Cape Town lensman and traveller Alan van Gysen has crafted his style on perspective. A quest to create images that tell stories. “Waves, places and people all bound up in one beautiful frame to inspire others to get out and find their adventure,” is how the shooter explains his idea of the perfect shot.
Van Gysen learned his art in the water by taking surf photographs of his high school friends surfing. He’s been shooting professionally for 15 years now and while initially his inspiration came from the waves themselves, and seeing others get so much enjoyment and fulfilment from riding them, it was only once he started getting some published shots in media publications like Zigzag, Waves and Surfer Magazine that things took off. “After that, and from the magazines I was enriched and inspired by photographic greats like Tom Servais, Ted Grambeu, Jeff Divine, Art Brewer, John Callahan and Chris van Lennep to name a few,” he says.
“Today I’m still inspired by the same things, but interestingly find myself being drawn into my own work more and more.”