a rhythm. She doesn’t mind putting in the long hours. Her work is better for it.

Where are you from and what you shoot with?
I grew up and currently reside on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia. I currently shoot with a Canon 7D MK II, an Aquatech housing and one of a few different lens'. The favourite lens at the moment is probably the 17-40mm Canon. Love a wide angle!

 

How did surf photography start for you?
I was a surfer since I was a wee tacker and have always had an affinity with the ocean. I've always loved art and photography but never picked up a camera until I was living overseas a few years back.  There was no ocean in sunny London to keep me entertained in my spare time so I started taking photos instead. When I moved back to Australia and was re-united with the ocean, it was like a beautiful love story, and I began to document everything with my little Canon. 

Share with us something that most people don’t know about surf photography.
It's a game of diligence and patience. Mother Nature decides what happens out there, it's not always turquoise water, sunshine and offshore barrels. The best days often require getting out of bed looong before the sun rises to get the best of the wind and the light, floating around for hours and only coming in with one shot that you are happy with. That's the beauty of it though, anything worth doing takes time and hard work. It's such a rewarding feeling when you capture that image you'd been conceptualising for days, weeks or months!

 

Tell us about that one time you almost died, on a surf trip or in the water. 
I wouldn't say I nearly died but at the time I probably thought otherwise ha! Back in the day I surfed competitively, and I was in a heat down at Bells Beach and the surf was rolling through consistently at around 6-8ft. That was more than enough to get the nerves very rattled. After making it out to the section they call the bowl, I sat up on my board briefly and had a breather. I looked out towards the horizon and saw what I thought was the biggest set I had ever seen in my life fast approaching. I don't think I even bothered paddling, I bailed, sucked in a couple of big ones and dove under. After that set finished putting me through the rinse, I didn't waste any time getting back to shore. Safe to say I didn't progress to the next round. A hot shower, a bacon and egg roll and the safety of dry land kept me happy for the rest of the day haha!

 

Name one image you saw that changed the way you approach photography
I don't think there was any one image that changed everything for me, there was one photographer though. Morgan Maassen. In particular, Morgan's slow shutter images of the ocean. The incredible textures, vibrant colours and peaceful vibe that is conveyed through each of his abstract images are simply mesmerizing.

You can follow @hollytreephoto on Instagram 

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