Vagabond Tahiti Adventure 2019 - Andy Owen

Vagabond Tahiti Adventure 2019 - Andy Owen

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into photography? 51yr old Middle aged white male, here for a good time not a long time! Great grand mother had a box browny which fascinated me as a child, In 1983 bought my first cameras, A second hand Pentax K2 SLR with a 500mm lens from a pawn shop and an in-water Hanimex Amphibian, bright yellow box which took a 110 cassette of film. Grew up on the Sunshine Coast taking photos of my mates and wondering why my shots weren’t like the ones in the magazines Terry Kavanagh took for LINEUP. Terry was the local legend photographer of the day and always thought he had the coolest job ever.

What fascinates you about the ocean? And more specifically, ocean photography?
The Ocean is like no other place, she marches to the beat of her own drum, sometimes calm and mesmerising, somewhat inviting and other days in fits of rage, daring anybody and everybody to challenge her so she can just put you in your place and make you feel minute. I always feel as if I am a guest of hers and treat her with the up most respect, to disrespect is at your own peril.
In photographing her, it is trying to capture those moods and those who dare to challenge her. Constantly Fascinated!

How was the Vagabond workshop at Tahiti, fav moments and what was the experience like sharing the ocean with like-minded people and also getting to hang out with and learning from Domenic Mosqueira & Russell Ord??
The workshop is a great idea for the reasons of that we were all at the same place at the same time, taking photos of the same thing with such different results all as individual as the photographers that took them. Inspiring us all to open our eyes and minds to other options.

Having Dom and Ordy there was bait like playing a round of golf with Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, they would offer advice and tips. Before you knew it you were starting to hit the ball and get on the green in a couple of shots, instead of 1000’s of shots.
They were always keen to pass on there knowledge and tips, were always as stoked as you were when you got the hole in one!

Favourite moment was spending the day watching as Tehaupoo fired on all cylinders and coming away with a few keepers.

What is the most adventurous thing you did at the workshop that has taken you out of your comfort zone? Getting caught on the inside at Tehaupoo, getting my fins blown off, swimming like fuck and thinking next time I will do some serious training and treat the break with a lot more respect!

How was your stay at Vanira Lodge?
Vanira Lodge was top shelf Great staff, Great food, Great rooms very comfortable that all part of the ecosystem environment up on the hill over looking the lagoon and reefs surrounding the Island.

Where is your next big adventure?

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


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