Christopher Beros is a passionate amateur photographer. It’s a hobby that began when he was a young kid and has stayed with him over the years. He recently became inspired by the beauty and diversity of the Coffs region to pick up the camera again and start taking landscape photographs, among other subjects.
Hey Chris. Tell us about your relationship with the Coffs Coast?
I was born up here on the Coffs Coast, but my grandparents live down on the Northern Beaches in Sydney and as my parents own a business which is run up here and down there, I lived there a lot when I was younger. I certainly enjoyed my time down in Sydney and now go there for work reasons, but who would want to live anywhere else but here on the Coffs Coast? Our family and friends come up and basically don’t want to leave!
You are at the beginning of your photography journey; tell us how it has been so far and what are some of the challenges you’ve faced when getting started in photography and how you have overcome them?
Since I was really young, I have had lots of photographers around me. Back then it was one of those hobbies that takes your interest for a while and then every teenage distraction kicks in, and it gets left on the back burner! The passion for photography returned about two years ago and I am now in a position financially to slowly purchase more equipment. One of the problems I had, and still do have, is trying to decide what style of photography really keeps my interest.
The best way I overcame this is by realising it’s just trial and error mixed with perseverance and accepting the fact that you never stop learning.
When was the moment you realised you wanted to become a photographer?
As I mentioned, I have watched the photographers who have been in my life and I had the pleasure of working for Tom Woods from ST Images, who excels in surf and landscape photography. It was a job I had while I was still at school, and I definitely knew then that I wanted this to play a big part in my life.
I also worked for the Brissetts, who owned the Sawtell Cinema. I was with them for about a year and a half and was fascinated by cinematography. The cinema needed to go digital and was sold, and that was that, but fortunately, it got revamped and we still have it.
How would you best describe your style of work?
As you mentioned before, Gavin, I am at the start of my journey and I am experimenting with different editing styles. I enjoy landscape photography, and a lot of my images have a cinematic style about them.
Landscape photography is your passion, but what are some of the other styles of photography that interest you and why?
I have also always had an interest in portrait work; I enjoy interaction with people of all different ages and backgrounds and would love to learn how to capture their stories in an image.
What is it you want to say with your photographs, and how do you get your photographs to do that?
That’s a really hard one, as I am definitely in the learning stage, but I suppose that I want to try and capture memories or encourage people to look at life in a different way. We live in a world where technology (phones etc.) are taking up too much of our time and we forget to appreciate the beauty of what the world has to offer, whether it is raw or subtle.
Who are some of the photographers that inspire you?
If we are talking locally, it would be Tom Woods from ST Images, Michael Marchment from The Mil Studios and FOCUS, and without sounding soft, I have to say I would love to learn more about lighting and editing from you, Gavin, after looking at a lot of your work. I would also like to add my mate Bryce Forrest, who is also a Coffs Coast photographer; he is an ace with car photography and is super passionate about what he does and takes a lot of pride in his work. I admire professionals like Peter McKinnon and Alen Palander.
What advice would you give others looking to make a start with photography?
Like me, you have to have a job! Don’t just assume that if you are choosing this as a profession, you are going to make a living out of it straight away, or at all. You have to do it because you are passionate about it. You won’t learn anything if the drive isn’t there!
What are some of your favourite aspects of photography?
I love it all; it’s endless. The more you explore, the more your learn – it all drives the passion.
How does the Coffs Coast play a part in your work?
Living here is amazing for lots of reasons, but if you are interested in photography, we are so lucky to have the diversity of being able to capture images of our stunning coastline and then drive up to Dorrigo (like I did just recently) and photograph something as awesome as the National Park waterfalls up there. Everything is at our fingertips, literally!