National Geographic : 2011 Jul
As big waves buffet the eastern Australian coast, a father clings to his son. I get pounded in the same surf as the swimmers, so I never know exactly what my shots will show until I develop them. Swimmers paddle in the clear surf of Sydney's Freshwater Beach. For many of us the water is a playground. But to me these images show something else: our shared humanity when we're immersed. On the sandy floor of a popular Sydney beach, a girl floats in a prone position, her life held in a breath of air. Despite its many mysteries and dangers, the ocean exerts an elemental pull that draws us back. At Bondi Beach near Sydney, a young woman dives to safety as a vast wave rolls overhead. It's always a nice surprise to me when the light, the wave, and the swimmer come together perfectly in one frame.