Interview With Sean Scott

Sean Scott is one of Australia’s premier ocean, surf and landscape photographers. Based on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, Scott is a gallery owner and water enthusiast. Here he reveals to Tiffany Reed Briley about photographing under the water, starting a gallery business and staying passionate about creating art

Sean, how did you get started in photography?

I have always been into photography, but I got right into it about 15-20 years ago. I was taking a trip to Tasmania with my fiancée at the time. and I had a small point and shoot camera. I was taking many photos on the way south and on the boat crossing to Tasmania. Once we got there, I purchased a second hand film SLDR camera. During that trip I taught myself how to photograph with film.

When did it become a career for you?

Being based in the Gold Coast of Australia, always being a surfer, always being in the water and seeing all these beautiful views, I was thinking about how I could show my mom or my friends what I can see in the water. That’s when I first started to think about ocean photography, and started to think about water housing. My first water housing was from AquaTech for my Canon 3 camera. When you are looking from within the sea during sunset and the waves are going all golden, you just can’t see these views from the land. I started capturing this sort of scenes and people were responding in a very good way.

At that time I was working on a day job as an electrician, climbing power poles. In my spare time I was learning the craft of photography. I then started displaying and selling images at local markets at the beach front. I used to hand make the frames on my deck at home. People started buying and I reinvested that money into better gear and equipment. It was probably a couple of years later that ...

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Tiffany Briley

Tiffany Reed Briley currently lives in Charleston, SC with her husband. They own Charleston Photography Tours and The Photography Workshop Company. Tiffany is on staff at The Landscape Photography Magazine and Wild Planet Photo Magazine. Raised in Alberta, Canada she enjoys photographing the seascapes of Charleston, the majestic vistas of the Canadian Rockies, and is always ready for the next adventure awaiting her.

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