Surf photography has never a lucrative vocation, but now, with very little monthly retainers within the industry and fewer surf cos throwing budget at sprawling team houses on the North Shore each winter, it can be challenging for a salty lensman to keep the wolf from the door.
So what’s a lifelong surf photographer to do? Genial Australian photog Andrew Shield has managed to keep his family fed by shooting commercial work for boat manufacturers such as Quintrex, catalogue work for various surf brands, and all the while staying prolific on the surf editorial front – even if the returns for that endeavour are diminished.
One of the developments in Shieldsy’s career is the partnership he’s formed with the Pegasus crew up in the Telo Islands. (Telo Island Lodge and Pinnacles on Telo). Guests have a world class photographer at their disposal for their 10-day stay, pay Shieldsy direct for their photo package, and he gets put up in some classy digs.
It’s an arrangement that’s given the mellow legend lots of tasty setups to shoot, and the opportunity to score an obscene number of waves for himself. It’s not uncommon for the fortunate bastard to do half a dozen trips a year.
Anyway, here’s 20 of the top lineups and moments over the last couple of years from Shieldsy’s enviable home away from home. Captions by the photographer.