Hello, my name is Reuben Mowle and I live on the Isle of Wight. I’ve had a funny relationship with the sea. When I was young, growing up we didn’t have a lot of money.
My four brothers and I were split between two parents, and often we’d find ourselves on the beach. It was free and we were easily pleased. I surfed, I body boarded, I sailed, I swam – I basically lived in the water. I loved it…
When I was 10, this kind of changed for me. My mum was involved in a surfing accident where she sadly lost an eye. This put me off surfing and put me off the sea, I couldn’t believe that something like that could happen in a place where I had so much fun, with so many happy memories.
Years later I tried surfing again in Spain, this also did not go well… I caught a 12 foot wave and did a terrible job, the wave caught me up, landed on me and threw me into a whirlwind and a massive wipe out.
I couldn’t breathe and I was underwater for roughly 15 seconds which doesn’t sound like a long time but 15 seconds underwater is a lifetime.
As soon as my head surfaced I was hit by another wave, my head hit the bottom of the sea floor and I was under again. Once I surfaced I dragged myself to the shore and collapsed. An ambulance was called as they feared I’d broken my neck.
2020 came about and during the pandemic lock down, I spent a lot of time with my friends at the beach as we could walk there. We spent a night camping in a cave and during the evening we decided to climb a cliff-edge and jump into the clear water. As my friends climbed and jumped, the sun was setting and it was honestly one of the most amazing views I’d ever seen. I thought to myself, “I wish I could take a picture of this right now”.
It stuck with me the whole night and the next day I bought my underwater housing for my camera. We went out again and I took pictures of the boys jumping from the same place. I was absolutely in love, I was taking pictures where nobody else had been with a camera. However when the waves were big and powerful, I couldn’t help but feel a great sense of panic taking me back to when I was in Spain, I did not let this put me off. I pressed on and took photos regardless.
Slowly as I took more and more, the fear of the sea went. What would have been a terrifying experience just a year ago, is now something I look forward to. The fear that drove me away is now the reason I shoot the sea. The awesome power of the Ocean, is absolutely relentless and unforgiving, but it is also beautiful, fascinating and peaceful.
Now, I love to print and sell my photos of the sea, I will never be able to take two photos that are the same. Every wave is different and every day is different.
That is why I love taking photos of the Ocean