Prawn pic finds an unlikely market in Dubai

BALLINA'S Big Prawn is either an eyesore or an important cultural marker, depending on your point of view.

From Ballina to Dubai; Kaius Potter’s image of the Big Prawn.
From Ballina to Dubai; Kaius Potter’s image of the Big Prawn. Contributed Kaius Potter

But a black and white photo of the oversized crustacean has found a market in the most unlikely of places; Dubai.

The photo was taken by 17-year-old Lennox Head high school student Kaius Potter and featured on the surf website coastalwatch.com.

"I was startled by the fact somebody in Dubai wanted it," Kaius said.

It turns out the mystery buyer wanted a poster-size print for somebody who used to live near the prawn.

He has also been making waves with his surf videos and photography. Some of his stills and videos shot around Lennox Head and Byron Bay have been featured by Australian Surfing Life, Korduroy.tv, Magicseaweed and the Coastalwatch website.

"I'm good mates with Soli Bailey who is a sponsored surfer with Billabong who got me in to filming things and I've done heaps of work with him."

Kaius said he surfs "a little bit" but is much more comfortable standing on the beach with a camera in front of him.

His aim at the moment is to get as much exposure as possible and to hopefully go professional when he has finished school.

"Yeah, it'd be good to have a crack at it, but I'm also planning to go to university to do a Bachelor of Business."



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