As we drown in 'content', Marlee Owen's #surfphotography pops out: capturing the amazing colours of the #SunshineCoast in Australia and the ever-changing texture of the #ocean, it naturally begets the question: can surf photography be art?
@marleeowenphoto's pop colours, eye-grabbing texture play and evocative slow-shutter recreate the sense of wonder we experience as #surfers. Which is a deliberate process for Marlee, who exhorts fellow photographers to 'make art, not content': '"That comment kind of has two meanings for me. It came to me when I was sitting out in the #surf one day thinking. In one way, it’s a bit of a stab at all the ‘content creators’ out there; people just filling up their Instagram with mindless images of no substance. Secondly, it’s something I say to myself when I’m out there shooting, to give me the motivation to try something different, maybe a new technique. I push myself to create something from the conditions, the situation, creating my own perception, rather than just shooting blindly." Shooting mostly in #Noosa at sunrise and sunset, Marlee draws great inspiration from the local scene, from @kanebrownphoto, @woodygphoto to ocean study masters such as @raycollinsphoto and @lloydmeudell. But as a true grafter who's not afraid to spend hours hunting the improbable, Marlee has a style slowly coming into his own.
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