Josh Lynott is the ultimate proof that age doesn’t necessarily play a role when following your dreams once you’ve found your talent and passion. The Australian writer and photographer is only 22 years old, just published his own book and is traveling the world with a lightness and without any fear about tomorrow. We’ve taken a closer look at the inspiring work of Josh and invite you to dive into his world full of vast landscape photography and inspiring quotes about life with us.
Please introduce yourself.
Hey there! I’m Josh Lynott, a 22-year-old author, athlete, and photographer from the sunburnt lands of South Australia. It was a trip to Hawaii that changed everything for me. I went to Hawaii with no idea what I was doing and ended up on the street one night with nowhere to stay. I messaged a few people, asking for a tent and luckily ended up meeting a quality bunch of college students. It was a guy from my hometown Jackson that replied and instead of a tent he lent me his couch for a night. Well, that one night turned into three months, and that’s where the cogs started to turn, and the wheels got rolling. I lived off bananas on a shoestring budget (not much has changed), but we adventured from sunrise to sunset and adventured to a different beach or mountain ridge every day. Three years later, my love for adventures only gets stronger by the day, so that’s what I try to do as much as I can in-between writing, eating and running.
When did you start writing?
That’s an interesting one. It was funny, at my 21st birthday, my Mum pulled out a notebook from when I was little (maybe nine or ten years old) with my life aspirations of being a professional tennis player and being on TV. And I remember from my first adventures with the family that I would write down what we did, so going back to the roots I suppose I was destined to take up writing in one way or another. However, the kind of writing I do now I probably started three years ago when I started traveling.
When was the first time you got in touch with photography?
Again, it was young. I was a very keen tennis player and would go to all the professional tournaments in my hometown. Alongside the court were dozens of photographers with the lenses that were nearly as big as me at the time. I was fascinated by this and would sit next to them, annoying them with question after question. It wasn’t until I was 19 that I saved up and bought my own ‘proper’ camera as I called it. I used this camera up until this year, but it was like an extension of my hand, it went everywhere with me.
What equipment do you use?
I use a Sony A7Rii, with a 24-70mm lens. It’s a versatile camera and super easy to carry around. I’d like to get myself a 70-200mm lens. I’ve been playing around with one of them lately and maybe a drone too. But for now, this does me very well.
Who introduced you to photography and why did you decide to start sharing your photos with the rest of the world?
It was in Hawaii where I feel I was introduced properly to photography. In the house of college students, I was living with there were three guys that were really into their photography. We’ve all improved a lot since then, but at the time they had an endless amount of knowledge on the skill compared to me. Two of them were adventure/landscape photographers, and another was an ocean photographer on a pipeline. I asked them question after question and tried to learn as much as I could when I was with them. Not only did they teach me about photography, but they also taught me about the editing processes that go on behind the scenes. A quote, I’ll always remember from my mate Jackson was “the best photographers are also the best at editing” and that has always stuck with me. It fascinates me how people choose to create the most beautiful image of what they saw at the time of the photograph.
I decided to start sharing my photos just initially so my family and friends could see what I was up to when I was traveling. Often we were on entirely different timezones, so when I was going to sleep, and they were waking up, they’d have a photo to see of what just happened during my day. As time went on, funny things happen on the internet, and people started to show some interest in my photos and adventures. I’ve always made it a priority of mine to make sure I share what I love or want to post and not what others want to see.
How do your writing and photographs come together?
They come together in different ways. Sometimes, my photographs will inspire what I write, so they fall together in that kind of relationship. I believe that everything we could ever imagine or dream to create is already out in nature, so when I take photos, I feel there are often words that can be paired with them to evoke a deeper feeling.
When I started sharing my photos on Instagram, it was initially to show my friends and family. I’d leave a caption with my thoughts of the day, highlights or comments strangers said that left an impact on me. Over time, my writing improved and so did the depth of my thinking. People started to resonate with both captions and the photos, and over time, some photos just didn’t feel complete with a little story or caption behind them.
Moving onto my book, I carefully selected quotes that I felt best represented the photos and aid the questions I was asking the reader.
“I believe that everything we could ever imagine or dream to create is already out in nature.” Joshua Lynott
You recently published your book “Why Don’t You?” Tell us more about it.
There was a quote a while back from Muhammad Ali, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life” and for a long while it got me thinking. I decided I wanted to write a book at 20 and one at 50, even if it was just for myself so I could see how my mind changes over the years.
For me, the main objective of my book was to challenge the thoughts of those that read it and spark a positive change in their lives and hopefully those around them. Thoughts, words, and conversations can most definitely change lives, so WHY DON’T YOU? is a conversation with the reader that aims to get people to go and do what they love and appreciate the smaller things in life. I call these smaller moments ‘The one percenters’ because it’s the accumulation of all these smaller moments that are infinitely the most important.
I talk to a lot of young people who in the big picture, have minimal commitments. They often have a lot of things they want to do but manage to find a way, reason or excuse to avoid them. The reasons they would tell me were an easy way to avoid a deeper fear, and I would see right through it.
The reasons they gave me, and still give, as they respond to my ‘WHY DON’T YOU?’ question fell into the categories: time, money or ‘other commitments’. But when it boiled down to it, the big #1: fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of change. Fear of what others would think. Fear of their own courage Fear of taking the first step. Fear of fear!
For once, I wanted the people around me, plus anybody who crossed my path or read my words, to take a leap in their own life. To be fearless!
How do you plan to continue growing your career via your book, website and social media accounts in the future?
I’m going to continue to post my writing and photographs, and continue to provide as much value as I can to those willing to read/view my work. Along the way, the more genuine relationships I can create with people, whether that be online or in person, the stronger and more powerful the growth will be. I hope to get as many eyes on my book as possible. Writing the book was never about the money, but challenging people’s thoughts and helping them appreciate the little things in life. If they resonate with the book, then I hope they will share it with their friends and so forth.
Last but not least, do you have some projects in the near future you can talk about?
There are a few things in the pipeline for sure. The next one I’m most excited about is an event in Bali in December. It’s a SwimRun event, where 30 athletes race each other in teams of two around the islands of Bali. However, the cause it what gets me most excited. We plan on raising $60,000 US to build a plastic recycling factory. My friend Jackson and I are competing together, and we will be ramping up our awareness of plastic pollution over the next couple of months. This isn’t going to be a one-off thing, because the plastic problem we face globally isn’t getting any better.
Aside from that, I’ll be working on the marketing of my book and hopefully looking to get into some public speaking. The book and the peripherals that come along with it is a roller coaster ride, so I’m sure there will be many little side projects that pop up as a result of that. Maybe soon I’ll start thinking about book number two, but we’ll keep that under wraps for now.
With his unstoppable wanderlust and his awe-inspiring imagery, Josh tells the story of his life with its countless natural pearls, endless summers, scenic attractions and adventures lurking around every corner. Follow Josh Lynott on his journey, witness the exciting path of a young traveler and read his inspiring book.
*numbers current at the time of writing.
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