Gothenburg, Sweden-based photographer Karl Lundholm and his girlfriend often fantasized about living overseas in Australia, holding on to what he now calls their “little dream” until they actually made the trip. When he finally arrived on the shores of the Queensland suburb of Coolangatta, the water rose before him, lapping, sparkling and warm, and he dove right in.
The photographer’s hometown, he admits, has nothing resembling the massive waves of Australia, and the strangeness of breaking current made them seem even more astounding to him. Although Lundholm himself does not surf, he enjoys watching the avid surfers who just happen to be on the waves at sunset in the brisk but wave-inducing winter air, snapping an underwater cover over his camera as he dashes off into the breakers in pursuit.
When asked why he created some of his very first images in Australia on the Coolangatta beach at sunset, Lundholm has three simple words: “Color, color, color.” He also loves the rush of racing against the clock, the small window of opportunity afforded by a lush but quickly fading twilight. He will never tire of the waves, he suggests, because no two are ever identical, each fluid arch entirely different from the next.
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