Based in the small town of Noosa, in Queensland, Australia, Steve Allsopp wanted to capture the coastal panoramas of the area in a way that avoided all the normal cliches of beach photography.
"I wanted to create something a little at odds with with the blue skies and sea, golden beaches," explains the fine art photographer. And in these striking black-and-white shots, featured in his self-published book Beach Life, he's certainly achieved that.
Allsopp spent almost three years documenting surfers and beach life near his summer home for the photo series. "My role has been to observe the everyday; the seen but unseen," he says. "To highlight space and tranquility among the hundreds of daily beach goers and challenge the usual full colour representation of Noosa. I think, that has been successfully achieved with what could well be volume one of this project."
All of the images have been made by using a Lensbaby Composer/Single Glass optic combination to achieve their distinctive look. Open edition prints and licensing are available via Allsopp's website.