Hobart-based photographer Stuart Gibson specialises in ocean photography. As Stuart’s photography work takes him overseas and his assignments are mostly to do with the ocean, he gets to hang out in cool places like Fiji. For a photographer and a surfer this would have to be one of the best jobs in the world. And according to Stuart, most of the time, it doesn’t feel like work. A typical day at work could mean shooting water photos or when he’s home in Tasmania he’s usually busy catching up on editing and drone photography jobs.
Here’s a peek into Stuart’s amazing life as an ocean photographer. Follow Stu’s adventures here @stugibson
How do you juggle your photography work and your Instagram account?
Photography kind of takes over your life so it’s not really a question of finding time to take photographs; rather it’s more like finding time when I’m not shooting or planning a shoot. Instagram is just another platform to show my images. I try not to get too caught up in it all. I just post a photo each day. It only takes a few minutes. I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years now and on Instagram for about three years.
How do you approach photography?
I don’t think about it too much, if it’s not fun for me to shoot, I find my images lack creativity. So I try to shoot things that interest me and things I would do for fun.
Is there anywhere in Tasmania you haven’t been?
I’ve been lucky enough to know a lot of fisherman so I’ve covered the majority of the Tassie coastline. There are some inland hikes in Tassie I’d like to tick off but my list is getting pretty short. Tassie is small but you can repeat so much because each place is always different from day to day.
My most memorable trip was the Discovery Surf trip to Pedra Branca (an islet in the Southern Ocean off the southern coast of Tasmania) in 2009.
Where would you take your Mum?
Beach or mountains?
Beach unless the mountains have snow
Orizuru but it recently closed. I’m looking for a new favourite!
South East Cape
Cremorne and Bicheno. I’d choose to live in Bicheno if I had to move somewhere else in Tasmania.
Most romantic place?
When things get too much where do you go to get away from it all?
Best places to photograph in Tasmania?
Do you have any advice for photographers (or surfers) visiting Tasmania?
Enjoy and good luck!