Small-scale work makes waves in new surfing book
WITH the world of surfing photography filled with massive waves, and mostly men, Yamba’s Deb Morris decided the way to be big was to go small.
After a career in the corporate world, Ms Morris swapped her heels for her boardshorts and started photographing the small-scale waves.
And following critical success for her unique surfscapes, Ms Morris will be featured in Nikon’s 100th anniversary book release celebrating the best surf photographers. She is the only female to make the cut.
“Each wave has its own personality. For me anyway it’s personality not just a wave, they take on different shapes and colours,” she said.
“In 2010 I happened to take a photo of a wave that I thought was great, and it inspired me to start fiddling with it.
“In 2012 things took a big change when I came second in the Shutterbug award and got massive international press, and it just took off.”
Ms Morris then entered the yearly Nikon Surf Awards, run by Nikon and Surfing Australia. For each of the following three years her miniature scale work placed 11th, 6th and 9th, and her inclusion in the book has come as a direct result of her placings.
“The best surf photographers of Australia will be in there, and I’m really shocked. My work is definitely left field, which is really good,” she said.
Ms Morris sells her work privately through her website, and has exhibited in South Korea, Russia, France, Japan, Spain and other countries, as well as licensing work for companies for websites, logos and magazines.
And despite the unpredictable nature of the surf, Ms Morris, who uses no water housing to protect her camera when working, has only had one camera taken by the sea.
“And it wasn’t even in the water,” she said.
“A freak wave came up to where we were sitting and took everything from our site.”
Ms Morris’s work can be viewed at her website debmwaveart.webs.com and on Instagram and Facebook.
JUST after 9am on Saturday a throng of Clarence Valley kids took over the streets of Grafton to celebrate and launch the 2017 Jacaranda Festival with a special Bendigo Bank Children’s Morning.
A parade of children from schools and community groups across the region proudly marched down Prince Street while holding up their interpretation of the Grafton Bridge 85 Years theme, now on display at Grafton Shoppingworld for all to see.
With quite an impressive display of banners, it was a tough decision for the judges, who eventually selected Clarence Valley Anglican School, which featured a granny on their banner to represent the age of the bridge.
But the fun didn’t end there. Most kids partied on while dressed as their favourite character in the hopes of nabbing a prize.
It had been a nervous wait for mums and dads who had entered their little ones in the Beautiful Baby Competition. Emily Straw was awarded Grand Champion Baby, with mum Hannah thrilled with the win.
“She’s a pretty happy kid,” Ms Straw said. “Emily loves running around, she loves animals and is a big climber. We’re pretty lucky to have her.”
Deb Morris (pictured bottom tight) small scale surf images are featured in Nikon’s 100th anniversary book celebrating the best of Australian surf photography. PHOTOS: DEB MORRIS
Grand Champion of the Beautiful Baby competition Emily Straw with mum Hannah.
Clarence Valley Anglican Primary School won first prize for the March of Youth Banner competition.
A throng of children dressed as their favourite characters is eager to find out who won the costume competition.
A few last-minute photographs with the Junior Jacaranda candidates.