Photographer Mike Lacey, from Porthleven in Cornwall, has been shooting waves for the past four years.

Mike, 28, told AP: ‘I’ve been interested in taking photos from a young age.

‘I used to skateboard and this is when I started playing with my mum’s camera, trying to get some funky angles of skateboarders.

Mike added: ‘My love for skating turned into a love of surfing and as soon as I was in the waves I wanted to document them.

‘But getting all the gear was quite expensive, so it took a while for me to be able to take shots from the water.

Mike said he uses a Nikon D800 or D3S DSLR, with 16mm fisheye, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 or 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

He protects his gear using SPL and AquaTech water housings.


‘My knowledge of the waves from surfing for the past 13 years means I can get myself in the right spot to take these photos.’

Mike’s work was also published in The Times last week.

He told the newspaper: ‘I love that each wave, once broken, will never break again, so to be inside the wave at that point, to capture something that is there for a split second and then gone forever, is so special.

‘There might be only a few spots which will barrel for an hour or so at a certain point in the tide, so you really have to be able to drop everything and go when it looks good.’

To view more of Mike Lacey’s work, visit



[All photo credits: Mike Lacey]