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John Respondek – Surf Photographer

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I find it endlessly interesting to find out what people love – what inspires them – drives them and what feels like home. Everyone has a wonderfully different way of experiencing the world. I recently asked Sydney based surf photographer John Respondek a few questions…

Kelly Slater in Fiji - image by John Respondek
Kelly Slater in Fiji – image by John Respondek

Jessica : How long have you been a surf photographer?

John: Umm… about 15 years now.

 

Jessica: What inspired you to pursue it as a career?

John: I have been a surfer since i was very young and then got into photography in high school… so it was just a natural progression to mix them up.

 

Jessica: What is it about surfing that you love the most?

John: Thats tough. There are some many good things. But just simply being around and in the the ocean is best. And then surfing in it is so thrilling.

 

Jessica: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

John: I couldn’t really say there’s one highlight. Just the ongoing fun travel adventures are all highlights.

 

Jessica: Who inspires you the most and why?

John:  I really couldn’t say a couple of names that inspire me. Its always changing. It depends on where I am, who Im with, what I’m doing. Etc. I am inspired daily by different people for different things.

 

Jessica: What does home mean to you?

John: Home is the best. You really learn and appreciate that when you spend so much time on the road.

 

Jessica: Where is your favourite place in the world?

John: Australia is the best country in the world… but other than that I love Fiji and Indonesia. For hanging, surfing and shooting.

 

You can see more of Johns beautiful photography on instagram.

Who do you find inspiring wanderlusters? Let me know – I’d love to ask them a few questions too.
JW x

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Feeling Uninspired… It’s OK!

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I’ve been feeling a little uninspired recently – and I was a little worried about it.

But then I realised that it’s all okay – I don’t have to be on my ‘A game’ every single day when it comes to creativity in my personal life. I don’t have to take photos every day. I don’t have to write every day. I would never post anything that I wasn’t happy with.

It’s a natural thing – life is full of ups and downs – ebbs and flows – whatever you like to call it.

Life is for living and loving and doing what feels right.

I think I just got my creative inspiration back…

Until next time Wanderlusters. Peace.

 

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Gandhi wisdom

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi