I'm Colin Fitch
My introduction to photography was through my father, Derek Fitch. He rented a small space to use as his darkroom for developing and processing his photos. I remember the bright red light and how he carefully he went through the steps. Removing the film, placing the photo paper in the chemical trays, watching the images come to life and then hung up to dry under the red hue.
As a surfer in the late 80s and early 90s, I was captivated by the images in local surfing magazines and I wanted to share my view of the world through photography. For a handful of years, I played around with a camera and telephoto lens, holding thumbs that I caught a couple of good ones when I took my rolls of film to be developed.
Unfortunately, all my equipment was stolen at a local surfing contest. With technology evolving so fast, I explored the new world of digital photography on my mobile phone. After retiring from the South African National Defence Force, I decided there is no better time than to invest in my love of photography once more.
While I work at surfing events around the country, I have had the privilege to be mentored by world-class surf photographers that have been honing their skill for years at an international level. I’m grateful for their help, knowledge and advice. This is a new journey I’m embarking on, and it’s been amazing to look through the lens from a whole new perspective. I look at light and shadows in a way that I’ve never looked at it before, and how I can play with it. I take my camera wherever I go, because you never know when the perfect opportunity presents itself.
While my focus is on surfing, I’m inspired by daily life in and around the ocean and its people, and you will see this in my work.
I would like to invite you on this visual journey, and I hope you find something that speaks to your soul. By ordering a print you love, 25% of the proceeds will go to the many surfing outreach programs I work with daily.
As Nelson Mandela once said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”