Gabe Coggan

Gabe Coggan

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

l am 18 years old and just commenced studying a ‘Bachelor Of Arts Screen Production’ at AFTRS (Australian Film Television & Radio School). I have lived on the south coast of NSW my whole life and first got into photography when I was given my first Gopro, Hero 1 at the age of twelve. I thought it was amazing, and then a year later on my 13th birthday I got a newer model, the Gopro Hero 3+ black edition and I couldn’t put it down. I was capturing all types of photographs and videos from snow trips to concerts and of course the ocean. When I discovered the burst feature on the Gopro which captured 60 photos in one second, I figured out that I would be able to capture a moving wave in a still image and in perfect focus. I then put it to the test at my local beach, Stanwell Park and I got the first of my many favourite wave photos. From this moment I’ve been hooked on the thought of capturing photographs of the ocean.

I’ve been influenced by the amazing photographer Clarke Little from Hawaii, who captures huge shore break waves, as well as Warren Keelan a local Wollongong photographer. The idea of Warren capturing his epic photos so close to my home, definitely inspired me to go out and capture more and more photographs of our local beaches. Warren has been a huge influence on my creative development as a seascape ocean photographer and has encouraged me to interpret what I see through the medium of photography and film. I recently experienced first-hand his creative mind and methods at work attending one of Warren’s Vagabond workshops. I got my hands on some of the ‘AquaTech’ housings, which was unreal. I have since purchased an ‘AquaTech Axisgo’ underwater camera housing along with the ultra-wide angle 6” dome port for my iPhone and the results are incredible, I’m having so much fun with it. This new housing is the main piece of equipment that I now use, along with my drone, they are both so much fun and capture some great moments. I have produced several calendars over the past three years and held my first photographic exhibition in 2019 at a great local café in Helensburgh called ‘The Cup Bearer’. It was such a great feeling to see my work printed, on show and being admired.

What excites you about getting out there escaping & creating?

What excites me about getting out there, escaping and creating, is the endless possibilities of the ever-changing shape and form of the ocean, you never know what is going to happen, what you might see and experience. Every time you go out and shoot, each momentary blink of the camera shutter, captures something different and unique.

What fascinates you about the ocean?

What fascinates me about the ocean is its ever-changing and unpredictable form, the different shapes and colours. It is raw, powerful, compelling and good for the mind and soul. Each day the ocean offers up something new, a new picture to be taken with its own story to tell.

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

I think it would probably be Iceland, to capture my two favourite landscapes, the ocean and snow-covered mountains, in the one frame. I feel as if the cool climate would allow for crisp and sharp images. Also, the colour of the white mountains and the crisp blues of the ocean would contrast well together.

Where can we follow your work? (Website / Social)

You can follow me through Instagram @gabrielcogganphoto or my website


  • Chris Stewart : March 29, 2020

    Congratulations Gabe on your beautiful phographs you will certainly go far in life ,your Mum Dad an sister must be so proud of you 👏👏 looking forward to seeing your next set of photos .

  • The Dugongs : March 29, 2020

    Your work is amazing!!! Well done Baby Dugong, we are so proud.

  • Darren Coggan : March 29, 2020

    Congratulations Gabe, this is so great and we are very proud of you! Thanks Vagabond for your support of aspiring photographers, legends!

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