Australian photographer Woody Gooch’s work would be equally at home in a modern art gallery or a surf magazine. His aesthetic doesn’t often cater to the high-action, high-zoom imagery, and his favorite subjects aren’t plastered all over high performance-driven advertisements. He’s not concerned with the latest tricks or the number of stickers on one’s surfboard. Instead, his goal is to immerse the viewer in a moment that feels tangible and relatable - as though you were watching the moment happen right before your very eyes.
Over the past few years, photography has led Woody around the world, from the far stretches of Indonesia and Morocco, back to his beautiful home zone of Noosa, and through the western world, too. With subjects ranging from Ryan Callinan and Dusty Payne to Harrison Roach and Derrick Disney, enjoy this little voyage through the lens of one of surf photography’s modern nomads and imagine yourself in each moment, as if you were swimming in those waters, or standing alongside, feet in the sand. -Garrett James
Title Photo & Above: Derrick Disney, Morocco. "You can see how sharp the rocks are that line the shore at this spot. The guys were coming in at dark after one of our first sessions. They’d missed a few opportunities and keyholes to lip in, so they basically had to ride up on to these rocks to get out. As Kai [Hing] was getting out, the wave he rode up had washed out and caught his footing, making him fall backwards down toward the water. It was so sketchy. We were scared because those rocks are so sharp, they’ll go straight through your head. He came out with a few cuts and was fine."