Behind The Lens with Josh Bystrom

Surfing Queensland - 2020

Behind The Lens with Josh Bystrom

Surfing Queensland - 2020

Introducing our new segment ‘Behind The Lens’ – where we sit down with some of Queensland’s best surfing photographers and they talk us through some of their favourite images. We were lucky enough to catch up with Currumbin local Josh Bystrom as our first guest. Josh has taken photos all across the globe in some of the world’s best breaks. Check out his favourite shots below!

Surfing Queensland: Tell us about yourself Josh.
Josh Bystrom: My names Josh Bystrom and I’m a Gold Coast based photographer. Taking shots from the water is what I love the most and it really just gives you a different perspective than land. The reason I shoot and continue to shoot is those fleeting moments when everything comes together and you manage to get an image you can really stand behind. They’re very few and far between, but when they happen I haven’t been able to find that feeling anywhere else, even surfing!

SQ: So, what got you into photography?
JB: Both of my parents initially, my dad made surf films for 20 years growing up and mum is a local High School photography teacher.
SQ: Where is your favourite place to shoot?
JB: Can I pick two?! It’d have to be Cloudbreak (Fiji) and Kirra. It’s hard to top the energy of cloudy when it’s really doing its thing, Kirra on the other hand just holds so much sentimental value to me. Following the charts and knowing I’m going to be home for a good swell is just the best feeling ever.
SQ: Who would be your favourite surfers to shoot & why?
JB: Kelly, Mick and Joel would have to be my favourites. Kelly purely because he’ll show up at the most random times and blow up. Mick and Joel because when Snapper through Kirra is on there’s simply no one better.
SQ: What camera do you usually shoot with?
JB: Mums got a deal with Canon at her local high school where she teaches so I kind of just always had Canon camera bodies and lenses laying around the house to use so it was a real no brainer for me!
SQ: Thanks so much for sharing Josh, some truly amazing photos there!
JB: No worries guys. Looking forward to some exciting summer swell!
Keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of ‘Behind The Lens’ – we will continue to bring you incredible surfing photos and insights from Queensland’s finest surfing photographers!
SQ: Where can we follow your work?
JB: You can visit my Instagram @joshbystrom or alternatively www.joshbystrom.com or FB @joshbystromphotography