multi-coloured paint streaks

One of Australia’s most well-known photographer’s Sean Scott is best known for his underwater, sea-life and ocean photography. Here he tells LUX about his draw to the oceans and his new collection of work, titled FLOW. The images are an abstract collection of photographs that showcase Scott’s fascination with water and the movement of water.

1. What initially drew you to ocean photography?

I have always loved sharing and showing people things and found photography the best way to do this. As a kid I would sit out in the surf when the sun was setting and be amazed at how beautiful it all looked. I wanted to share that with people who didn’t get out into the water.

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As the saying goes. “Only a surfer knows the feeling”. I wanted to share that with people and photography has been the perfect tool to achieve this.

green and grey waves

2. What message do you think this new style of photography that you have done in this body of work sends in comparison to your more traditional photography style?

This is a new style of work that captures my fascination with water and the movement of water in an abstract way. I am constantly amazed by the natural patterns and the beauty of how water has shaped our world. These are a new range of fine art photographs that I plan to release in the near future.
the blue sea by a red rock

3. What’s your favourite time of day to be out with your camera and why?

I love being out at first and last light. I love to shoot contrast and this is the best time of the day to capture the incredible colours and patterns of mother nature.

grey pink and white paint

4. Do you think AI art, such as MidJourney, can be as valuable as traditional art or photography produced by humans?

I think the concept is artistic in itself so whoever first worked with it has a vision that is creative. However, I don’t see a long term future in this space but who know’s. There is still so much to learn. I still love being about to be out and just feel that next photograph.
multi-colours streaking

5. Where in the world has surprised you the most with its scenery?

I love loads of different places. I do a lot of trips to Canada and Switzerland that always blows me away with it’s beauty. Over the last 5 years I have really explored my own back yard and being able to live and work in some of Australia’s most remote locations has been incredible and some of the experiences I will never forget.
However I find photography is the tool for my passion and there is always something beautiful wherever you are. You just need to learn to see and it’s right there to be photographed. It’s the search that opens your eyes to all the beautiful images right in front of you.
the blue sea from a satellite view with sand that looks like waves

6. How, if at all, has your photography changed over the years?

Thats a hard one. For me I am still just as inspired as ever to just get out there and share what I love about this beautiful planet. I change direction all the time but without any real plan. Whether that be swimming under water, flying drones, driving in the outback or watching the sunrise in a helicopter, the possibilities are endless and being able to be out in the environment living these experiences keep me inspired to keep searing for that next image. It’s not often that all the things the make a great image all come together but when they do they are simply breathtaking moneys that I will always treasure.