CHRIS GURNEY - photographer
Western Australia is one of the most remote places in the world. Filled with snakes, crocodiles, and just about every other deadly thing you can imagine, it's inhospitable edge of the Outback Desert borders a marvelous thing: the Indian Ocean. And exploring it's wild waters is Chris Gurney, an incredibly prolific young photographer. Chris's work both amplifies the chaos of some of the world's most extreme waves, and the loneliness of the sea. We caught up with him to see what he's up to and where he's going...
Who are you?
I am Chris Gurney, 24 years old from Perth, Western Australia.
Describe your medium & process for your work...
I try to tell a story about my subject while allowing for wonder and curiosity. I find the photos that inspire me the most leave something to the imagination, usually just simple observations about a person, place or thing.
How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I became interested in photography as a teenager after seeing the work of a few Western Australian photographers. Their work was generally shot on saturated, contrasty slide films like Fuji Velvia and it perfectly captured the feeling I got when I explored the coastline around home. It was like you could feel, smell and see the beach just from a photo. Lately I have been shooting these same films and have been more satisfied with these images than just about anything else I've shot. Maybe because it takes me back to those early memories. These days my biggest influence is the people, land and seascapes of my native state, Western Australia. It's an amazing place.
What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I'm mostly excited about future subjects, places I want to visit and document. Just in Western Australia, there is so much I want to immerse myself in. I struggle with being subjective about my own work, there are very few images I have shot that I am really happy with, but that's probably what keeps me going in many ways. I'm looking forward to doing some personal work I hope will fill this void.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I'd like to get back to those early inspirations I talked about with my own work, evoking that vastness and space we all love about the ocean. Ideally, I'd just like to keep progressing with my work, travelling, exploring and enjoying myself.