The Earth Only Endures

The old men
the earth
You spoke
You are right.

(Native American song).

Water Bending

Some people love people-watching, but sea-gazing is one of my favourite things to do. I will never tire of watching water bending around headlands.


Sometimes I like to shoot in soft focus. It reduces things to simple shapes, colours, abstractions. Sometimes, as the old saying goes, less is more.


Mrs Belinda Peterson-Baggs, while shooting for Seaworthy, Noosa Heads, January, 2008.

One of my all time favourite surfers, Belinda is perhaps the most beautiful, feminine, graceful surfer on the planet. I could seriously watch her logging all day.

Viva Valla

Valla Surfboards Promo from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

This is a short promotional piece I put together for Valla Surfboards, which was established in 1970 by Paul Joske on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Paul & his son Sage continue to build beautiful handmade surfcraft for an appreciative & loyal clientele. Please visit:


Fig Tree

I really love getting the chance to see trees on their own. Sure, a forest or group of trees can be gorgeous, but I love to see a tree alone in isolation. Aesthetically, it's because you get to see the tree's pure shape, its uncluttered silhouette, the goodness & grace of its form. Also, I'm sure, I appreciate the sense of aloneness & apartness it suggests. I guess I'm drawn to lonely things in the world.


A dear friend, true-hearted surfer & maker of beautifully crafted songs. More at


Beauty hides in lots of places.

Seaworthy Trailer

Seaworthy: Official Trailer from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

The song for this teaser is called 'Blackbird Salad' by Word Salad. You can find their stuff at

Small Adventures

Here's a piece I put together a little while back about my friend Ryan Heywood:

Ryan Heywood: Small Adventures from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

You can see more of Ryan's stuff at:

Storm Surf

An early autumn swell at my local from a few years back, shot with my good old tobacco filter. It's nice to look at this shot at the moment, as cold winds are a blowing tonight, rain is lashing the windows, & swell's on the way.



Portraits of my mate, Clarke McClymont, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, 2002 or 2003, kind of hard to remember, but good times.


Master surfboard restorer Dave Platt turning trash back into treasure. It's a pleasure watching this man at work. He can do incredible things with surfboards others have left for dead.

Fishing Stone

I found this fishing stone on a deserted beach on the south shore of Upolu, Western Samoa, on my first trip there thirteen years ago. I felt like I'd found treasure. I've always collected rocks, something about their permanence has always fascinated me. Next to them, our lives can seem so ephemeral. They're older than us, I like that.

Still Life One

One of my favourite things to do is to put a little collection of objects together & play with composition. I just find it a nice change from other kinds of photography where you're trying to grab the action as its happening. Still Lifes are relaxing. You just get to play with the placement of things, play with the camera, play with shapes, look at stuff in different ways, take the time to breathe. In some ways, it's more about the process than the product. I'll post up some more Still Life stuff down the track.

Seaworthy Tees

Our second order of Seaworthy tees has arrived. We have tees available in nearly all sizes, in both black & white as pictured below.

The artwork is by my talented friend Jim Mitchell, who designs killer clothes for Shortstraw, see for a glimpse of what's happening in Shorty land.

Anyways, shop orders or individual orders are welcome. We also send them out anywhere around the world. Please email if you're interested. Thanks.

Lines Trailer

Some years back I made my debut feature-length film, called 'Lines From A Poem'. It focused on one of my favourite aspects of surfing - riding traditional longboards.

Lines From A Poem: Official Trailer from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.">

The song I used for this trailer is called 'Layday For Teabags', by my good friend Mike McCarthy. I reckon his work is beautiful. You can find more of his stuff at

A. Knost

Alex Knost, while shooting for Seaworthy, Mid North Coast New South Wales, January, 2007.