The ocean has always been a part of photographer Luke Shadbolt‘s life. Growing up on the coast of Australia, the tide was omnipresent—a constant from when he was a kid all the way into adulthood. The relationship was deepened by his devotion to surfing in his teens. As a creative college student, he fell in love with photography and wanted to shoot the waves but was unsure of how to approach his calling. Once he became an art director for a surfing magazine and purchased the proper equipment for shooting underwater, he began to explore the ocean in this new way.
Shadbolt is adept at conveying the vastness of the ocean while showcasing its finer, dramatic details. His most striking compositions feature giant waves where the currents form white caps and produce frothy waters born out of immense power. It’s here, in these fascinating still shots, that we see the “veins” of a wave—whether they are rocketing towards a crest or sloping in a relative moment of calm. Sometimes, Shadbolt will include both of these states in the same photograph as a way to remind us that nature takes on many, often dueling, forms.