Ocean is the deepest and an enormous thing having its raw and immense power which can make anyone feel small and weak and it can even frighten you. And no doubt it is beautiful, magnificent and incredibly gorgeous. An Australian photographer Lloyd Meudell is devoted to capturing this enormous beauty.
“I’ve always been interested in photography and I’ve also surfed my whole life,” Lloyd said. “After seeing some of Clark Little’s shore break images a few years back I decided to give ocean photography a go purely because it looked like so much fun!”
Lloyd Meudell on his daily routine of chasing the curve of the ocean in the early hours of the morning. Based in the small coastal town of Kiama, Australia, Lloyd stares into the rising sun as it pops over the horizon each morning making it’s daily rounds. When the light and swell combine you can be sure to find Lloyd capturing the many moods on offer. After realizing he had an eye for photography it was quick progression from riding waves to shooting them. When we asked Lloyd who influences him the answer might surprise you, “To be honest I have too many, some of the shots I see on Instagram on a daily basis are amazing and from totally unknown people. I’ve always loved the art of Surrealism, so I guess guys like Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte have shaped the way I look and capture things. The ocean itself inspires me more than any other as it’s always changing”.
Most of his photographs are taken around the area where he lives on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. For him, the hardest part is waiting for the right conditions: “Waiting for the elements to align e.g. tides, swell, winds, light can be frustrating at times.” However, everything pays off and Lloyd couldn’t be happier when he’s laying in the water with amazing light and pumping waves.
Lloyd, like many artists, works a “full-time” job to support his family as a painter and decorator five days a week, and has been doing this for quite a while and hopes that his passion for photography can see him painting with pixels over the traditional brush work. Social media has played a big part in showing his work to a larger audience and out of the thousands of people following, one day Lloyd got a little surprise.
Watch that’s how Lloyd captured all these pictures: