This is a series of blog posts dedicated to great photographers that are also contributing on Lobster. Read about the brilliant minds behind the camera, how photography mingles with their life and the stories behind their best shots.
Who is Victor?
My name is Victor Szczodry, and I have been practicing photography for ten years and videography for five. I am from Poland, although I grew up in Belgium and now live in Spain. Maybe you can guess that I love to travel? My creativity comes to life when I’m taking photos and videos – not just when I’m capturing a moment, but also when I’m editing and in post-production.
The seven photos I’ve decided to share all come from Australia, where I lived for the past year-and-a-half and experienced some of the best scenery I have ever seen. It all started with an unforgettable road trip, starting in Brisbane and finishing in Perth.
Broome, WA where the waves caress thousand years old dinosaur footprints
While it’s hard to narrow down just one place on my trip, I will never forget how awestruck I was the first time I saw Broome and the Kimberley area. I was crossing down south in my car when I discovered the stunning South-west of Western Australia and the remote areas around Esperance.
Southwest pristine waters
Beaches at Greens Pool near Denmark, WA
The pictures reveal nature and its amazing colours, textures, and patterns. Of course, wildlife is a huge part of Australia, and its landscape reveals how wild and pure the land is for animals – being able to capture them in their most genuine moments was special for me.
Karlu Karlu – Devils Marbles where some local aboriginal people welcomed us on their land
In photography, timing can be the key difference between capturing the perfect photo and losing the moment forever. Sometimes it means just taking pictures, even if you don’t have perfect lighting or the beautiful reflection of the sunset.
When I’m shooting, all I feel is excitement – especially when you capture a special picture from the air. Aerial shots are new to me but are something I’m enjoying more of. For example, I was with some friends on a boat when some playful sea lions wanted to swim with us. I took out my drone and captured the action from above, which allowed me to relive the moment and share it with others.
Lone surfer in Yallingup, South WA
Lucky Bay, Esperance where the water is this blue even on a cloudy day
Aerial shots via drones also allow me to capture moments that would be impossible by myself. When living on the East Coast of Australia, I flew my drone to an area where there were around 30 dolphins swimming. Without the drone, I wouldn’t have been able to capture that spectacular moment.
The final shot is from my time along the coral coast of Western Australia. We went for a morning dip in the crystal clear waters, and I was again recording with my drone which captured a massive stingray moments away from my partner, who didn’t even realize she was so close to such a creature.
Esperance remote waters where green nature touches the ocean
Regarding technique, I try to shoot in RAW, so it’s easier to play around with the pictures afterwards. I have no doubt that timing and lighting are more important than technique and gear.
Favourite food for thought
If I was, to sum up, my thoughts on photography, I particularly like this quote, which is from Mark Zuckerberg “The biggest risk is to take no risk at all.”
To show how much we appreciate Victor’s photo story, we’ve created a unique collection of his work – take a look.
Other featured photographers in the series:
Thanh and his love for the countryside, Enrico, diversity explorer, Kristiana Pandere, the manipulation master, Loic Lagarde is shooting at the crossroad of art and technique, Jonas Anhede emotional and storytelling images, Igor, the Northen lights hunter, Sunny’s travel adventures and the Instagram Bucketlist Journey star Annette White.
Where you can find Victor?