Waterman Hawaii is the adopted home of Sean Davey, widely respected as one of the world’s top surf photographers. Sean is a surf specialist but his unique photographic style is applied to all the subjects he likes to shoot, and is driven by a profound artistic sensitivity. His award winning work has been widely exhibited and his book ‘Oceans’ is a superb collection of beautiful images that are a testament to his creative vision. “My main interest has always been not only to document but also to capture artistically what I see, regardless of whether it is surf, portraits, or sunrises”. As a surfer himself, Sean is well qualified to shoot surfing subjects, and is in a good position to know what it takes to get the best shots. “I had no real interest in photography till I took that first picture. I’d say that shooting water shots at big Pipeline and Backdoor with a fisheye lens is probably the most extreme of all when it comes to radical places to put yourself and your equipment, and all for the sake of a picture. It really is quite amazing what lengths people now go to, in order to get that extra special picture. For example, in Tahiti this year there were surfers using jet-skis to tow-in to the largest, most dangerous tubes ever ridden at one of the worlds most dangerous surf breaks, Teahupoo. Everybody who was there that day, said that it was a miracle that no-one died or at the very least was seriously injured. It was pretty ridiculous to see how far they pushed their luck that day. Even the photographers were in great danger just because of the size of the waves and the unpredictable nature of the surf break. One boat nearly got trashed and its photographer was thrown overboard, losing a $7,000 camera rig. Travel is also a major theme running through Seans’s work, and he has had assignments in a wide range of locations all over the Pacific region, as well as in Europe. “I really enjoy the travel aspect of my work too, not so much the travelling itself, but shooting new locations is always of great interest, especially rugged out of the way locations with expansive mountain backdrops. To me, the backdrops are often more important than the wave itself, as they ultimately determine the individuality of the image, way more than any wave can on it’s own. With his wide ranging interests in the world around him, as well as a passion for surfing, Sean continues to have the fresh enthusiasm and creative ideas that are the mark of all great photographers, who recognise that their work is like an ongoing journey, with no final destination. “I’ve always said that photography truly is an endless canvas. There are always many different ways with which to translate an idea into an image on film. Photography is just as alive, vibrant and refreshing as it’s ever been. It’s good to see. There are so many ideas in my head that I’m yet to go after. It’s really a matter of thinking of something and applying it physically, which isn’t always so easy, but then that’s beauty of it”.