Meet pho­tog­ra­pher and nurse An­rielle Hunt, who’s from the epi­cen­tre of surf­ing hip­ness

Surf Girl - - – Snap Shot – - – By­ron Bay.

‘Wel­come to By­ron Bay – cheer up, slow down and chill out.’ This is the first thing you’ll read when you ar­rive in the town where I was born and raised. I com­pleted my ed­u­ca­tion here, af­ter which I went on to study a Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing at univer­sity. Why nurs­ing? Why not a surf in­struc­tor or a pro­fes­sional busker? I grew up trav­el­ling the world with my mother, and de­cided from a young age that I wanted to have a ca­reer in which I could ex­pe­ri­ence con­stant change, earn a de­cent in­come and some­thing in de­mand enough that I could travel, cul­ti­vate my pas­sions and – above all else – surf with­out sac­ri­fic­ing my life­style.

Surf­ing and art have al­ways been a sig­nif­i­cant part of my life. Surf­ing be­came an un­wa­ver­ing part of my life; all my life choices be­came fo­cussed around places where I could surf. I find surf­ing awe in­spir­ing at times: the way we move, the way the ocean moves and the colours of the sky at sun­set. Art is all around us when we’re out in the el­e­ments.

Pho­tog­ra­phy al­ways stood out to me, par­tic­u­larly film pho­tog­ra­phy; the abil­ity to cap­ture a smile, a laugh or a look in the eye. You have to be pa­tient to wait for those mo­ments, but when you catch them the out­come is that much sweeter.

My ear­li­est mem­ory of my fa­ther is of him hold­ing me on his hip walk­ing out into what felt

like a big, an­gry sea. He taught me how to read the ocean with­out fear. To sim­ply know that as long as you can find the sand you will al­ways find the sur­face. We would wake up at 5:30am most morn­ings and cul­ti­vate a deep love of surf­ing. There’s noth­ing quite like look­ing out to the hori­zon and feel­ing the still­ness in your bones.

As we get older we seem to go through many dif­fer­ent stages. At one point I was in a stage where I felt stuck and unin­spired. I didn’t come from an up­bring­ing that en­cour­aged cre­ative risk, but I’m for­tu­nate enough to be in a very pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship, and my part­ner en­cour­aged me to think big. He chal­lenged me on what I would do if I could do any­thing, and I replied, “I would be in the ocean doc­u­ment­ing mo­ments in time”. I bought a wa­ter­proof 35mm film cam­era and 20 rolls of film on the spot.

Then came the tran­si­tion of tak­ing pho­tos from the land to the ocean. It’s sig­nif­i­cantly more chal­leng­ing when you’re try­ing to swim in the right spot, dodge rogue boards and surfers, pre­dict the ocean and surfers’ move­ments, frame the shot and take the photo at the per­fect mo­ment.

Be­ing able to doc­u­ment mo­ments that cap­ture a feel­ing is such a priv­i­lege. I love to pho­to­graph real women who live and breathe the ocean. If the surf is fun I will drop the cam­era, but I am of­ten just as sat­is­fied be­ing in the ocean surf­ing or shoot­ing. Salt­wa­ter medicine is the best medicine. There’s noth­ing I haven’t been able to fig­ure out one way or an­other in the big blue.

Fol­low An­rielle on In­sta­gram: an­rielle­hunt

My­self and my flo­ral an­thro­po­log­i­cal sea queen Lucy Small @salt­wa­ter­pil­grim in our favourite swim­suits ever

Grace­ful 10 - Ka­rina Ro­sunk„.

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