Hi, I'm Roy Edlund, theOBXBeachBum, and I shoot stuff on the beach.
From as early as I can remember, I've been moved by photography…
I can remember, as a child, being transported to faraway places through the photographs in magazines like National Geographic and Life and feeling the whole range of emotions contained in those images.
I even imagined being behind the lens. Over the years, I dabbled here and there, but for the most part, that's where it stayed, in my imagination.
Unlike some that are from here by some fortunate accident of birth, I'm not a native of NC or the Outer Banks. I was born in California and raised on Eastern Long Island in New York. I left there in 1976 hitchhiking around the country for three years or so until I wound up working in the oilfields of coastal Texas.
I don't know why I needed to tell you that, apparently it's a requirement, and to add to my mystique. :)
Anyway, fast forward almost 40 years and we are nearing the end of my fourth July since moving my family to the Outer Banks. I never intended to pursue photography, but I found I couldn't stop shooting if I wanted to.
When we first got here, I certainly didn't refer to myself as a photographer. I felt like it was an insult to “real” photographers. You know the ones that were trained, had paid their dues and not just some old guy with a camera with a lot of time on his hands.
I just took loads of photos, all the time. According to my cameras, I've taken a few hundred thousand shots since then…93,805 in 2012 alone.
I love living here and being a kind of chronicler of this ever-changing landscape. The beaches are never the same from day to day, from breathtaking sunrises and glorious sunsets to powerful surf and the magnificent clouds (oh how I love the clouds here on the OBX) and the untouched expanse of dunes covered in seaoats. I love losing myself in these surroundings and in the moment shooting whatever reaches out to me.
As I've walked this new path, I discovered that my love of this pursuit, shooting the beach landscape, was having a healing effect on my soul. I was changing into the man I imagined I could be.
Bringing me to the present.
I'm still not all that comfortable calling myself a photographer, especially in the company of shooters I admire. I am extremely humbled that people even like my images… especially “real” photographers. Most of all, I'm extremely thankful for those of you that invested in me, that cared enough to encourage me and to even buy my prints... enabling me to pursue this passion.
I'm curious about what lies ahead.