Jack Dekort - Photographer

When and where did you start surfing?
I started when I was 12 years old. I'd surf at Yaroomba/Sunshine coast mainly, real fun wedges.

What is it that you love about surfing and the ocean?
It brings like minded people together.

Do you have a session that stands out as your most memorable?
One year at the Noosa River mouth was exceptionally nice! As legend has it, best ever.

How did you get into photography and go about making a name for yourself?
Me and my dad did a lot of road trips down the coast when I was young so I wanted something to document those trips. I Learnt to take rejection on the chin and soak up advice from my peers.

What is it that you love about shooting surfing?
You can conjure up an idea of what you'd like to shoot on the day judging by the rider, conditions and location then be thrown a complete curve ball because the ocean is forever changing. That's when the best moments happen. It always keeps you on your toes.

What is some of your favourite gear that you're using at the moment?
Right now I'm using the Nikon D4 as my go to digital body along with my Nikon f100 and Mamiya rz67. All amazing cameras for their own purpose.

Where is your favourite place in the world that your job has taken you?
Indonesia, there's something about the place I keep getting dragged back to.

Do you have a favourite shot that you have taken or favourite surfer to shoot?
I don't have a favorite shot, I find it really hard to judge my own photos. It's always good to shoot with Julian Wilson when he's around.

It's no secret that the scene is super competitive these days, but do you have any advice for any budding Surf Photographers?
Take advice from those in the know, persistence pays off in the end and shoot as much as you can to figure out what works for you.

If you could photograph anything or anybody in the world, what/who would it be?
I'm hell bent on doing a one lens, one camera trip purely to shoot landscapes and portraits through South America. Traveling with so much gear for surfing trips gets a bit hectic so I'd love the freedom to roam with just one bag.

Where can we find you online?

Web: www.jackdekortphoto.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Dekort-photography
Instagram instagram.com/jackdekort

Posted by: Matthew Ryan, on January 14, 2014
Categories: Interviews