Tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from, where you are now and where you going?
Zac Dorio, 22. Spend a solid 3 years studying a bachelor of photography at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, graduated in 2017 and since then haven’t had my feet on Australian soil for any longer than 4 months.
What kick started the creative side in you?
A bit of a tough question. My earliest memory of being inspired by creativity was seeing my great grandfathers slides one day at my grandparents home. From there it was all fun and games with my parents point and shoot digital cameras and the rest follows
Your website gives us a view of the world through your lense, what or who inspires your style?
I’ve developed quite a documentary / shoot-what-you-see kind of style, a style I majored in for my final University year. Inspirations from prolific photographers like Martin Parr & Henri Cartier-Bresson, and also the new age guys that are killing it like Woody Gooch & Hayden O’Neill. I think it’s still important to have your own style & develop your own way of looking at things.
The surf photos are amazing, not just the action shots, the landscape and single wave images are incredible, what are you feeling or looking for in those moments?
I’ve always loved the single wave images, almost a feeling of isolated perfection & a found paradise. There’s no better feeling of rocking up to a spot you have a feeling it might be ‘on’ and it’s perfect; with no one out. To portray that feeling through an image is a great feeling.
What are shooting with?
It depends where and where I am. My main setup normally involves my 5d mk iii, 24-70mm, 50mm & 70-200. I Think this is a perfect setup that’ll have you ready for everything. My water shots involve a little bit more, with a housing & fisheye lenses; all the fun stuff. As always I love to go back to the roots of photography and I almost always carry my trusty 35mm film camera on most trips, you can never beat that feeling of getting back a roll of film.
Are you working with other creatives?
At the moment because I’ve been so in and out of the country, it's been tricky for me to tee up any work with anyone. I guess I’ve just been trying to nut out my own style and really try and define myself as a photographer (something I think will never stop haha) but I would love to start looking at some collaborations / agencies / local creatives to start bouncing ideas off & produce some epic stuff.
You are travelling a lot, is this for commercial work?
The travel has been SO epic lately, mostly for myself and my own experiences. Most of my trips were kinda like ‘shoot now, think later’ thing. I guess I use them after I shoot them to be like ‘hey, this is where I've been; this is what I’ve seen and the photos that have come from it, let's see if we can work together in the future’. At the end of the day I think being happy with yourself & what you’ve done is the most important thing. Chasing the dollars hasn’t been my main priority in my photography, I’ve just been so stoked in what I’ve been doing.
What is the commercial process like verses the personal work you create?
For myself, it's actually quite similar. Coming from a documentary / journalistic approach, I’ve just learnt to be true to myself & shoot whats in-front of me. Of course In the commercial world things are a bit more polished and refined, which sometimes that's what pays the bills & has gotta be done. There's days where I love the commercial side of my work, the people, the projects and the end result; and then there's days where I just want to be in the middle of the ocean shooting breaking waves. I guess money in the bank means more time I can invest in my personal work & projects; but at the end of the day I’m continually driven by my passion and love of photography so whatever you want, i’ll shoot it.
Are you working towards a photography goal like another exhibition or a book or some of form of collection release?
I’ve been discussing this with a lot of friends, family & other like minded photographers, and I will definitely be working towards a tight, neat, high quality coffee table photobook. I think it will be epic to have a book with images from Europe, Bali, Japan & New Zealand all together; maybe some separate little zines too. If that kicks off a little exhibition with heaps of beers & friends would be sick too, just to hang out with everyone and share travel stories with some frames up on the walls.
Anything else you would like to add?
Do what you love, love what you do. I think people spend way too much time doing things for other people or to be cool, or for that perfect shot instagram these days. Fuck that. Live via passion and love, never stop learning, embrace the unknown & leave no stone unturned.
Any shout outs?
My mum & dad, and both of their parents. Without them, I don’t exist; my experiences don’t exist. My parents and grandparents not only worked their asses off, but have taught me hard work, passion & dedication. My parents push & support me constantly to follow my passion, live my dream and all they ask for in return is to come home safely and crack open a beer & share my stories. I will be forever grateful for them, and the constant support & teaching.
Check out some of Zacs work here and here.