Interview With Ale Sellers Surf Photographer by Katherine Nielsen

Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself ?

Hello! I am Ale, 30, from Alicante, Spain.

I have been carrying cameras in my hand since I was a teenager, practising board sports since I was a child and I have lived by the sea all my life, that’s how I ended up as a photographer who specialises in surf.

I studied a bit of Graphic Design before working as a customer service and social media manager, content creator and creative designer. Photography was just a hobby until I decided to make the leap my job and lifestyle.

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What equipment do you use to create your images and why did you select it ?

Currently I am using a camera Canon 7D mark II, when I bought it I was shooting a lot of motorbikes, skate and surf from the land, so I was focused on a quick response camera, this one was the faster camera on the market, perfect for sports photography and sincerely I’m in love with it. I do miss, that it isn’t full frame.

I’m using 50mm, 24-70mm and 300mm.

I use an SPL A-series waterhousing with the 50mm.

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What would be your favourite lens and why ?

24-70mm is the most comfortable but I can’t say it is my favourite.

As a Female surf Photography do you come up against any challenges ?

Not as a female photographer, because there is value in your work not your gender.

But yes in daily life, especially in areas or countries with religions and people with closed minded, sometimes being a female makes it more difficult to do my job.

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Which photographers have inspired you, and how did they influence you ?

I was worked previously for 7 years in a surf/skate/snow shop I was inspired by all the pictures I found in magazines, catalogues and the publicity from brands. Later with Instagram I found even more images and artists, the most inspirational for me are:

Xué Gil Guidonet (@xuegil), when I met him few years ago in Portugal, he was a really young guy working as a photographer (that impressed me), I was so surprised with how passionate he was with his work and life, since then, everything he does I resonate with even more, because I know all the love he puts into creating.

Sebastien Zanella (@sebzanella), I imagine his camera is permanently hanging from his neck 24/7 and that’s why he has such magical content.

Benoit Lalande (@benn) Creates magic with Motos, surf & people. The movement he shows in his pictures is just spectacular, I love it!

And Finally: Josh Penn Soskin (@joshsoskin), check his account and you will understand why he is so inspirational.

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Do you think you need to be a surfer to shoot the ocean ?

I am not a surfer (I try), but I shoot the ocean.

It is not necessary to know how to surf, but you have to be comfortable, understand the sea conditions, how waves breaks and why, currents, tides, dangers, etc.

Three things you have learnt these past year ?

An amazing question, it takes exactly one year since I quit my “normal” life working in an office, based in my hometown, having experienced a difficult few months starting my journey as a full-time photographer, travelling and shooting.

So I learned a lot of things in this time. The most important:

  • Invest in your mind

  • Invest in your happiness

  • Invest in yourself

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What inspires your creative vision ?

Well, since the beginning photography has been a way to express what I like and what I do. Basically everything I am surrounded by and my word view.

I surround myself with music armed with pilot pen and my notebook to help draw the images I create in my head to shoot later on.

How have you developed your imagery over the years ? What steps have you taken to develop your work ?

My photos always have shown what my eyes see, and at the same time I have seen my own evolution through experimentation. In addition, I have been influenced by the different styles of photo editing that have become fashionable during the past of the years. I never stop learning, reading about photography and trying new things (lenses, accessories, etc.) all this is reflected in my work.


How would you describe your current photographic style ?

I would say is a contrast between aggressive sport style with a girly touch ✨

Have you ever had an experiences in the ocean that really scared you ?

Not really, I read about people who have come face to face with sharks, there are so incredible stories.

I have had bad experiences with the strong currents, ones in the Maldives the captain of our boat had to save me with a rope because as much I tried different ways to get back to the boat it was impossible.

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Do you have any projects you are currently working on ?

My project is to survive as a surf photographer! Hahaha As I mentioned before, it has been one year since I began this journey and the professional isn’t an easy path.

I have a my head full of ideas and projects that I hope to get into soon.

Finally do you have any advice for aspiring ocean photographers ?

Keep paddling and don’t copy other people.

As much as you will been in the water shooting, as much you will been get inspired and learning from others, will be as much you will found your own style and reliability.

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