Ocean Calling

13 Apr 2010 0 Share

Dino Adrian at Super Tubes, South West WA. I work with Dino a lot at home, he’s always charging hard and knows the barrel really well. I like this shot, he’s on the full weaving speed run. He’s really hooking along here.

Dino Adrian at Super Tubes, South West WA. I work with Dino a lot at home, he’s always charging hard and knows the barrel really well. I like this shot, he’s on the full weaving speed run. He’s really hooking along here.

A Scott Bauer Portfolio - From The Surfers Path.

This is Anthony Walsh. He’s got a little camera rig he’s been mounting on his boards and a backpack set up. This day was a beautiful sunny day, only about 3-4ft. The water was so clear so I took the opportunity to shoot underwater. Walshy was having a little play shooting a few frames of his brother Steve. I was pretty stoked on this shot.

This is Anthony Walsh. He’s got a little camera rig he’s been mounting on his boards and a backpack set up. This day was a beautiful sunny day, only about 3-4ft. The water was so clear so I took the opportunity to shoot underwater. Walshy was having a little play shooting a few frames of his brother Steve. I was pretty stoked on this shot.

Dino Adrian: South West WA. I’ve been shooting this beachy for well over 10 years now and still one of my favourite places to shoot.

Dino Adrian: South West WA. I’ve been shooting this beachy for well over 10 years now and still one of my favourite places to shoot.

Kekoa Cazimero from Hawaii back in July this year in Bali. Only a handful of guys out, and super fun. I got slapped on the reef this session. The fact that I’d cut my leg didn’t faze me, but that I’d torn my favorite board shorts really hurt.

Kekoa Cazimero from Hawaii back in July this year in Bali. Only a handful of guys out, and super fun. I got slapped on the reef this session. The fact that I’d cut my leg didn’t faze me, but that I’d torn my favorite board shorts really hurt.

Milky Way: The stars up in the desert are crazy. I’ve never seen the Milky Way like that anywhere else. I’m happy with a little fire on the beach watching the stars. I can sit there for hours. Bush TV!

Milky Way: The stars up in the desert are crazy. I’ve never seen the Milky Way like that anywhere else. I’m happy with a little fire on the beach watching the stars. I can sit there for hours. Bush TV!

Yadin Nichol at Gas Bay. Yadin pulls some out-there shit sometimes. He’s got that wide, poo man stance that works amazing for airs. He’s not shy of a barrel or two either. Won’t be surprised if he makes it into the CT very soon.

Yadin Nichol at Gas Bay. Yadin pulls some out-there shit sometimes. He’s got that wide, poo man stance that works amazing for airs. He’s not shy of a barrel or two either. Won’t be surprised if he makes it into the CT very soon.

Stephen Keonie from Hawaii at Cloud 9 Philippines, some of the clearest water I’ve seen, beautiful place for underwater photography. I recommend anyone just to grab a pair of goggle’s one day and go check out the surf from underwater, the amazing colors and and the way the light refracts though the water.

Stephen Keonie from Hawaii at Cloud 9 Philippines, some of the clearest water I’ve seen, beautiful place for underwater photography. I recommend anyone just to grab a pair of goggle’s one day and go check out the surf from underwater, the amazing colors and and the way the light refracts though the water.

Dino Adrian. I’ve worked a little with remote flashes. Frustrating equipment to use but awesome when you nail a shot, this was down at the Margaret River Mouth. Dino’s good value, not only does he charge but he can do airs and turns.

Dino Adrian. I’ve worked a little with remote flashes. Frustrating equipment to use but awesome when you nail a shot, this was down at the Margaret River Mouth. Dino’s good value, not only does he charge but he can do airs and turns.

Brian Conley up in the desert, WA. This wave is fickle as all hell. Most days it’s a close-out but every now and then when the elements come together it’s amazing wave. I tell guys I shoot with to rubber up as much as they can, the inside reef is screwed up and full of urchins. Bastard of a place to get in and out of.

Brian Conley up in the desert, WA. This wave is fickle as all hell. Most days it’s a close-out but every now and then when the elements come together it’s amazing wave. I tell guys I shoot with to rubber up as much as they can, the inside reef is screwed up and full of urchins. Bastard of a place to get in and out of.

Gnarloo pano vision. This place is kind of a second home.

Gnarloo pano vision. This place is kind of a second home.

I was born and raised in a small town in northwest Australia called Carnarvon. I was pretty much a punk when I was a kid and always getting in trouble

A pretty common scenario in this area nothing to do but drink and get crazy. As soon as I was old enough to get my license I went and lived at Red Bluff and did eight months straight the first season living in a little hut on the beach, it was definitely my saviour…so good for the soul. There’s nothing there only what you take with you, simple living … surf, dive, eat, sleep …

I was always into photography at a young age and used to steal my dad’s camera whenever I could and shoot my brother and his mates surfing. My dad ended up hooking me up with an old-school Pentax, probably because he was sick of me pilfering his stuff!

When I was able to make a solid chunk of money I bought a Canon A2 and got Dave Kelly to make me a water housing. I still have the housing … same ‘O’ ring and everything. It’s hit the reef a few times but never leaked on me.

Once I got into water photography I was sold. It was perfect – I could mix the love of surfing, the ocean and photography into one package and I was certain I’d found my calling. I’m nothing short of obsessed with photography – if I’m not thinking about it, I’m probably asleep.

My passion for photography is closely followed by a love of free diving. Being in the ocean, diving, I feel totally at ease with myself. My brother, sister and myself were all water babies. Our dad managed a public swimming pool for 25 years and he’d work all summer and have winters off, so during the winter we were always away on coastal exploration trips, camping out in the bush, etc.

When I was two years old I was playing close to the edge of the pool. My dad took his eye off me for a couple seconds and I jumped into the water. He ran to the edge of the pool and looked in and there I was on the bottom, just sitting there staring up at him. He dived in, grabbed me and put me up on the side of the pool. Apparently I was totally unfazed, didn’t cry at all. I guess water was so natural to all of us growing up that there wasn’t much fear involved.

Still, over the years, one thing I’ve definitely learnt is that the ocean may be a beautiful place, but you have to respect her because she can seriously kick your ass.

For my first few years as a photographer I just chased the seasons in Western Australia – down south in summer/autumn and up north during the winter. I didn’t get a passport till I was about 24 then I went straight to Indo for a month, got home for four days and was asked to shoot on a trip to the Philippines. I’ve pretty much been living out of my bags ever since.

Travelling the world has offered me some of the most amazing experiences of my life – and some of the craziest. Travelling to some of the more remote parts of the world, and seeing some screwed up shit on my travels, has made me appreciate my life a lot more. Home is one of the best places in the world for me.

– Scott Bauer




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