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Former Australian Surfer Is Now a Professional Wave Photographer

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(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)

 

For many, the sea—with its crashing waves, soothing breezes, and warm sand—can be therapeutic. So much so that doctors used to prescribe it as treatment for depression. For one Australian photographer, the sea has become his entire life.

Warren Keelan, who lives on New South Wales’ Wollongong (part of an area that has some of the world’s best surfing) spends his time searching for the perfect wave to photograph, not ride. But there was a time when he would’ve gladly hung ten on any wave. For the 40-year-old photographer, the ocean has always been his muse, whether it was with a surfboard in his hand or camera. “I love the raw, unpredictable nature of water in motion and the way sunlight brings it all to life, from both above and below the surface,” Keelan tells RealClearLife.

(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)

 

His work captures this sentiment, distilling nature’s raw power into beauty. Through Keelan’s photographs, waves cease to become something identifiable and morph into some organic, abstract entity. Others have noticed and lauded the work of the seascape photographer. Keelan has won awards for his work in photo competitions like the International Photo Awards, Landscape Photographer of the Year, and the International Loupe Awards. Keelan also exhibits and sells his work through his gallery in Wollongong to domestic and international clients.

(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)
(Courtesy Warren Keelan)

 

To learn more about Keelan and view more of his work, visit his website here.