Alexandra Uzik

Slovakia

Photo Credits: Jazz Seijii 

Surfer: Leah Dawson

Years in surf photography: since 2013 but last 2 years has been more consistent

Instagram: @alexandrauzik 

Photography websites: www.alexandrauzik.com & alexandrauzik.tumbler.com

What inspired you to take photos in the water? I’ve been always drawn to the water since I was a little girl and I am so fascinated by surfing. But I’m from a landlocked country, wasn’t a good swimmer as a kid and had always had bad grades in art so it’s a bit of a funny story that I ended up doing this. It feels like a surf photography chose me and I have no idea why.

Do you surf as well? What came first? I got my first surf lesson many years ago when I lived in the Canary Islands. I got to hang out around surfers and was totally hooked to this lifestyle so I decided to work in the surf industry. I just didn’t know what to do. It took me 10 years to realize I could be a surf photographer! As I got comfortable in the water as a photographer, I started to surf too.

Most memorable surf photography moment? The first time I realized I could be a surf photographer (which took me a decade) and the first time I was in the water taking photos. It was in Hawaii and I was scared AF but kept looking at the sky saying “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…”

Surf photography travel story or goals? I want to be a pro surf photographer. Throughout my work I want to inspire people, spread good vibes and help protect our oceans, marine life and nature in general.

What do you love or hate about the culture around female surf photographers? I could see some unfairness and disadvantage for a woman in a male dominated industry at the beginning but I also met women who are mean to other women and try to put them down. So I think that no matter what you do in life you will always be met with setbacks, obstacles and haters as well as opportunities and good people. And you can choose whether you feel sorry for yourself and complain or do something about it.

The thing is, if you know what you want and what your passion is, no one can stop you. I am from a landlocked and former communist country. We couldn’t travel growing up so I was literally locked in. There are zero female surf photographers from my country and I don’t have any roadmap to follow. But I don’t look at it this way. How I see it is that I have this urge inside me that I have to follow. And anything is possible. Just stay true to yourselves, work on developing your own gifts and talents, be patient and practice practice practice. Don’t get caught up in what others prefer or consider to be a good surf photo. Make your own definition, do your own thing and eventually you’ll find a safe place where your art will be appreciated. Or, start your own platform as you ladies did, try to be progressive and support each other. It is not only about numbers (followers, likes or sponsors) or well known artists. Give voice to all different styles and perspectives. Cause it’s totally different energy when ladies are around and I think female surf photographers can be our future. We see things differently, have a different approach and can capture surfing from a different perspective. We’re starting to get more attention cause people get bored seeing same old same old and because they like our style.

What is your favorite time of day to take photos? Sunrise, sunset and when my friends are out.

How has your surf photography life in the water affected the rest of your life on land? 100%, totally affected. First I had to change my life in order to be a surf photographer and now I quit my job and am starting my own creative business based on a surf photography. Also, spending more time in the water I get to see what is happening to our oceans and feel the responsibility to protect it.

P.S.: I moved back home this summer after I lived in New York last few years and now am planning my adventure in Portugal for this fall. If anyone is around and want surf, shoot or just meet just hola at me 🙂

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