“Always be out there,” he says. “You can't be in the right place at the right time to get that amazing photo unless you are out there looking for it.”
That approach has worked big-time for the Gold Coast-based photographer, who over the past 12 years has developed an international reputation for his abstract and artistic impressions of the land, ocean, light and sky.
Scott began his love of photography when he bought a basic point-and-shoot camera while on holidays in Tasmania.
He began to experiment with different shots, lighting and angles. He printed out his best photos, framed them with timber offcuts and sold the artworks at the Gold Coast's local markets.
The former electrician quickly established a following for his surf art prints which captured the motion, detail and perspective of everyday but spectacular nature.
He now operates a flagship gallery at Burleigh Heads which displays a range of his artwork, including enlarged photo prints, small fine art canvas works and premium high-definition glass artwork.
Sean, 42, is also an avid surfer and has great respect for the ocean's power and beauty. He photographs from both the land and in the water.
In addition to showcasing the Gold Coast and other Australian beauty spots, Sean has photographed extensively overseas including New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Maldives, Tahiti and Tonga.
But the Gold Coast is very much home for Sean, his wife Fiona and their three kids (Kate, Reef and Sam).
He grew up on Southern Gold Coast Beaches including Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and Currumbin.
His favourite Gold Coast spot is his deck at home with views of Burleigh Headland and Tallebudgera Valley. His tip for the best local dining experience is the Wednesday night Tapas Club at Miami Marketta.
Sean says his photographic mission is to inspire people to open their eyes to the magical places in which we live.
“It's very rewarding being able to share with people the way I see things,” he says.
“It seems just by getting out and keeping an open mind unique and beautiful images are everywhere . . . I find it is the search that helps open your eyes to what is all around.”
Sean says he gets his photographic inspiration from California self-taught photographer and artist Chris Burkard.
Contacts: Sean Scott Gallery – 21c James Street, Burleigh Heads.
Ph: (07) 5659 1212
Personal mobile: 0438 158945