Q&A WITH PHILLY LEWIS - INTERVIEW

Philly Lewis is an irrepressible explorer. A freelance photographer, yoga teacher and surfer, she is constantly travelling for her love of work and photography. Her slow exposure works are stunning. We caught up with the woman behind the camera after her recent return from winter migration in Costa Rica.

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NCA: HOW DID YOU VENTURE INTO THE WORLD OF OCEAN PHOTOGRAPHY?

 PHILLY: Travelling has always been a huge part of my life and I loved documenting the places I've been, capturing the beauty of it, keeping a visual journal.  I've always been drawn to the ocean and it's ever changing moods, so naturally my photography focused there and I moved to Falmouth to study photography. My obsession with the sea grew even more, it was a natural venture. I love how you'll never take the same photo twice of the ocean, it will always look completely different. It represents the eb and flow of life to me. 

 

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NCA: THE WORKS WE HAVE CURRENTLY LIVE ON THE SITE ARE BEAUTIFUL LONGER EXPOSURE SHOTS. WHAT WERE YOU CONSCIOUSLY LOOKING FOR WHEN YOU CAPTURED THESE?

PHILLY: The beauty of long exposure is that you never know what your going to get. It's more like art, the outcome is never what you expected it to be, a lot like life. I try not to consciously look for something when shooting long exposure, as I love the spontaneity of it. It's what makes it so enjoyable for me and different to all my other work. 

 

NCA: YOU'VE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM YOUR ANNUAL WINTER MIGRATION. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS YEARS AND WHAT INSPIRED THEM? 

PHILLY: So as well as a photographer, I'm also a yoga teacher and run Wild & Free Adventures. We hold a retreat in Costa Rica so have just spent a few months there. The waves are so perfect and beaches so beautiful it's the ideal place. It's also very raw still and quite isolated. It's an incredibly inspiring place, the people, the food, the landscapes.  I've always been amazed by the world we live in. It's where all my best ideas come from and inspiration. Most my travels now are based around surfing, you won't find me far from the ocean. I feel lost in cities! 

 

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NCA: NOW THAT YOU'VE RETURNED TO THE CORNISH COAST, WHERE'S YOUR FOCUS AT FOR THE SPRING & SUMMER?

PHILLY: Spring and Summer is a time for me to enjoy Cornwall and when I shoot most. I have a busy schedule of weddings, brand work, retreats, festivals. It's my time to create and manifest! There really is no better place to be in the summer, when I need a break from work I grab my board and walk down to the surf. It's so refreshing and inspiring.

 

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NCA: FINALLY, TALK US THROUGH SOME OF THE SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT THAT YOU USE FOR YOUR OCEAN PHOTOGRAPHY?

PHILLY:  I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark 3, with a 24-105mm and use a tripod. I like to keep things simple.

 

View Philly's slow exposure series here.

Follow Philly on Instagram @phillylewis.