For Joshua Berry-Walker, photography has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, from using disposable cameras at age five to owning his first camera at age seven. “Photography was something that I always did,” Berry-Walker says, “taking photos of my brother playing sport on weekends and exploring what was possible through a lens.” By age 16, Berry-Walker knew that combining his love for photography and his love of nature was something he hoped to make a career out of.
Shooting professionally for the last 10 years, since the age of 33, the main theme of Berry-Walker’s work is surf photography, a sport that involves spending countless hours at the beach. “I love the idea of having an amazing, vast landscape, then taking a tiny person who appears as if they are balancing and walking on water, showcasing how beautiful the landscape is, along with the ability of the athlete.”
Obsessed with photography, Berry-Walker says that he was lucky to have great mentors who pushed him in visual arts as part of his HSC. Following high school, he went on to study Photo Imaging at TAFE. Berry-Walker gained invaluable experience at The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, and Getty Images before booking a one-way ticket overseas to pursue surfing, a sport that he says he fell in love with instantly.
Berry-Walker has a number of national and international prizes and accolades behind him, including PDN Adrenaline Action/Adventure, Aperture Top Emerging Photographer Sports winner, International Photography Awards – Extreme Sports 1st place, and Aperture Emerging Photographer 2019.
Going forward, Berry-Walker has his sights set on pushing both his personal limits and the adventure/sports photography industry, “hopefully inspiring others to chase their dreams as I do every day”. In terms of dream clients, one day he would love to shoot for National Geographic. “The beauty of photography is that you never stop learning,” Berry-Walker says. “I have a long way to go, and hopefully a lot more improving.”