INTERVIEW WITH SURF PHOTOGRAPHER A GOPRO AMBASSADOR @mitch_gilmore_
Mitch captures waves with the most incredible clarity and he does it all with a GoPro. The best part about Mitch’s work is that it showcases the ocean without the need for insanely expensive equipment. This also identifies his skill and unique understanding of the surf he captures.
Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself?
Originally from Victoria, my family and I moved to the GC when I was 3 years old and I instantly fell in love with the ocean, all my life I have been bodyboarding, surfing and everything else that can be done at the beach. After seeing the first photo I ever captured on my Gopro Hero 3, I was instantly addicted photography.
Can you give a breakdown of the equipment you use to create your images?
Easy done... I use everything Gopro (cameras and mounts) and I have a Gdome housing.
What inspired you to get into photography?
Overcrowding on the Goldie surf beaches. I am a competitive person though in a solitary way, fighting for waves (surfing) was never my thing but I kept doing it because I loved the ocean, now I have found a way to enjoy waves and beat the crowds.... even though there are usually a few photogs in the water with me haha, but I love that.
Which photographers have influenced you the most?
I think most people on the Goldcoast draw a lot of inspiration from the original GC ocean photog Sean Scott, and blokes like Ben Thouard and Robbie Crawford are why I started doing this whole photography thing.
What image are you currently most proud of?
Oddly enough it's not a wave photo, recently I had the pleasure of staying at the Marriott in surfers paradise on the GC and I took a sneaky selfie with the local puffer fish that hangs out in their pool.
How would you describe your photographic style?
Clarity I think is the easiest way to describe it. I love crystal clear water and intense highlights.
Have you ever had an experience in the ocean that really scared you?
Luckily I have never met the man in the grey suit (shark) though there has been plenty of experiences where I have been hit by surf boards or thrown onto the sand... no injuries as yet haha.
What do you hope people feel when they look at your work?
Sometimes confused haha I like when people have to try and understand how I got the shot. It means it is unique I suppose, but realistically I hope people grow a stronger love for the ocean and how beautiful it is.
Finally do you have any advice for aspiring ocean photographers?
Shoot all the time. Seriously, in every condition, I used to shoot every morning and afternoon (ask my partner haha) for it to become something you love you need to put the time in, not just shooting but editing and also reading weather conditions, it's not solely about taking a photo.