Woody Gooch is 20 years old and having the best time of his life. Between filling passports, winning awards and shooting global campaigns, he is firing on all cylinders. While he may be a surf and skate rat at heart, Woody has a mighty talent for shooting everything to cross in front of his lens, which has led for him to create an incredibly broad and captivating body of work. We caught up with him on the heels of launching his new website, which will take many long hours to truly appreciate...
1. Who are you?
I'm Woody Gooch, 20 years of age and I'm currently living in the central district of Tokyo, Japan.
2. Describe your medium & process for your work...
I capture motion. I started photographing skating at the age of 14 and moved into the surf scene. As I surfed for a hobby I wanted to understand how to document a daily surf or any sort of experience in the ocean with friends the way I visually saw things. I'm more immersed in taking the things that are happening in between those "moments" that people wait for.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I would borrow my fathers nikon d40 to photograph my afternoons down at my local skatepark with friends. We would all switch and trade until we all have a new picture for Facebook. It grew on me and I realised I loved to freeze moments that only occur once. I am only 19 and photography has opened up my world to people, the ocean, places and laughter, every day and every night. It gives me hope and excitement. It allows you to touch people. This is what makes me passionate about photography.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
Not knowing what tomorrows going to do or present to me. I like feeling unprepared with my photography, plenty of my most memorable trips and moments have been slammed right in front of me with a choice to move forward or turn out.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I've got a handful of personal projects I'm tackling this year. I'm starting a journey from northern Japan to Russia for 5-6 weeks in the middle of the which has been on a list thats going to be rubbed out now. I'm ready to open plenty of doors, genres and understand how I want to visually show my next level of work. I look forward to sharing my journey.