Surf photographer Lucas Muro believes good photography needs no explanation and no subtitles.
The Brazilian-born photographer says photos with soul should engulf the viewer, allowing them to drift away and imagine themselves inside the blue barrel of a perfect wave: no words needed, just a photo providing a perfect escape from reality.
Lucas, now a Sunshine Coast resident, has spent the past five years photographing Australia's east-coast swells in the search for the nation's most soulful waves and beach lines.
Now he is ready to share some of his best finds with his upcoming photography exhibition, Surf and Soul, which is due to be held at Hyatt Regency Coolum from September 25-27.
Continuing with the theme of surf and soul, Lucas will donate a portion of the profits from the exhibition to Coast charity, The Board Meeting, which raises much-needed money for disabled children and their families.
Lucas, 27, said the idea behind the exhibition was to get the community together to enjoy soulful surf photos and raise money for this great charity.
“I believe that the best way to receive feedback from your work is to have an exhibition,” he said this week.
“I love nothing better than seeing people stop in front of a photo and get transported inside a barrel or a sunrise.
“They just get lost in the photo with the biggest smile on their face.
“That makes me happy.”
Lucas started his business, H2O Surf Photos, in his home town in Brazil before finally realising his lifelong dream to move to Australia.
“Brazil is a great country, with some of the most wonderful beach breaks,” he said.
“However, to live in a third-world country with such corruption, no lifestyle, working ridiculous hours and not have time to enjoy your family or what nature has to offer, that's not life.
“Since I was a kid I always wanted to visit Australia, but my wallet had more spiders and webs than the whole of
Australia and it was quite
hard to save money to come here.
“After three years saving tips and all kinds of family donations, including my older brother selling his car and giving me the money to come out here, I finally made the move.
“Here we are now: a few days from my first photography exhibition.
“It's unreal when I stop to think about it."
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