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.”