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Ben Sowry is a budding photographer from the south coast of NSW, Australia. Having always had an interest in photography and a flare with his writing skills, this blog was created to show the world the gradual developement of his photography and the limitations that this young man is willing to push to achieve better photos. If you have any advice for him or other enquiries relating to his photos, feel free to leave a comment or email him at bensowryimaging@hotmail.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Southern Man Surf Ulladulla: Southern Man is on Blogspot

Southern Man Surf Shop Ulladulla have been loyal supporters of surfing and the Milton Ulladulla community for over 35 years.

We have an amazing selection of Clothing and accessories with trained and specialised staff.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Summers Secret Slabs

And who said summer swell was a drag?...Gee-whizz, if this is summer, bring on winter!!
Thursday, 25th February. Almost all beachies and reefs were vacated. The waves were scarce and the riders were non-existent. However, perseverance proved to be the upper hand this day. The boat hammered through the choppy swell as we trolled towards our destination, and there she was... the sun beamed gentley off the face of the waves, perfectly hidden from the wind, pristine walls of pure power gloriously exploding onto the barnacle covered reef. Perfection, yes.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Liam Tomkins

Liam Tomkins from East Coast, New South Wales. A definate contender for a future career amongst the waves. This young chap is as good as they come, with a level head and a clear mindset of what he wants to achieve. May the waves reward this white-haired minature buddah, and bring him luck on his path to success.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Feeding the Passion - Brian O'leary

During my last surf voyage down south I was lucky enough to shake the hand of a local legend Brian O'leary. On first impression you see a frail elderly man with a grin wider than your arm span, but after speaking, you begin to see the strength of his wisdom and the brute stength of his left hand supporting his bulky 400mm lense . Brian has been photographing the waves of Bawley point for over 30 years and has spent over 50 years behind a camera lense. On normal occassion he spends his time photographing Birds and nature. The things this man has done in a lifetime, the things those weathered eyes have seen over the years... I cannot begin to imagine. A big thankyou to you Brian, for the advice you have given, it will always be an indentation in my photography.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bring out the guns

Saturday, 6th February. With howling southerly winds and a charging 4-5 foot easterly swell I took the risk of trekking it down south to find some waves. Even though home to some of the gnarliest waves in NSW, the Shellhaven district had nothing on display. Despite this, a hand-full rogue sets were able to penetrate the windy barrier. Later I managed to find a protected beach where a few of the local lads wittingly chose tow-outs as their weapon of choice.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Splash and Dash - Australias largest Aquathon

The Australia Day Illawarra Aquathon is Australias largest aquathon with an estimated 1500 + participants involved in the splash and dash at picturesque Wollongong harbour. The Aquathon is an achievable event which is open to all age and abilities, from begginners to elite athletes such as Australian Iron man Ben Allen. All money raised is for Anglicare Australia.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010


Kayhla White has a natrual auror which draws you near. Shes as down to earth as they come, and is in ownership of a lethal smile which can make any man melt. Nothing short of perfection. Thanks kay for letting me shoot you.

With a stormy weather forecast and booming onshore winds, I skipped my early plans for skindiving and pulled out the camera. Although a lake of inspiration was looming, I decided to take advantage of the storms lighting and paint a more ominous portrait of myself. As the day went on I returned with an old friend, Jana Lace, to expand a little more on the dark imagery.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cliff Hanger

Sunday 27th December, 2009.

With the a subtle reminder of the previous nights drinks sitting staley on our breathe, we headed out to Kiama Blowhole to shake the heavy hangover. Jumping over the enclosure proved to be the best cure of Russian Vodka. The pre-new years eve crowds were beggining to gather at the popular tourist attractions lookout, so we had a show to put on, and what a show it was!.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A black and white family christmas.

25th November, 2009. Christmas day, a time to give and celebrate the birth of christ. There's a certain magic which Christmas brings into our lives. It can vary from family to family. It can be as simple as a smile, or as big as a yearly family reunion, nethertheless christmas is a time to share the love, poor the wine and indulge in nannas famous fruitcake!.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Free Spirit

Saturday, 19th December 2009. Nothing Serious, just a few playful shots on a very hot summers day. Lauren is my first ever model and it was my pleasure shooting her. Thanks lauren.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Sunday, 13th December. I've always been fascinated by this tree, so I've decided to post it.
This photo means alot to me, you could almost say a photographic milestone, not of my ability, but of my spiritual and emotional self, a time to move forward and not look back.
Photo dedicated to S.E.H, you know who you are. x

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Less is more

Thursday, 19th of November. Finding my feet in the photography game is going to be a very prolonged process. Nevertheless, the excitement of capturing that one, perfect image has engulfed my entire being. I'm looking forward to seeing how far my abilities will be stretched with my advancement in knowledge and experience, not to mention the never ending 'wish-list' I have developed over the past few months!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A grain of salt.

Saturday, 14th November & Sunday, 15th November with mild southerly winds and a small ground swell running, my freediving plans for the weekend were inevitably cancelled. So a short drive down to the boneyard proved itself rewarding with this 'Jacob Black' look-alike taking the destinations title a little too literally. Sorry Pup, but saltwater isn't all that tasty... The next day a few of us headed down to Kiama Blowhole to take on the sheer 15-20m drop off the caves entrance, with the locations usual tourists cheering us on and the testosterone bubbling we managed to throw our bodies over the edge taking the fall into the cold black water, twice. Sadly handing my camera to nathan wasn't all that good of an idea, and there are no shots to post, maybe next time eh? However I managed to snag a photo of these cars!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Looking for yourself?

The Saturday, 31st October, With unfavourable winds and visibility, spearfishing was out of the equation for the next couple of days. Photos on my mind and $11 dollars in my pocket, I made the short drive to the temperate & subtropical Minamura Rainforest. Scuffling through my pocket to pay the entrance fee was one thing, walking the mile long uphill track was another. With rolled sleeves and breathless expressions, I attempted to capture a few glistening moments in the morning sun. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bawley 09'

A weekend away to concentrate on my spearfishing was due. Drawing closer and closer to christmas my freezer was in desperate need of a re-fill!

Friday, October 16, 2009

No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky

Friday the 17th of October - Another end to another week

Monday, October 12, 2009

The beggining of a long road.

I never actually thought that saturday the 10th of October 2009 would turn out to be an eventful day. With howling onshore winds and a very sloppy surf running, I knew I wouldn't be able to throw on my trusty hooded dive wetsuit and chase the remains of the winters fish. As I drove south looking for some snapshots to break in my cameras hymen, I fell into doubt knowing that there couldn't possibly be anyone out surfing on a day like this. I pulled onto the curb and headed out to the old faithful headland which is famously known for its slab of a wave capable of pushing even the most sturdiest of men into the faetal position. It wasn't pretty, 2 foreigners (one French, and the other South African) along with another Australian, toughed out the conditions and gave this wave a run for its money