Domenic Quaranta

Domenic Quaranta

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

I am a digital marketing specialist living in Sydney’s West. It was about 15 years ago when I first picked up a camera, I fell in love straight away and decided to study it formally after school. Even though I enjoyed it years ago I would never have thought that years down the track I would be so heavily invested and involved in photography. I have always been drawn and fascinated to the ocean and everything about it since a young kid, however, I never really gave it much thought in terms of an art medium. This all changed about 6 years ago when I stopped pursuing photography as a career and used it more as an expression of idea and release from the everyday stresses of life. I began focusing more of my photographic journey on what I love the most: the ocean and its ever-changing landscapes. After scouring almost every coastal spot in NSW, I decided it was time for some new challenges. I shifted into shooting primarily from the water as opposed to staying dry on the shore, I now look back at this as a very important shift in direction of photography that I am heading now. I realised that I had fused both of my passions into one. I often hear this phrase used a lot and it is pretty cliched but I can't find any other way to put it. On my first session in the water with the housing, I knew this would be something that I would devote all my time and energy towards. I haven’t looked back from that moment.

What excites you about getting out there escaping & creating?

I think a big driving factor for me getting out into the field shooting is the fact that I work an office job. Being locked in 4 walls for 5 days a week often drives a huge longing for getting out and escaping wherever I can for the weekend. I have been shooting most weekends routinely for about 6 years now, travelling up and down the NSW coast in search of empty beaches and golden light. When I started shooting from the water, my mindset about photography was invigorated and it felt like I was starting photography all over again. Everything I had previously learnt formally and informally had dissolved and I was presented with a whole new list of challenges in not only photography, but also in reading and understanding the ocean, the relationship between water and light, and the great characters that also call the ocean their home.

What fascinates you about the ocean?

What fascinates me the most about the ocean is how terrified I am of it. Knowing how powerful, dangerous and unpredictable the ocean can be regularly plays on the mind. I have learnt over the years is that even though the ocean is such a peaceful and beautiful place, it must be respected. I remember on one big particular day I underestimated the power and force of the current and was dragged out of my depths (literally) – from that day forward I always take the time to sit and read the ocean before running in straight away. Another thing I am fascinated about is what the ocean does to the mind. When I am out in the ocean whether it be for a popping sunrise or amongst the guys in the line up I feel alive and nothing else has ever come close to giving me that feeling. When I get home from a morning shoot and download all my images, it brings me straight back to that moment – and that’s what keeps me going back for more and more. 

If there was one destination you could travel to and photography where would it be?

I think this list grows every day! If I had to pinpoint one place it would probably be the islands of Tahiti, the laidback culture and the amazing views of mountains meeting the ocean would be amazing to document. One of my goals since a kid has been to dive with Manta Rays and humpback whales, so once this COVID is done and dusted I think I will be trying to smash that goal by the end of the year.

Where can we follow your work? Web/Social

@domforty Instagram website


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