As we all click through the ever-expanding myriad of local photos that are posted on sites like Magicseaweed it soon becomes apparent that not all photos are created equal, nor are all photographers.

Almost without exception when you come across a real clanger it has invariably been taken by Mr Pierre Bisson. When the swell is up Pierre can often be seen snapping away avidly whatever the weather creating images that can be seen on his site gsyphoto.com. You’ll see a lot more of Pierre’s work on the site in the future, and what you see here in this folio are some of Pierre’s favourite shots and in the mean time we thought we’d catch up with Pierre and find out a bit more about what makes him tick.

When did you first get into photography? When and why did you start to shoot surfing?

I got into photography whilst at university. I used to only shoot slides and holding those small pieces of film in your hand was just like holding a moment in time. Looking at them now, they take me straight back to the time & place they were shot and that’s magical. Digital imagery is quite different but still special in its way.

What equipment do you use?

Canon, GoPro & a Sony P&S. I have three Canon 1D series bodies & L lenses from 24 to 600mm. The GoPro quality has really leapt forward with the latest Hero 3 Black and now makes it a serious contender for both video & stills. The Sony P&S is an RX100 and is one of the best P&S cameras on the market. It has a Zeiss f1.8 lens, full manual control, shoots RAW and fits in your pocket. What more could you want?

Do you have any photographers who inspire/influence you (both surfing and otherwise)

Hengki Koentjoro, Morgan Maassen, Sebastiao Salgado, Tim McKenna, Chris Burkard, Tim Nunn, Ted Grambeau & Vivian Maier. All at the top of their game in their various fields.

Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers?

Do it for the love not for the money.

Who are your favourite local surfers to shoot?

Tom Hill, Jonny Wallbridge, Dan Hewlett, Matt Le Maitre & Tom Colley.
 

Where is you favourite local spot to shoot from?

Perelle, on its day, is hard to beat.

What’s the best trip or location you’ve photographed?

I’ve been to a lot of places but the 2012 World Speed Challenge in Namibia was the most awesome trip ever and the best thing is, we’re going back in a couple of months to do it all again!

Name five places you’d love to shoot and why

Everest Base Camp, Iceland, Mavericks, Atacama desert, Antarctica

If you could shoot any pro surfer in any location in the world who would it be and where?

In the water: Laird Hamilton at Chopes or Cloudbreak. He’s such an all round waterman and has mastered just about every sport that combines a board and the sea. Out of the water: Alana in Bora Bora.

What’s the best thing and the worst thing about being a photographer in Guernsey?

The best thing about Guernsey is its size. Nothing is far away and it doesn’t long to get anywhere, no matter where you are. The worst thing about Guernsey is its size. There’s so much more to see on this planet and you’ve just got to go and have a look.
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