Sixty Summers – Photography born from exploring and experiencing nature. Mother Nature is the best artist in the world, and sometimes you just need to get out there, be patient and let the magic unfold.
The name ‘Sixty Summers’ came about through conversation with a close friend. We reflected on the amazing place in which we live and the epic times we’ve had, particularly in summer. We discussed savouring every moment to avoid regret before your time is up. “You know…. we’ve probably only got sixty summers left….” My friends remark struck a chord.
My name is Josh, I am the photographer behind Sixty Summers. Exploring and experiencing is something I love to do. My aim is to capture destinations how they are supposed to be, untouched…. raw. I hope my images can inspire travel, spark memories, and encourage protecting this amazing world.
Every time a print is ordered I get to share my passion, it gives me such a buzz! I only provide the highest quality product, and guarantee satisfaction with each purchase. Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, all prints are hand made to order.
From the beach to your living room... This is how I got about my work.
1. Get Adventuring!
Packing up the car and hitting the road is definitely a passion of mine. I'm like a little kid at Christmas before every trip, I am lucky to have found a partner that loves it just as much as me. Sarah and I are constantly chasing new camping spots, surf breaks and empty beaches. We've traveled around most of Australia, but luckily this place is massive and there is always more to see. The destination is not always set in stone, many of my favourite spots (and photos) have come from exploring that overgrown track that no one seems to go down. There is something super special about sleeping on a deserted beach.
2. Getting the Shot
Whilst I loved every minute of it, my early work was pretty average. I wasted many good opportunities due to not knowing my gear and surroundings, missing the good tide or not beating the sun out of bed etc. Experience turned out to be my best teacher, and the more I shot, the less errors I made. Patience is key, often a few different components have to align for that perfect shot.
It's normally a quick scramble to the get the SD card into the laptop to check out what goodies were captured. I then like to spend some time narrowing down which images will be selected for print, this process often includes a beer with good music in the background. Im not a big fan of over-edited photos. I capture nature to show its raw beauty, no need for too much lipstick. However, every image available for print has had some correction. Lifting or lowering light/shadows is a regular adjustment, along with temperature correction. I edit to try and reflect what my eyes were seeing at the time. Adobe Lightroom is used to do my image processing, sizing images 2:3 to keep everything uniform for printing and framing, however custom sizes are easily created upon request. I create a second copy of most images which are optimised for use on Instagram and Facebook (4:5).
4. Ordering, Printing and Delivery
You are reading this from my online store, choose from framed prints, canvas and rolled prints. I have tried to set up the website so consumers can gain an understanding of what the final product will look like. I also have my prints in three Cafe Collective stores in Perth (Claremont Quarter, Karrinyup and Whitfords). Sharing my images with people is the best part of the whole process. Orders come through on my phone and I instantly forward them (along with any custom requests) to my print man. Alex from SundaySunset Images then starts his printing process, normally complete in 14 days. Once the prints are ready I will deliver (or post) them personally to each customer.
I love chatting about all things exploring/drones/editing and prints, so if you have any comments or questions please drop me a line. Also feel free to check us out on Instagram (@sixtysummers) and Facebook.
All the best, Joshy.