The unique visual world of ocean waves

Waves Catalogue

Waves Catalogue

I’ve been taking pictures since late 1977, which makes it more than 35 years that I’ve been squeezing the shutter to capture those magic fleeting moments.

Sean Davey at 1 year old.

Sean Davey at 1 year old.

Some family history here; As a very young child (about 3 years old) my mother took my brothers and I to the beach one day and told us to sit on the sand, which we did, while she entered the water. Suddenly this water opened up it’s mouth and ate her up, at least that’s how it looked to this young toddler when a wave reared up and broke clean over the top of mum. Amazingly, I wasn’t phsychogicaly scarred by this moment however. If anything, I was fascinated and always had been very, very into trips or outings to the beach.
This carried through to the first day that I happened to take a photograph I was 15 years old and living at Bronte beach in Sydney’s south and had just arrived home from school, looking to have a surf. I sat there watching perfect 6 inch waves marching into the beach, wishing I could shrink down and surf them. Then I remembered the battered old Kodak 126 Instamatic camera that was sitting in the back of the wardrobe for the past 4 years, unused. So I raced home, grab the camera and set back to the beach.

Sean Davey's 1st Photograph

Sean Davey’s 1st Photograph

I shot just the one picture and though it’s a far cry from what I produce these days, it is just the same an important step in the journey that has been my photographic life, so far. To see more of my life long collection of amazing wave moments, take a look at the cool gallery, above…

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