Featured Photographer: Joel Coleman

24 June 2015

Joel Coleman photographs the sea and beyond. He is an adventurer, a story-teller and a creative who uses photography to share his perspective.

Joel spends as much time in nature as possible, generally around the ocean, and is one of Australia’s leading photographers recognised globally for his signature style of photography. Starting at age 14, Joel was photographing sports carnivals for his school magazine and, by age 17, he was photographing professionally around school hours and spending his remaining free time in the darkroom. Working as a dive instructor in his 20’s allowed him to experiment and later master underwater photography, which now makes up a large part of his key collection of images.

Today Joel is a surfer, a mentor, a teacher, a published writer and an exquisite photographer. He is based in Sydney, Australia, and photographs worldwide.

“In a world where artists of all disciplines relish in their abilities to create and wallow in the praise of their achievements, I believe that what I do is merely on loan to me. The natural world already exists. I did not create it. I take the best photographs I can by constantly improving my technical skills.

The creative concept work that I produce is dreamt up. We all have dreams, I simply sketch mine out then re-build them using available tools, props, lights and people. I then rely again on that technical knowledge that I have spent my life perfecting and create the best possible photographs.

I travel to as many places as I can on this earth, I am fascinated by the natural world and want nothing more than to spend my time photographing it. I share my journeys through my photographic journal in both images and words.

Call me an artist, call me a storyteller, call me an adventure photographer, call me whatever you want. I call myself a person willing to spend time learning. And when the opportunity presents itself, I put that knowledge to use. I believe that patience and persistence pay off and, when the all the elements align, I’ll get the shot.”

Website: www.joelcoleman.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/joelcoleman_/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saltmotion

Queenscliff Cave at Sunrise, Northern Beaches

Queenscliff Cave at Sunrise, Northern Beaches

Fairy Bower, Manly

A Million Miles From Care, Fairy Bower, Manly

Flying Shadows, Manly Beach

Flying Shadows, Manly Beach

Queenscliff Headland, Northern Beaches

Queenscliff Headland, Northern Beaches

sunrise at Manly Beach

Washing Away Footsteps, sunrise at Manly Beach

The Autumn Ocean, Freshwater Beach

The Autumn Ocean, Freshwater Beach

Manly Beach, New Years Day

Manly Beach, New Years Day

Sydney Icons by Night - Sydney Harbour

Sydney Icons by Night – Sydney Harbour

Shelly Beach, Northern Beaches

Shelly Beach in the Summer, Northern Beaches

over looking Manly and Freshwater Beach

From the City to Paradise, over looking Manly and Freshwater Beach

through the wave - Queenscliff Beach

Glass Cylinders, taken through a wave at Queenscliff Beach

Airstreams and Clouds - Manly Beach

Airstreams and Clouds – Manly Beach

Freshwater Beach Panorama, Northern Beaches

Freshwater Beach Panorama, Northern Beaches

Golden Bower Mist, Fairy Bower; Manly at dawn

Golden Bower Mist, Fairy Bower; Manly at dawn

Manly Beach Perfection

Manly Beach Perfection

looking back toward Manly

The Green Autumn Eye – looking back toward Manly

Manly Wharf and Manly Beach

The Harbour and the Ocean – Manly Wharf and Manly Beach

Shelly Beach; Manly

Umbrellas and Sunscreen, Shelly Beach; Manly from a helicopter

  • Chris Abbott

    Such an amazing and talented photographer

  • Mary Patricia

    Spectacular gallery ~

  • Manuel Barros

    Fantastic ! Thanks for guiving me the pleasure of admiring such beautiful places – through your eyes !