Joel Sharpe

 Joel Sharpe

Joel Sharpe

 I’m a 28 years old from Melbourne, Australia. I studied Film and Television and have spent the last 10 years travelling at every possible opportunity. I’ve spent the past 3 years in Central America making a feature length surf documentary and taking photos along the way.

 

How did you get into surf photography? My passion for surf photography grew out of a love for filmmaking and surfing. I’ve always made films but never really took photos until filmmaking became more of an occupation. Photography started to interest me because it was another reason to be in the water and it forced me to dig for inspiration and capture something interesting with every frame. I like the way it makes you focus on every beautiful detail out in the water.

Where is your favourite place to shoot? My favourite place to shoot is Salsa Brava in the caribbean of Costa Rica.

What is your favourite photograph you’ve ever taken? This barrel has to be my favourite because I took it on one of those days that don’t really look like much. My expectations were low but I went out and had a bit of fun, then the light became really nice and the wind went a little offshore and suddenly I had this shot. To me the shape and clarity of the image is just so beautiful. It just simply makes me fall in love with surfing again and again.

Favourite surfer to shoot? My favourite surfer to shoot is Juan Hernandez of El Salvador. He rides a boogie board standing up on his feet and he shreds super hard. Plus he’s a really chill guy and super happy to be in the water. I made a film about him which you can see here below

 

A past surf Trip? Probably the craziest place I’ve ever shot was at Puerto Escondido, Mexico. I got Dengue Fever upon arrival, which knocked me out for a couple of weeks. The worst was trying to swim out with my camera after I had recovered. I probably didn’t quite have my strength back and those waves were brutal.