Many in the Eurobodalla will immediately recognise the images of internationally applauded underwater photographer Philip Thurston. His incredible underwater photos of seals at play around the waters of Montague Island have regularly featured as the front covers of the Eurobodalla Tourism annual tourist guide and Holiday Planner and appear once again this year, both on the cover, and as part of the wider Eurobodalla Tourism promotion of the region.
The 2017 eurobodalla holiday guide cover - kind permission to publish by PT
Above: Philip Thurston
2017 was an amazing year for Philip, full of adventure and surprises He told his many followers around the planet, via his Instagram account "I’m stoked to finish it off with a 12 page portfolio in the new @whitehorsesmag entitled “Beneath the Surface”. Being predominately a ‘Surf Photographer’, this spread is special to me, as only a few pictures are waves, which highlights the expansion of my portfolio in recent years from the curiosity I have to see the beauty in all things! "Shooting waves is, and I think always will be, my favourite subject, but as I grow and develop a greater understanding of life, I’ve found myself pointing my camera at so many different things out in the wild! "Fortunately I don’t have the only copy in the world! And you don’t have to go swimming for it! 😂🌊 "So I encourage you to go pick up a copy of the White Horses mag at your local newsagents, it’s all epic but you can read a bit of my story that accompanies over a dozen of my photos 😊
Above: White Horses | Issue Twenty Three - you can also order online here
Kind permission to publish from https://whitehorses.com.au/
Much to the delight of Philip's ever growing world-wide fan base he has also taken time out from his passion to be land bound for long enough to bring together his own publications including the stunning portfolio of his work by way of his Living Water Coffee Table Book.
Above: The Living Water video by Thurston Photo
Living Water is a collection of thoughts and visions, poetically woven into a visual expression of Philip's passion for Ocean Art and his deeper thirst to discover true purpose and meaning in life. The book explores thought provoking avenues about the common words that we relate to, that lead the reader down a path of encouragement and inspiration to go beyond what delights the eyes and into a deeper resource of what he refers to as “Living Water."
Philip offers "Water is a known essential for the bodies survival, where as Living Water is reference to the deeper nourishment that fuels the dreams and visions that we all have been given in some measure that allow us to live a life of true purpose and meaning." "My goal with Thurston Photo is to create beautiful imagery and literature that provokes positive thought and inspires people to see life from a new perspective. Through my experiences and lessons learnt, I've come to know my purpose in life is to inspire faith in others to live a life of fullness with an eternal perspective, and to help others realise their own dreams, potential and purpose that's worth pursuing with all their heart. "I strive to be conscience of this with my words, output and actions. I really do enjoy what I do and I think that makes a big difference with the result. I'm known to happily spend hours straight in the ocean or spontaneously launch myself into the wild in the hope of encountering and capturing creation in a new and exciting way. "I hope you enjoy the Thurston Photo collection of moments, thoughts and encounters and I encourage you to visit my website to look through my galleries." "Throughout the website you will find a large and diverse collection of images from my travels. Primarily focused on the ocean as an art form, I also have a collection of wild encounters and landscapes to browse. "Ocean photography is what feels natural to me and because I have spent the past 2 decades in the ocean learning its ways, escaping from its periodic anger and training my instinct to survive in it, I am able to take the lens into places that capture the raw, violent and beautiful form that it so often takes.
Living Water is 136 pages of 140gsm Matte laminate paper, wrapped in an ocean blue, Matte machine varnished White Wibalin cover, which then slides out of an elegant White Wibalin slipcase that protects the publication in a timeless fashion. The book has been designed to not only treat the eye but also ignite passion, fuel the soul and encourage those that thirst to find reason and courage to discover and be refreshed from the place where Living Water flows.. On Line purchase of Living Water for $49.95 is available here Testimonials : "From the moment you open the pages of Living Water you can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of inspiration. Phil's captivating photographic art, accompanied by emotive and motivational poetic passages is nothing short of brilliant. Living Water is a true testament to Phil's respect for and love of the ocean, and the many ways it can be captured and interpreted through the visual medium. A beautiful compilation of thoughts and pictures that belong on the highest of shelves." - Warren Keelan // International Award Winning Photographer Hi, I am a writer, producer and film director. I have worked for many years in Australia & Los Angeles on many blockbusters and have written numerous screenplays for feature film. I recently bought a book titled “ LIVING WATER” written and beautifully shot by Philip Thurston. I have known this extremely talented individual for many years and had the privilege to have him work with me on many occasions on photo shoots. His work as a photographer is second to none. His creativity, eye for detail and ability to capture amazing pictures is absolutely astounding and breathtaking. I have been anticipating the release of “ LIVING WATER” for some time and when I first saw the books cover protector, I was already impressed and I couldn’t wait to see the book. The book's hard cover was impressive and the opening page title looked great, I couldn’t wait to turn the page again… As I expected, Philips ocean photography was majestic. His creativity with the photos taken is impressive and really captures ones eye and imagination. If the photography wasn’t eye captivating enough, I was so astounded by his ability to write poetry. Page after page of heart felt and soul capturing lines, some poems brought me to tears. Page after page of wonderful poems and incredible photos all bound together in a well set out and well thought through presentation. I highly recommend the book “ LIVING WATER”, it will be a book you will cherish and read over time and time again. When you’re feeling down or just need a little inspiration, just open this book to any page. - Danial Donai // Ex-Stuntman, writer, director. "What an amazing piece of art this is, the images, the words that accompany them, and the man himself, really are inspiring to say the least. Phil is at the top of his game when it comes to photographing the ocean and its beautiful surroundings, and his many years in and around it are documented beautifully within this book." - Lloyd Meudell // Professional Ocean Photographer "A great collection of images and words all bundled up in a very classy final product. If you love printed books and water inspired images this could be for you." - Aquatech Imaging Solutions Be sure to vitsit https://www.thurstonphoto.com You can also Follow Thurston Photo on INSTAGRAM and on FACEBOOK