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The Immense Force and Beauty of the Ocean in 11 Images

 Growing up on the coast of Australia, the ocean had been a constant in the life of the photographer Luke Shadbolt. “I feel like, for anyone who has grown up with the ocean as their playground, there is an unspoken calling that takes place. It might be every day, or maybe once a month or even less, but eventually, you need to get back to the ocean to reset,” Luke explained in a recent interview. 

The relationship with the ocean grew stronger during Luke’s teens, which he spent mostly surfing. As an art student at university, he fell in love with photography. Shooting the waves was the ultimate way to combine his two passions. 

Luke’s exploration of the ocean resulted in some fascinating and powerful image, showcasing its vastness and multiple forms.

 
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
Luke shares that he usually goes into a project with a certain vision in mind, but the reliance on nature should always be taken into account. A lot of the conditions for certain photographs only align once or twice a year in specific locations. "It can be frustrating when the swell or sun or wind don’t cooperate how you’d envisaged in your mind, but I like to have that flexibility and draw on the experience of being in the moment."
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
"Just being around the ocean is the best part. It’s kind of like a reset button or a form of meditation. I feel very privileged to experience these extremities of nature, it really is about the experience more than anything, the resulting photos are always just a simulacrum."
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
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11 Powerful Images of the Ocean by Luke Shadbolt
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Source for all images: Luke Shadbolt
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