Two Minutes With Cory Roberts

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posted by James Willmott

Introducing Gold Coast photographer, Cory Roberts. Known for his talent behind the lens both in and out of the water, Cory brings to life eveything he captures and throws a bit of his own distinct style in there too.

We took two with man himself to chat life, travel and his tools of choice.

Cory, thanks for catching up. How’s life?
My pleasure! Life? Always good. I can never say anything bad about it!

For those who don’t know you, give us a quick run-down on who you are and what you are about.
My name is Cory Roberts. I’m 25 and a freelance photographer based in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. Anything ocean and travel related are well fitted. And, let’s not forget good coffee and cold beers.

What’s your favourite subject to shoot?
I can’t say I have a particular favourite, although I’ve always had a soft spot for anything ocean related. If I had to say  three favorite places I’ve shot, I’d say Maui (Hawaii), Rarotonga (Cook Islands) and my own backyard, Burleigh Heads.

What camera gear are you rolling with?
I’m currently shooting with a Canon 1D Mark IV and Fuji X100s. I’m eally digging film at the moment and am giving my Canon AE-1 a solid workout  and experimenting with assortments of film. I also have a Rolleicord that never gets used – I should probably put a roll through it.

You were recently in Indo… Tell us about that…
Ah, Indonesia. That place can’t decide between God and the Devil, and I love that. It definitely brings the best and the worst out of people. On a good note, I can’t speak highly enough about the people, their culture, the landscapes and as we all know, the waves. I’ve made some memories I’ll carry with my for the rest of my life. If anyone is willing to extensively explore the island and all islands surrounding, I promise it’s the only ingredient you need for an unforgettable experience. Even if you do get Bali belly, which you will…

You’ve also spent time shooting the world’s best on the North Shore… Tell us about that…
Shooting Hawaii is another unforgettable experience that I’ll carry with me, and I’m sure every person who’s visited can say the same. When the waves are on, it’s on. I definitely got myself in a few sticky situations out at Pipe, but it would never be fun if it were safe. It’s crazy how that place can go from 6 foot to 12 foot within an hour!

Biggest achievement?
As cliché as it sounds, I would have to say it’s how far I’ve come. Generally speaking, I never really think about that question and when it’s asked I don’t really know how to answer it.  But, when I think about how pleased i’d be with myself 3 years ago knowing where I am today, I’d be stoked. Always keep your goals one step ahead!

Tell us about life when you aren’t behind the lens?
In addition to shooting, I also work full time for Surfing Queensland. We’re in a crazy time of year with the Quiksilver Pro creeping up and the return of the Burleigh Pro that has just passed. Busy, but all good fun nonetheless. I have a disgusting addiction for music (currently listening to David Bowie) and don’t mind getting wax under my feet every so often.

Any new projects in the pipeline?
There certainly is! I’m currently working on my biggest to date but I’m keeping it to myself for now. Ask me again in 3 months and I’ll show you. I recently wrapped up shooting a Summer campaign for Vissla, which was so much fun. The content should be released really soon, so keep an eye peeled.

Images: & @coryroberto